The Lost Gardens of Heligan & the Garden House

Copthorne Hotel Plymouth

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No. of Days:

3 days

£169.00 pp

A relaxing break designed to fill your senses with nature's best! Introductory price!

Based in the coastal city of Plymouth, this is a particularly fascinating tour for those interested in Cornwall’s history, plants and gardens. Plymouth itself combines the vibrancy of a modern city with the heritage of an historic port. Plymouth Hoe is always a big hit with visitors and certainly offers the best view in town from Smeaton’s Tower Lighthouse. In the Elizabethan Barbican are the Mayflower Steps, from where the Pilgrim Fathers famously set sail for America and the rest of the city is full of interesting shops and welcoming shops, bars and restaurants.

Copthorne Hotel, Plymouth

Situated in the heart of the city is the Copthorne Hotel Plymouth. With the vibrant nightlife and cultural attractions in Devon right on its doorstep, and a short walk away from the Barbican and iconic Mayflower steps, it is hard to beat for location and convenience. The popular restaurant , best known for its Chef’s modern take on the local cuisine, draws in guests and locals alike and there is also a pleasant bar and fitness suite. All of the bedrooms are well-appointed, as you would expect.

Day 1

After joining the coach, we head towards our destination that will have coffee/lunch stops along the way. We expect to arrive at our hotel late afternoon.

Days 2 

Traditional English breakfast followed by free time and included excursions.

Day 3

After breakfast we make our way home. After stopping for a coffee/lunch break, we continue homewards.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Unveiled in 1992 from under decades of overgrowth, the Lost Gardens were restored on a shoestring budget and hailed by The Times as “…the garden restoration of the century”. Today the mysterious gardens and estate offer over 200 acres for exploration. Discover romantic Victorian productive gardens and pleasure grounds along winding paths laid out over two centuries ago. Step back in time and journey across the world beneath the historic rhododendron boughs of Sikkim, beside Maori-carved tree ferns from New Zealand or explore our Italian Garden and Alpine inspired Ravine. This exuberant garden hosts a riot of luxuriant foliage, outstanding trees and inspiring views, drawing the imagination on a journey far from our temperate shores.

The Garden House

The Garden House is a unique eight acres of vibrant colour and fascinating plants, featuring ‘naturalistic planting’ of over 6,000 varieties of plants within a beautiful South Devon landscape on the edge of mystical Dartmoor National Park. At the heart of this magical place is the walled garden, designed and planted by Lionel Fortescue and his wife Katherine in the mid-1940s. Lionel’s successor, Keith Wiley, added his own stamp to this part of the garden, particularly in the Ovals Garden, a sculpture in stone and planting centred on a thatched summerhouse. Brooding over all is the ruin of the vicarage tower: the vicarage tower was replaced in the 19th century by what is now the Garden House, where you can enjoy morning coffee, light lunches and afternoon teas in a beautiful mansion. Beyond the walls of the old vicarage is a glorious garden offering a host of delights, like the Cottage Garden and the magnificent South African Garden. The Garden House occupies a unique position at the forefront of a revolution in ‘naturalistic planting’ - working in harmony with nature and allowing flowers to intermingle to provide living kaleidoscopes of colour


The beautiful coastal town of Salcombe sits on the banks of the Salcombe Estuary making it one of the prettiest towns in South Devon. Located within the South Devon Area of Oustanding Natural Beauty, it is known for its outstanding coastal views and rolling surrounding countryside, as well as a centre for sailing. The local beaches are nothing short of outstanding, with golden sand and turquoise sea. Salcombe town is lined with boutique shops, high street brands and independent producers, as well as local art galleries and gift shops - you can spend hours browsing through the town. Don’t forget to try some delicious Salcombe Dairy Ice-cream or the award winning Salcombe Gin - both have in town shops and distilleries you can visit.

  • Reserved coach travel throughout
  • 2 nights, bed & breakfast
  • The Lost Gardens of Heligan & The Garden House (admission included)
  • Excursion to Salcombe

This tour picks up at the following points:

  • Bridgend
  • Cardiff Central
  • Cardiff West
  • Llanelli
  • Neath
  • Newport
  • Port Talbot
  • Swansea Central

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Prices are per person based on 2 adults sharing. Single rooms may carry a supplement. You will find what rooms and prices are available in the booking process.


Holiday bookings are subject to our Terms & Conditions which you must be familiar with prior to booking. We recommend Travel Insurance for this holiday. If you do not already have cover, please contact us.

Please be aware that coach trips can include lengthy periods of travel and always require some degree of walking. There are steps onto the coach and some hotels/venues will have steps.


£40 Single room supplement - Prices shown are per person based on two people sharing a standard room.

The Lost Gardens of Heligan & The Garden House (admission included)

Other Dates

Departure Date: Friday 29 Mar 2019
Duration: 3 Days

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