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A Range of Heritage & Garden Tours

Brookland Travel
Established 1999




Brookland Travel is one of the few tour operators specialising  in UK Heritage and Garden Holidays.  Since 1999 we have been organising short breaks and cultural holidays in the UK for the domestic and inbound travel market, individuals, groups and organisations.   We also design bespoke tours to some European destinations for groups and organisations.

We specialise in tour themes which cover a wide range of special interests. If you have a short break or tour in mind that is not listed below please do not hesitate to call us on 01305 259467 and we will do our very best to assist you:

  • History tours
  • Art appreciation
  • Garden tours, flower shows, famous and private gardens
  • Stately homes and country houses
  • Castle tours, battlefields and fortifications
  • Churches and Abbeys
  • Industrial Heritage
  • UK Cities and Amazing Architecture
  • Maritime and Maritime Heritage
  • Archaeology
  • UK Islands - The Isles of Scilly, Isle of Man and Isle of Wight
  • Highlands and Islands of Scotland
  • Southern Ireland and Northern Ireland
  • Literary Tours – Jane Austen, Victorian women writers, Thomas Hardy etc
  • Theatrical and musical appreciation
  • Dorset’s Jurassic Coastline
  • Exclusive hotel breaks

All of our tours are bespoke/tailor made and therefore the list of past tours is too extensive to mention here!

For the more independent individual travellers wishing to join one of our own tours, you can travel independently to the hotel which is the base for the tour. The benefit of this is the opportunity to travel in your own time and perhaps extend your holiday beyond the tour dates.  Some tours  commence from central London and other designated areas.

Travel should be an educational and enjoyable experience and therefore we try to ensure that the amount of time spent travelling by coach is minimal and comfortable. Visits and tours are not rushed and suitable refreshment and comfort stops are included where appropriate.

  • Our tours and hotel breaks prices usually include:
  • 3* or 4* hotel accommodation with full English breakfast
  • Three course dinners with coffee (unless otherwise stated)
  • Welcome receptions and introductory talks/lecturers where appropriate
  • Professional tour leaders and where appropriate guest lectures and specialist tour leaders
  • Touring quality coaching, with air conditioning and toilet where appropriate*
  • The inclusion of all entry fees and excursions as per the itinerary
  • Tickets and transport charges where appropriate

There are no hidden extras except coffee stops and lunches, if not stated on the tour documentation, travel insurance and tips and gratuities. (At your discretion)

* Small groups travel in comfortable mini coaches.  We are not a coach company and all coaching is contracted out to our preferred suppliers.

Staff and Tour Guides
Brena Roche
Managing Director

Brena's expertise in tour operations and special interest travel has been achieved by working with and providing exclusive bespoke tours for major hotel groups, English Heritage, RHS Centres, Horticultural Associations, Fine Art Associations and many more. Such a diverse range of products are enhanced by hand picked specialist guides and tour leaders and years of experience in finding unique venues and visits and operating tours to a high standard. Before starting Brookland Travel in 1999 , Brena was Operations Director for a U.K. tour operator. Her interests are wide ranging and include travel, gardening, cycling. Gig rowing, history and art.
Julian Humphrys
Tours Through Time Tour Guide

Julian Humphrys has led historical and general yours for Brookland Travel since 2003 when he joined Brookland to lead the English Heritage Short Breaks and Day Tours. Julian studied history at Emmanuel College, Cambridge and has worked for the Natiional a Army Museum and The Battlefield Trust. He is a broadcaster and author of a number of historical books.
Susan Home
Inbound Tour Consultant

Sue has been designing and overseeing the day to day running of bespoke inbound programmes of the UK and Ireland for more years than she cares to remember. Having worked as a tour guide herself she really understands the needs of her clients so can tailor tours to the exact requirements of the visiting group. She usually comes up with some very special exclusive and unique visits and experiences. Her tours run to perfection and no small detail is overlooked. Having lived in London for many years where she ran her own inbound company and a big programme of garden day tours Sue now lives in South West England and is a tourism marketing consultant to a number of venues. Her hobbies include walking her dogs, patchwork and quilting and volunteering in the local Rotary Charity Shop.


"This is by way of a heartfelt thank you for arranging such a wonderful holdiay for us - visiting the gardens with Duncan and Colin. From the moment w.e were collected to our safe return on Saturday evening, we all had the most marvellous time

Mrs F C , Meonstoke Hants

"Hi team, we would like to thank for arranging a near perfect break with friendly staff, clean quiet rooms, a cosy restaurant serving simple well prepared food locally sourced. The mix of private gardens we found a delight, those on a more modest scale contrasting with the others unconstrained by budget. Sub tropical Herm, rugged Sark, such a contrast. Gill was the most informative guide we have encountered. Her close ties to all aspects of island life - she seemed to know everyone and everything - making us feel at home. Dear Andy, every ready with amusing anecdotes, flower shirts and immense horticultural knowledge. All told, a professionally planned and faultlessly operated trip. Our sincere thanks.

Mr R S , Surrey

HMS Victory
Durham Castle

Brookland Travel are a special interest tour operator in Dorchester, Dorset, providing garden tours, cultural holidays, English heritage short breaks and more throughout the UK and Europe.

Registered Address: 26 Middlemarsh St, Poundbury, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 3FD. Reg No 03819803

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