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21 June 2019Private Guided Tour of Sissinghurst Gardens
18 July 2019Charleston Farm and Ditchling
15 August 2019Frogmore House and the Saville Garden
01 September 2019September 2019 Tour: Arts and Crafts in the Cotswolds
17 September 2019Knole Park and Tudeley Church
17 October 2019Exhibition Road area Walk with a TAS Lecturer

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Private Guided Tour of Sissinghurst Gardens
Friday 21 June 2019

Enjoy exclusive access to the iconic Sissinghurst Gardens with a guided visit before the Garden opens to the public.  Set within the ruins of a great Elizabeth house, framed by the rich Kentish landscape of woods, farmland, lakes and streams, the famous garden with its pink brick tower is the result of creative tension between the formal design of Harold Nicolson and the abundant planting of his wife, Vita Sackville-West. 

We will have morning coffee and then a private visit from 10 am to 11 am, after which you can stay on to enjoy the garden at your own pace, take a picnic or have lunch in the Restaurant. 

There is a buggy available to take visitors from the car park to the house and garden but not for the tour.  If you have mobility issues or need a wheelchair please tell us when you book.

After lunch we will drive on to Ightham Mote, another picturesque National Trust property with an interesting medieval moated house and peaceful gardens, where you will have time to explore and have tea in the Café.

As this is an early bird tour it will be an early start – 7.45am departure from Oaklands Avenue.  We will return about 6.30pm.

Tickets will go on sale on April 4th at the lecture and will cost £35.50 for National Trust members, £49.50 for non NT members.  This covers executive coach, morning coffee and Sissinghurst entry and early bird tour.  Ticket price does not include entry to Ightham Mote:  if you are not an NT member and wish to enter the house or gardens you will need to pay a further £11.50 (you can enter the café without paying.)

You can purchase tickets at the Lecture or direct from


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