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Gardens of the Yorkshire Dales and Wolds

Jackson’s Wold, Old Vicarage Whixley, Birstwith Hall,
York Gate, Breezy Knees, Sledmere House,
RHS Harlow Carr, Grantley Hall
Staying at Wood Hall Hotel, Wetherby
4 – 7 July 2022 (3 nights)

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Enjoy a garden tour discovering some new gardens from east to west in the Yorkshire Wolds and Dales.   Staying just outside Wetherby at the luxury 4* Wood Hall Hotel and Spa, a historic country house set in tranquil grounds with panoramic views. The gardens included in the tour:

Jackson’s Wold is a wonderful three acre garden created by enthusiastic and very knowledgeable owners. A beautiful and unusual garden on top of the Yorkshire Wolds and designed to sit in harmony with the surrounding countryside.  The garden is a profusion of colour and scent, with some unusual plants and innovative design schemes.  The garden at Sledmere House is gaining increasing standing for its dynamic and innovative development of the walled garden which has been designed to maintain its formal and traditional style in keeping with its history but giving it a contemporary twist.  A light lunch will be provided in their Coach House Café.  Breezy Knees - with over 20 acres of extensive gardens featuring more than 7,000 different varieties of flowers, shrubs and trees and described by Monty Don as "a beautiful modern garden created on the grandest possible scale, Breezy Knees is one of the largest gardens in Northern England.

The Old Vicarage Whixley combines romanticism with plantsmanship a quintessential English garden with a ¾ acre walled flower garden overlooking the deer park and with walls, house and various structures within the garden festooned with climbers. Mixed borders, old roses, hardy/half-hardy perennials and topiary are part of this superb garden.  Grantley Hall on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales has stunning new landscaped grounds surrounding this new luxury hotel. The garden has massive contemporary mirror borders of grasses and perennials, a kitchen and rose garden and dating from 1910 one of the earliest Japanese gardens to be found in the country.  Birstwith Hall is a charming and varied four acre garden in a quiet Yorkshire dale.  The gardens were originally created by the Ackroyd family in the 1920's and include a formal park, walled garden, ornamental orchard, stream and pond.

York Gate is a magical one acre garden created by the Spencer family between 1951 and 1994, now owned and cared for by the charity Perennial. It is widely recognized as an outstanding example of 20th century garden design. It is divided into a series of smaller gardens by yew and beech hedges with different themes and contrasting styles. Finally Harlow Carr, the RHS’s own 5 star garden of the north, a fabulous garden and a showcase of horticultural excellence.

Monday 4 July: Arrive and check into the hotel from 3 pm.  Join fellow guests for a drink before dinner.

Tuesday 5 July:  Yorkshire Wolds – Jackson’s Wold, Sledmere House (light lunch included) Breezy Knees.

Wednesday 6 July:  Yorkshire Dales – The Old Vicarage Whixley, Grantley Hall with late morning refreshments followed by lunch in local pub.  Continue the journey over the Dales with stunning scenery to Birstwith Hall.

Thursday 7 July: Check out of the hotel before a garden visit to York Gate then continue to RHS Harlow Carr,   The coach will then drop at Harrogate Station for 2 pm.   Those with cars can follow from the hotel independently or coach will drop back at hotel for 2.30 pm. (There are a small number of rooms available at the hotel if you wished to stay an extra night).

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.

Tour price includes:

3 nights’ accommodation, breakfast, dinner, two light lunches.
All garden entries and tours and refreshments as stated.
Heritage Touring representative and coaching


Tour cost per person £780
Single Supplement £40 per night (£120)
Non-refundable deposit:   £175

Parking available at the hotel
Rail station: Leeds & Harrogate 13 m York 17 m

Woodhall Hotel and Spa



Each tour, unless stated otherwise in the tour details, includes welcome reception, hotel accommodation, dinner and breakfast, entry fees, guided tours and tickets where appropriate,  lunches and refreshments where stated, professional guide and executive coaching. 

You are asked to make your own travel arrangements to join each break at the hotel listed.  We are happy to give advice and where possible organise shared taxis from a rail station to the hotel and where appropriate the coach will finish a tour at the station. However we cannot take responsibility for individual travel bookings.

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