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Highgrove Gardens by Coach

A rare opportunity to visit the famous Royal private gardens

Enjoy a visit to HRH The Prince of Wales' cherished gardens at his country estate in the heart of Gloucestershire. Since 1980, His Royal Highness has transformed the formerly bleak landscape surrounding the house into one of the most creatively inspired layouts in Britain today. We also include a tour of the gently rolling hills and honey-coloured stone villages of the Cotswolds, together with a visit to delightful Bourton-on-the-Water. This really is a 'must see' for any garden-lover, and definitely a rare horticultural treat.

Tour Highlights And Inclusions

  • Entry to Highgrove Gardens
  • A two-hour walking tour with one of the Prince of Wales's expert garden guides
  • A visit to Bourton-on-the-Water in the Cotswolds
  • One night's dinner, bed and full English breakfast accommodation at a three-star standard hotel in the Swindon area
  • Coach travel from the local area
  • The services of a friendly Tour Manager

Single rooms are available for a supplement

Itinerary

Day One

We leave your local area early this morning and travel to the village of Bourton-on-the-Water, often referred to as the 'Venice of the Cotswolds' due to its picturesque low arched bridges across the River Windrush. Arriving by early afternoon, you may wish to explore St. Lawrence's Church with its unusual domed tower, visit the Model Railway Exhibition and Toyshop, or explore the Perfume or Motor Car museums. Alternatively, simply enjoy a seat by the river in one of the many cafes and tea rooms as you watch the world pass by.

After time to explore, re-board the coach to continue the journey to our overnight hotel, arriving in good time for dinner.

Day Two

After a leisurely breakfast, board our coach as we head to Highgrove. The Royal Family purchased the estate, just outside Tetbury, in 1980, and it's gardens are a spectacular lesson in blending creativity and tradition with the organic and sustainable principles that are so important to His Royal Highness.

Your visit will include a two-hour tour in the company of one of the estate's expert guides. The tour will reveal the history and stories behind the creation of these extraordinary gardens, normally exclusively enjoyed by the Prince and the Duchess of Cornwall but which, for a limited time only, are opened to the public.

You'll also have time to enjoy lunch at the Orchard Restaurant (payable locally) and explore the Highgrove Estate shop. Then sit back, relax and enjoy a scenic tour of the Cotswolds before we commence your journey home. You should be back in your local area by mid-to-late evening.
Departure county Pick-up points
Derbyshire
Derbyshire Derby
East Riding Of Yorkshire
East Riding Of Yorkshire Hull
Leicestershire
Leicestershire Hinckley, Leicester
Lincolnshire
Lincolnshire Boston, Lincoln, Scunthorpe
North Yorkshire
North Yorkshire Northallerton, Thirsk, York
Nottinghamshire
Nottinghamshire Newark, Nottingham, Retford, Worksop
South Yorkshire
South Yorkshire Doncaster, Woodall Services M1
Staffordshire
Staffordshire Burton Upon Trent
West Yorkshire
West Yorkshire Halifax, Huddersfield, Keighley, Wakefield

Swindon Area Hotel 

You will be staying in one of a range of comfortable hotels in the Swindon area, such as the Express by Holiday Inn Swindon West or the Jury's Inn, Swindon. All rooms in all hotels have private facilities, TV, radio, and tea- and coffee-making facilities. All hotels used have good restaurant and bar facilities.

Further Information

Security at Highgrove

Strict security measures are in place at Highgrove, and you will need to bring photographic identification (such as a passport, driving license or bus pass) or two different utility bills. You will not be admitted without identification. The use of mobile phones, cameras, binoculars and all recording equipment is not allowed while on the Highgrove Estate.

Walking tour conditions

We suggest you wear comfortable footwear and clothing, and bring an umbrella in case of bad weather.

Coach seating arrangements

Your seats on the main coach will be allocated for you in advance, taking into consideration any special requests wherever possible. Your Tour Manager or driver will advise you where to sit as you board the coach. This will be your seat for the duration of the tour. (Seats are not allocated on any connecting services to and from the main coach.)

Triple rooms

The majority of these consist of a double bed and an extra bed that is often only suitable for children. If this is a concern, you may wish to consider booking more than one room for your group.

Meal arrangements

Where meals are not included, your Tour Manager will ensure there are suitable stops made for you to purchase and enjoy lunch and/or dinner each day.

Joining your holiday

Your final travel documents, including the exact time and place of departure, will be sent to you approximately 10 days prior to departure, providing all payments have been made. We are unable to give exact departure times before this.

Itinerary changes

In order to ensure the smooth operation of this tour, we reserve the right to reverse the itinerary on Day Two and enjoy the scenic tour of the Cotswolds in the morning and visit Highgrove Gardens in the early afternoon.

Special requirements

If you have notified us of any special requirements, please check that they have been noted and acknowledged. This is especially important with any dietary needs you may have.

Disabled access

The majority of our tours involve a certain amount of walking, including a short walk from the coach stop to the town, attraction or venue you're visiting. Those bringing a wheelchair must be accompanied by somebody who is capable of pushing them throughout the walking tour.

Highgrove Gardens reviews verified by reevooReevoo

Highgrove GardensScores 8.1 out of 10 based on 52 reviews
(9 out of 10)

ANTHONY

Brentwood Couple
Highgrove was superb but the coach journey particularly after Highgrove was not good. The tour manager promised us a tour of the Cotswolds but she and the driver clearly had no knowledge of the villages that were within easy reach. Instead we were driven to Cirencester where we parked for an hour on a Sunday afternoon when most things were closed. We then drove to South Mimms to meet a feeder coach which was waiting for us. We then waited for an hour for a break for the driver, why, he was nowhere near his legal limit.
We have been with Newmarket before but these long waits for feeder coaches means that we will not be using them again.
Confirmed traveller: 06 August 2017
Published on: 17 August 2017
(9 out of 10)

SUSAN

Couple
Overall the trip was great, the Cotswolds were lovely and Highgrove was very inspiring.
Our Hotel was very comfortable and ideal for this overnight stop.
Confirmed traveller: 06 August 2017
Published on: 17 August 2017
(10 out of 10)

ANNE

Friends
A f fiend. And I went on the two day trip to Highgrove and Bourton on the water. Every thing was very good. The hote l was excellent. My highlight was Bourton on the water, where I went on a school trip. Lovely. I didn t find the coach the most comfortable. Original seats had restricted views. 41& 42, I think. We changed to the seats just behind the toilets. These had really good views but of course restricted foot room. I would certainly recommend this week end. ...... Ps for fiend read friend.
Confirmed traveller: 06 August 2017
Published on: 15 August 2017
(5 out of 10)

ANNIE

Southwold Friends
Hotel too far from Highgrove. No food left at supper as we were at end of queue. Tour leader - ineffective, not friendly, didn't bond with any of the coach party.
Confirmed traveller: 06 August 2017
Published on: 14 August 2017
(1 out of 10)

B C

SG1 Couple
The organisation timings were wasteful for joining at South Mimms. The 1hour visit to Cirencester was not necessary and could have allowed all travellers to get home one hour earlier.
The courier was disorganised and did not give advance notice of various parts of the programme. Handing out keys at the hotel was chaos!
The driver on the way back to South Mimms was extremely dangerous. On numerous occasions he did not have a hand gripping the steering wheel. They were either holding a water bottle and unscrewing the cap, holding a paper bag and getting a piece of a biscuit out of it and into his mouth or both hands clasped and resting on the centre of the wheel.
In heavy traffic on the M4 tailgating slower vehicles and making sharp change of lane from slow to middle lane and a couple of times missing the car in front by less than 2 metres.
Confirmed traveller: 06 August 2017
Published on: 14 August 2017