Hampton Court Castle,Gardens & Hereford Day Tour

Hampton Court Castle,Gardens & Hereford Day Tour

Swansea Day Tour - Hampton Court Castle, Gardens and Hereford

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The Hampton Court Estate in Herefordshire has a rich and fascinating history dating back to the 15th Century. 

 

The Castle

The estate was originally formed by the merging of the manors of Hampton Richard and Hampton Mappenor. It was granted by Henry IV to Sir Rowland Lenthall at the time of his marriage to Margaret Fitzalan, daughter of the Earl of Arundel and a cousin of the King. Lenthall built the original quadrangular manor house in 1427, twelve years after his knighthood at the battle of Agincourt. In 1434 he was granted a licence to crenellate the house by Henry VI.  Sir Rowland was succeeded by his daughter who married the Baron of Burford and it was their grandson who sold Hampton Court to Sir Humphrey Coningsby in 1510. Hampton Court remained in the Coningsby family, a prominent noble Herefordshire family, until the early 19th Century when the estate was purchased by Richard Arkwright, the son of the famous inventor. Richard Arkwright's son, John, then comissioned the remodelling of the house in the 1830's and 40's, the work being designed and carried out by Charles Hanbury Tracy, later Lord Sudeley. The Arkwrights lived at Hampton Court until 1912.

 

The Gardens

The Gardens at Hampton Court Herefordshire, recently completed, are one of the most ambitious garden creations of our time.

Original Victorian garden walls enclose stunning new flower gardens divided by canals, island pavilions and pleached avenues. The kitchen garden is an ornamental garden of fruit and vegetables. It is managed organically, supplying produce to the Orangery Restaurant for its seasonal menu.  There is a maze of a thousand yews with a gothic tower at its centre. Climb to the top for a panoramic view of the gardens or descend underground to a tunnel that leads to a waterfall in the sunken garden. Beautiful herbaceous borders stretch out from a one hundred and fifty year old wisteria tunnel that leads to vast lawns and ancient trees beside the castle. Beyond the lawns are riverside and woodland walks. Adjoining the castle, in the grand conservatory designed by Joseph Paxton in 1846, is the Orangery Café. Here delicious lunches and teas can be enjoyed. Complete your day out by visiting our beautiful Garden Bothy Gift Shop where you will find plants to remind you of your visit, garden ornamentals and most unusual gifts including Fair Trade and local crafts and all at reasonable prices!

 

  • Departures from Swansea only

  • Entry fees included in this excursion

 

Itinerary

Depart local pick ups and travel to Hampton Court Castle & Gardens in Hereforshire with entrance included. We depart at mid afternoon to visit Hereford before making our way back home to your original departure point. Details subject to alteration.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Dyffryn Close, Llansamlet Travel Centre, Dyffryn Close, Llansamlet
SA6 8QG
Neath - Railway Neath - Outside Railway Station
Port Talbot Temporary Port Talbot Bus Stop OUTSIDE Customs House
Just past the Plaza
Pyle Cross Pyle Cross, bus stop outside supermarket.Pyle Road
Sarn SERVICES Sarn SERVICES - Coach Park
Wellington Street Swansea Swansea, Wellington Street Coach Bay

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