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Hillier Holidays 2017

University of Oxford Botanic Gardens


Every year, we run a number of Hillier Garden Club Tours, giving you the opportunity to view beautiful gardens in the company of like-minded garden enthusiasts.

We are delighted to be partnering with Brightwater in 2017 for our Hillier Holidays. 

You can find our list of destinations, dates and starting prices below. For more information and to book contact:

Brightwater Holidays | Tel: 01334 657155 | Email: info@brightwaterholidays.com


Brochure Download: Read the full Hillier Holidays Brochure here


7-10 April | Spring in the Dutch bulbfields

The world-famous Keukenhof tulip fields in The Netherlands is home to more than 7 million bulbs. Join us and experience displays of tulip, daffodil and hyacinth varieties. This trip also takes in many beautiful and historic towns and cities, including Amsterdam, Utrecht and Holland’s oldest city, Dordrecht.

Prices from £665 | Click here to see the full itinerary on the Brightwater website


12-15 May | Highland and Island Gardens

The Western Seaboard of Scotland is home to some of the finest gardens in Europe.  On the Isle of Bute we visit two wonderful horticultural sites, including the spectacular Gothic house Mount Stuart. Other grand gardens include Arduaine at Loch Melfort, the quaint private garden of An Cala on the Isle of Seil, Crarae Gardens with its great Asiatic fowering shrubs, and Benmore Botanic Gardens, near Dunoon

Prices from £995 | Click here to see the full itinerary on the Brightwater website


11-12 June | The Cotswolds

Some of the fnest gardens in England are to be found nestled among the green and rolling hills of Gloucestershire. This trip takes some fantastic gardens including the fascinating Rococo Garden near Painswick; Hidcote Manor with its power to capture the imagination and the private garden of Misarden Park, redeveloped in the 20th century by Sir Edwin Lutyens in his famous Edwardian style.

Prices from £249 | Click here to see the full itinerary on the Brightwater website


7-10 July | Best of Angus Private Gardens

The rich, fertile soil of Angus provides an ideal environment for gardening, so it’s no surprise that within this historic county in North-East Scotland there are a host of wonderful gardens to be enjoyed. Highlights include The House of Pitmuies, with its lavishly planted herbaceous borders; an astonishing number of grand gardens including Brechin Castle and Logie House, a herbalist’s garden set amid an 18th century walled garden with a large Victorian greenhouse.

Prices from £825 | Click here to see the full itinerary on the Brightwater website


4-6 August | The Gardens of Oxfordshire

Oxfordshire is steeped in history – from the august honey-hued buildings, to the tranquil courtyards; narrow cobbled lanes to the famed spires. Visit The University of Oxford Botanic Garden, with an introduction from the Curator; cross the border into Buckinghamshire to Waddesdon Manor,  situated on top of a knoll with fantastic views over Oxfordshire and the Vale of Aylesbury plus enjoy exploring Broughton Grange, a spectacular garden set amongst 25 acres of woodland.

Prices from £385 | Click here to see the full itinerary on the Brightwater website


15-17 September | Gardens of South Wales

The phrase “good things come in small packages” has never been truer than when describing South Wales. Join our tour in the ‘land of my fathers’ to see The National Botanic Garden of Wales – a massive estate in the heart of Carmarthenshire; Dyffryn Botanic Gardens and Aberglasney, set in the beautiful Towy valley, which has been rediscovered and restored after 50 years of neglect.

Prices from £425 | Click here to see the full itinerary on the Brightwater website


9-12 October | Madeira at its Best

Set in a bright blue sea, some 400 miles off the coast of Africa, lies the lush, volcanic Portuguese island of Madeira. Just 36 miles long and 14 miles wide, it is an island of outstanding natural beauty. During the tour, you will have the chance to explore a remarkable variety of vegetation, fruit and flowers. Orchids, bougainvillaea, lilies, hydrangeas, magnolias, jacarandas and azaleas bloom effortlessly throughout the year, and delight the eye at every turn. We also visit the Monte Palace Gardens at Monte.

Prices from £945 | Click here to see the full itinerary on the Brightwater website


About Brightwater Holidays

Brightwater Holidays is the UK’s leading Gardens and Special Interest Tour Operator. They offer inclusive group tours to gardens in the British Isles and around the world. Their gardens are carefully chosen to include a balance of large, famous properties and smaller, private gardens, not normally open to the public. To go on a Brightwater Holiday is to join a group of like-minded adults with enquiring minds, who are all looking for more from their holiday package. Brightwater holidays are all well planned and paced, often with a twist or a theme. They work hard to arrange the innovative and the special, making it easy to visit that garden, antiquity or island you’ve always wanted to see. To walk with the owner of a private garden that has opened especially for your party and hear the secrets and stories of their garden is the norm on a Brightwater Holiday.