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Gardens of Yorkshire with David Hurrion

3 nights starting from

  • Afternoon tea at legendary Betty’s Tea Rooms, Harrogate

  • The walled gardens at Helmsley and Scampston

  • RHS gardens at Harlow Carr

  • Burnby Hall Gardens with its 100 varieties of waterlilies

This new tour, in the company of acclaimed plantsman and horticultural guide, David Hurrion, takes you to some of the finest gardens, from the renowned to less well-known private properties of England’s largest county.  No visit to Yorkshire is complete without a visit to Betty’s Tearoom in Harrogate, where our tour ends with a delicious cream tea.

Available Departures


08 - July - 2019 £ 649.00 Travel Info Book Now

Provisional Timings


Day 1: Arrive independently at the Ripon Spa Hotel from 15.00.
Welcome reception, dinner with wine and introductory talk from your horticulturalist tour guide, David Hurrion.

Day 2:  Helmsley Walled Garden and Newby Hall
Our first visit is to the five beautiful acres in the North Yorkshire Moors that is Helmsley Walled Garden, in a state of dereliction in 1994, but restored over the years to the splendid gardens we see today. This afternoon, we head to Newby Hall, a delightful late 18th century house with splendid gardens.

Day 3: Scampston Walled Garden, Burnby Hall Gardens and Stillingfleet Lodge Gardens
Three contrasting gardens for our delectation today as we head first to Scampston to see the unashamedly modern walled garden, designed by the renowned Dutch plantsman, Piet Oudolf, which complements the surrounding Capability Brown landscapes.  Then to Burnby Hall Gardens, renowned for its National Collection of more than 100 varieties of Waterlily.  Finally to the outskirts of York to Stillingfleet Lodge, a series of individual colour-themed cottage gardens.  

Day 4: Parceval Hall Gardens, RHS Harlow Carr and Betty’s tearooms.
A packed last day and arguably the best of all with a visit to Parceval Hall Gardens, laid out by historic plantsman, Sir William Milner from 1927 and planted with specimens from around the globe. Then to the RHS’ splendid northern outpost at Harlow Carr, covering some 68 acres of landscapes from running and still water to woodland and wildflower meadows.  And lastly, into nearby Harrogate for afternoon tea in a private room at the legendary Betty’s tea room – a fitting way to end this superb tour. Return to the hotel for approximately 1730.

NB: Exact order of excursions may vary according to local conditions and tour manager's discretion.

Please note: Extra nights are available at a supplement, please click here or on the availability tab above to select your date of travel and extra night rates.

Please note the maximum group size on this tour is 49 passengers.


  • Three nights' bed and breakfast at the three-star Ripon Spa Hotel, based on shared occupancy of a twin/double room
  • Welcome reception
  • First night private three-course dinner with wine
  • Second and third dinners in the hotel restaurant
  • All talks, guided tours and admissions
  • Tour manager and coach transfers throughout


  • Transport to the hotel is not included
  • Single room supplement 
  • Extra nights on bed & breakfast basis
  • Holiday insurance 
  • Meals other than those stated
  • Items of a personal nature such as drinks, laundry, telephone calls etc
  • Porterage and gratuities


Ripon Spa Hotel

Stylish, traditional three-star hotel located five minutes from the centre of the lovely market town of Ripon.  Set in spacious grounds and privately-owned by the same family for more than a century, the “spa” in its name is purely historic, but the hotel boasts a restaurant, bar,  and comfortable bedrooms with all modern appointments including en-suite bath/shower, flat screen digital TV and radio, direct dial telephones, trouser press, hair dryer and tea and coffee making facilities. Complimentary car parking is available at the hotel.

Ripon Spa Hotel Website


Please note that all our UK tours start and finish at the relevant hotel.  

You can normally check in from 3pm onwards but hotels will always be happy to store your luggage if you arrive earlier in the day. 

For full details of how to get to the hotel, directions and the nearest train station, please click on the hotel website or call our office for details. These will also be sent automatically with your confirmation. 

The welcome reception and first evening dinner / talk will commence at about 7pm - full details will be sent with your joining instructions about 10 days prior to the arrival date. 

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