GARDENS & ARCHITECTURE OF SISSINGHURST & GREAT DIXTER – 8 HOURS
Castle & Garden Tour from London Includes: Our Sissinghurst and Great Dixter tour includes roundtrip private transportation, services of a private guide, parking, and taxes.
Not included: Entrance fees, meals and drinks.
This is private castle and garden tour from London to Sissinghurst and Great Dixter. Your tour will be led by an expert guide with extensive knowledge of botany, horticulture and history, who will provide extraordinary depth and interest to your visit. This unique tour is a must-see for garden and architecture lovers, and all those who enjoy a day out in the fresh country air!
Your first stop of your private castle and garden tour from London is Great Dixter, was built in the turn of the century by architect Edwin Lutyens, who combined an existing mid-15th century house with a similar structure brought from Kent with his own additions. The homey structure is a finely crafted recreation of a medieval manor house, with a great hall, parlor, solar and yeoman’s hall, which your expert guide will take you through. One of the highlights of the visit is a trip through its colorful garden, planted in the arts and crafts style. Your expert guide will take you through its topiary, orchard and wildflower meadow, sharing with you historic, botanical and cultural aspects of different plants grown here today. The many themed gardens here include a blue garden, vegetable garden, solar garden and exotic garden.
The second half of your tour will take you to Sissinghurst Castle Garden. This castle has an incredible history, from its time serving a prison in the 1700s to serving as a home to the women’s land army, eventually home to its most well known residents, poet and gardening writer Vita Sackville-West and her husband, author and diplomat Harold Nicolson.
West and Nicolson created Sissinghurst’s acclaimed garden in the 1930s. The garden was designed as a series of “rooms,” each with a different color or theme, with high clipped hedges serving as its walls. Your expert guide will take you through each, from the White and Purple Gardens to the Orchard and Nuttery. You may also tour the greenhouse, where more than 400 different species and varieties are propagated from seed every year.