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Bygone Hampshire, Garden & Wine

Bygone Hampshire, Garden & Wine

Turn back the clock on a journey of discovery through the hidden gems of Hampshire’s past. Step back into the 1940’s at the Milestones Museum, revel in the magic of the rejuvenated Mid-Hants Railway. This also includes the wonderful Wisley Garden and a tipple at Denbies wine estate.

Your Itinerary

Friday 27th: We depart travelling south to Oxford for free time for lunch and to explore before continuing on to Farnborough to our hotel in time to relax before dinner.

Saturday 28th: Our day begins with a ride to the pleasant town of Alton. Here we join the Mid Hants Railway – ‘The Watercress Line’ for a 10 miles journey over the ‘Hampshire Alps’ to Alresford. Alresford is the home of the Hampshire watercress industry, from which the line takes its name. After the train ride we head off into Basingstoke and to Milestones. This is a living history museum where you wander down cobbled streets, chat with staff in period costume and explore the shops and factories to experience everyday life from 1810
to 1950.

Sunday 29th: This morning travel to RHS Wisley Gardens. One of the great gardens of the world, it is home to some of the largest plant collections anywhere in the globe. We include a 90-minute guided tour of the garden led by one of Wisley’s knowledgeable team. In the afternoon we head to Denbies Wine Estate, England’s largest vineyard and one of the major producers of award-winning still and sparkling wines in the UK. We start with the ‘Indoor Cinema Vineyard Tour’ where you will learn about the geology and history of the estate, experience the changes in the vineyard through the seasons and appreciate the wine making process from vine to bottle. Then a Winery Walking tour passes through the working winery with a full commentary from a Denbies Wine Tour Guide. Finally, the journey ends in the atmospheric wine cellars where you will be guided through a tasting of Denbies classic wine.

Monday 30th: We depart Farnborough and head homeward through the Cotswold’s with stops en-route for lunch and sightseeing.

Holiday Inn***, Farnborough

The hotel offers comfortable bedrooms with hairdryer, satellite TV, and tea/coffee making facilities.The hotel does not have a lift but there are ground floor rooms available, which are accessible by 12 steps.

Your Tour Includes

  • All Travel by Executive Coach
  • Three Nights Dinner, Bed & Breakfast
  • Excursions as Detailed
  • Tea, coffee and cake on arrival
  • Journey on the Mid Hants Railway - Watercress Line
  • Free flow entry to Milestones Museum
  • Entry to Wisley Gardens
  • Vineyard Tour of Denbies Wine Estate
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