The Irish Connection - Ireland gardens and Heritage travel with the experts
5 night/6 day driver guided Northern Ireland gardens tour with heritage interest - visit the Titanic sites and the Antrim coast and the Giants Causeway.
CUSTOM TOUR - you tell us when you want to travel!
Save $200 per person when you book by June 1, 2012.
In Northern Ireland there are so many garden festivals and events that you are bound to find one of them when you choose to travel. Because this is a private tour we can change the program to fit with the best that is on offer at the time. It could be the Apple Blossom Festival in Co Armagh in May or a special private garden open with the Ulster garden scheme in June, music in the garden in late summer at Castle Ward or Mount Stewart, or the Summer Fair at Glenarm Castle in August. There is so much to see in the world of gardens in Ireland.
Day 1 - Arrive: Recover from the flight from the USA, meet with your guide, tour the Antrim coast, The Giant's Causeway and Bushmills overnight at tour hotel
Day 2 - All day touring gardens of Ireland theme and overnight at tour hotel.
Gardens to be visited to day
Mount Stewart with all its 1920's decadence and outstanding planting and views over the lake, with the statues and wonderful magical space.
Rowallane - A true plantsman's garden with a flowing informal style, with wonderful displays of shrubs an amazing rockery and numerous collections of plants and a wildflower meadow. You could spend all day in each of these gardens
Day 3 - A day at the Titanic site, cultural exploration in Belfast - visit Belfast Botanic Garden, and overnight at tour hotel.
Day 4 - Spend the day touring gardens with our private guide Overnight tour hotel.
Gardens to be visited:
Benvarden Garden a place with an award winning garden part of an historic estate
Carnfunnock walled garden which offers much for the visitor
Day 5 - Tour gardens with our private guide, and overnight at tour hotel.
Gardens to be visited
Glenarm Castle walled garden - originally designed to provide produce for the castle, it is now transformed to excite the visitor with many different plants, shapes, colors. One of Ireland's oldest walled gardens - this is well worth visiting.
This afternoon visit a private garden in this area dependent on the time of year this could be Ballyrobert Cottage Garden with its Ulster cottage garden design or Dorothy Brown's Garden in Ballymoney - a beautiful suburban garden to give visitors lots of ideas for their own plot of land.
Day 6 - Transfer for flights back to the USA or train to Dublin. There are many wonderful gardens in and near Dublin.
The overnight location is at a top quality Irish Bed and Breakfast or small hotel in or close to Belfast- amenities include a delicious Irish breakfast, and a great welcome.
Our tour guide is a wonderful resource for your special visit to Ireland. He is very knowledgeable and a great companion for a tour. From your base in Northern Ireland you can explore the history, heritage and culture of Ireland. Learn about the building of the Titanic, visit the Antrim coast and the Giants Causeway, learn about Scots Irish Heritage, explore the small villages and gardens of the area. The choice is yours or rely on Alister to plan a visit that gives you great insight into the places visited and above all the gardens of Northern Ireland.
Please read the tour conditions, complete and sign the Registration form and book your trip. Payment is by Paypal or by check if you prefer.
Tours are offered with your choice of dates. Please let us know by email when you want to book. We would be glad to answer questions. This is your tour. Pre and post tour with touring may be available.
If you are interested in garden travel in the Republic of Ireland we have many specialist tours in the south also and would be glad to quote for your special custom tour to Ireland - North or South.
All tours are subject to change and to availability and to confirmation by The Irish Connection.