Glorious British Gardens, 2024

Edinburgh, UK

Sheila Stone Tours
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5 reviews
May 11 - 24, 2024
Group size: 5 - 12
Glorious British Gardens, 2024
Edinburgh, UK

Sheila Stone Tours
  • Email address verified
5 reviews

May 11 - 24, 2024
Group size: 5 - 12

About this trip

This is a perfect tour for gardeners, dabblers, or just women who love to be in gardens. It starts in Edinburgh, where we visit secret gardens, have a catered picnic beside a hidden lake, and visit the Royal Botanic Gardens. We spend a morning learning about chocolate (with lots of tasting!) and go on a literary pub crawl in which we learn not a single thing about Scottish lit but have a great time anyway. In Glasgow, we make a stop at one of my favorite museums anywhere, eat lunch at a place recommended by Anthony Bourdain, and visit a very-different Royal Botanic Gardens there. Heading south, we stop at Alnwick Castle Gardens to see the largest cascading fountain in the country, tour their Poison Garden, and enjoy watering-can cocktails in a treehouse. From there, we spend a couple of nights in the ancient city of York, exploring the city and spending a day at the stately home and formal gardens of Castle Howard (featured in Brideshead Revisited and Downton Abbey). We end our tour in London seeking out tiny hidden gardens, gardens on top of skyscrapers, gardens in the ruins of churches, and a garden created in the 1600s to grow medicinal herbs. We spend a day at the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew and another day at the world-famous Chelsea Flower Show.   

We eat great food, drink lovely drinks (either alcoholic or not), and get to know other fun garden girls!

Each participant gets a year membership in the Royal Horticultural Society, which gives free access to hundreds of gardens and a subscription to their esteemed magazine, The Garden.

What’s included

  • Accommodation
  • Ground transportation
    Trains, Trams, Buses, and the London Underground (Tube)
  • 23 Meals
  • All group admissions
  • All guided tours
    Local guides

What’s not included

  • International airfare
  • Airport transportation
    To and from the airport
  • Alcohol
  • Free time experiences
  • Trip Insurance

Available Packages

Available until May 9, 2024Sold Out

 Balance due by March 31, 2023.  PLEASE NOTE - AMEX IS NOT ACCEPTED. 

Deposit is non-refundable unless tour is cancelled, in which case, all monies will be returned.

Deposit: $500

Available options



Arrival in Scotland!  Once you reach the hotel, you have time to settle in, freshen up, and relax a bit - or maybe go for a cobweb-clearing stroll down the Royal Mile. 

Dinner will be at a pub with street cred – Deacon Brodie’s Tavern. It was named after one of the inspirations behind Robert Louis Stevenson’s Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Steak & ale pie?  Fish & chips? Or could you be tempted to try Haggis?? There are great veggie options too.  (Believe me, bad British food is a myth.)

In the evening, we go for a walk through Princes Street Gardens, underneath Edinburgh Castle, and past the Gothic spaceship that is the Scott Memorial.

Meal included: Dinner. 

Your Organizer

Sheila Stone Tours
5 reviews
I’m Sheila Stone and I love travel so much that I started a tour company when I was 60. (Have I mentioned that I’m also a late bloomer?) I create and lead small groups of women to interesting places in Europe & Japan. I have also created some Speed Date a City weekends here in the States. My tours give women an opportunity to meet other women travelers and local women too. We support local businesses by staying in small hotels and eating at family restaurants as much as possible so this is travel you can feel good about!


I had such a great day with Sheila. She organize all of our stops. Explained the origin of the food we were eating. I felt as if I was in another country. It's always wonderful to spend time with Sheila!
By Judy m for Sawtelle Foodie Walk 1 on May 30, 2022
Thank you Sheila for a fabulous time in Santa Fe. Everything was perfectly set up for us. The Hotel was in a great location. It was very clean and included breakfast. The museums were so interesting. Sheila is a delight to travel with. So organized. I definitely will travel with her in the future. I'm still thinking about the delicious chocolate tasting!
By Judy m for SPEED DATE A CITY: SANTA FE on Apr 05, 2022
What a great weekend in Santa Fe. Sheila is a great organizer and everything ran smoothly. Action packed but with plenty of time to walk around and relax. We hit some great spots and I don't think we missed anything. Sheila did a great job and it was just a fantastic trip. Caroline
By for SPEED DATE A CITY: SANTA FE on Mar 28, 2022
Really fun four-day weekend! Sheila is a knowledgable tour guide, and was able to pivot when we needed to make changes to the itinerary, and she also kept our needs in mind. I had a great time and hope to join her on another one of her tours!
By Lynne L for GALentine's GETAWAY WEEKEND on Feb 23, 2022
The Christmas Holiday Tea in Santa Monica was wonderful. Sheila always organizes great events. We all had fun getting to make new friends!
By janet c for Los Angeles Christmas Afternoon Tea on Dec 13, 2021


I recently traveled with Sheila on her Japan cherry blossom tour 2023. We had a wonderful time, seeing and doing so much, both traditional and unusual tourist stuff. Sheila was open to suggestions and did not hesitate to change the itinerary when weather or interests dictated a change was needed. I particularly enjoyed meeting her Japanese friends as their personal approach to guiding provided insight into the lives and culture of Japanese families. There was lots of laughter, great food and good company. I would definitely recommend traveling with Sheila.
By Berit H on 17 Apr, 2023
The Wild About Harry Tour was amazing! My kids and I had a fantastic time. Sheila was great in making sure we saw as much of Harry Potter that London and Oxford have to offer, and she was also helpful in getting us to see the cities and planning our side trip to Paris. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity that we will never forget, and we talk about constantly. Thank you!
By Denise R on 21 Jul, 2021
Thoroughly enjoyed my Bayou trip with tour host Sheila and local host Andrina. Great mix of fun sights including Mardi Gras museum, local food, shopping, bars and music in NOLA. A powerful Whitney plantation visit. Andrina hosted a traditional crawfish boil and an amazing get together with women of the local area representing the various cultures of the region. Felt like visiting with friends and family. Highly recommend this trip! Sheila is a great guide and trip planner.
By Nancy F on 19 Jul, 2021