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Historic Houses and Gardens of the Home Counties

  • Chapel Manor Gardens

    Chapel Manor Gardens
4 day tour
From £199 per person

Explore the hidden parts of the exciting and interesting Counties to the northern edge of London. The Home Counties offer a mix of delightful gardens, historic houses, scintillating countryside and interesting towns to explore. This tour will allow you to get a much better understanding of all the visits, each with a tour guide.


April - October

Suggested itinerary by coach

Day 1

Travel to hotel.

Arrive at your hotel and relax before dinner.

Day 2

St. Albans and Hatfield House.

After breakfast, a visit to the Roman town of St. Albans with a knowledgeable local guide. Formally known as Verulanium, this was the 3rd largest City in Roman Britain and was built around AD50. You will visit the cathedral, with the longest naive in England, the Roman theatre and museum or wander the charming old streets learning some of the history as you go. There will time for lunch in St Albans. After lunch, a visit to Hatfield House, a fine Jacobean House adjoining the site of the Old Palace of Hatfield. This is where Elizabeth I, spent most of her childhood. The Garden dates from the early 17th century. You will have a guided tour around the house and depending on day of visit and time, there may be chance for a guided garden visit as well.

Day 3

Capel Manor Gardens and Knebworth House.

After breakfast visit Capel Manor Gardens, well you will enjoy a guided walk and discover a wonderful scented oasis surrounding a Georgian Manor House. Later you can visit Knebworth House, one of England’s most beloved stately homes, famous worldwide for its rock concerts and as the home of Victorian novelist Edward Bulwer Lytton – author of the words ‘The pen is mightier than the sword’. Your guide will escort you around the House, and we can also arrange a guided tour of the Garden (supplement applies).

Day 4

Return home.

After breakfast start your journey home.

Suggested hotels

Mercure Hotel Watford **** – Recently inspected by Greatdays staff

This stylish Watford Hotel is located just off junction 5 of the the M1 and only 25 minutes from London City Centre. In the stylish Brasserie and Bar, guests can enjoy traditional and internationally inspired cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere. There is a gym with heated indoor pool and a spa with sauna and steam room for guests to relax in after a long day. All 218 bedrooms feature an HD LED TV, complimentary high speed Wi-Fi and tea and coffee making facilities. This hotel has rooms adapted for disabled use and a car park on-site.

Hilton Watford **** – Recently inspected by Greatdays staff

Located only 5 minutes from Watford Town Centre and 20 minutes from central London by train, this 4-star hotel is the perfect base to explore scenic South East England. After a long busy day, guests can unwind in the LivingWell Fitness centre before enjoying a delicious meal in the restaurant. The spacious and stylish bedrooms have en-suite bathrooms and TVs with on-demand movies. With the largest ballroom in Hertfordshire, Hilton Watford is an ideal location to host an event and offers flexible facilities for business meetings, events and conferences. This hotel has free coach parking on-site.

Mercure St Albans ****

This traditional 4-star hotel is located on the outskirts of St. Albans with easy access to the city centre. With two restaurants, two bars and a lounge area, this hotel offers many options for dining, refreshments and relaxation. The fitness centre includes a spa, indoor swimming pool and gym. The comfortable bedrooms with en-suite feature flat-screen TVs, hairdryer, iron and tea and coffee making facilities. There is not lift but ground floor rooms are available.

Marriott Waltham Abbey ****

Located just a 20-minute drive from Stansted Airport and 30 minutes from Central London, this hotel welcomes you with elegant accommodation and stylish venue spaces. Visit the fitness club with spa, sauna and pool and enjoy delicious meals and refreshments at the restaurant and bar. Relax in one of the en-suite rooms with TV, air-conditioning, hairdryer and tea and coffee making facilities. Accessible rooms are available.

Hanbury Manor Hotel, Ware ****

This luxury hotel is located on 200 acres of landscaped grounds in the charming town of Ware, Hertfordshire. The Jacobean-style hotel welcomes you with luxurious amenities including a golf course, spa, leisure club and exquisite restaurant. The spacious, elegantly appointed bedrooms offer a flat-screen TV, tea and coffee making facilities, high-speed Wi-Fi and a work desk. The hotel has accessible rooms and on-site parking.

4 days
Apr – Oct 2019 from £199.00

Picture: Hatfield House © Hatfield House

All prices are per person and typically based on a minimum 25 full fare paying passengers sharing a double or twin room. Prices do not include coach travel or travel insurance. If you would like a quote for your travel insurance please contact us. Dates are subject to availability. Smaller groups can be quoted for on request. Pictures are for illustrative purposes only.

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