It is now more than thirty years since the Duchy of Cornwall bought Highgrove in Gloucestershire and HRH The Prince of Wales made the Estate his home.
Since 1980, both the house and garden have been the subject of many thoughtful and innovative changes. When the Prince first arrived, Highgrove possessed little more than a neglected kitchen garden, an overgrown copse, some pastureland and a few hollow oaks.
Today, after the hard work of scores of people, the garden unfolds in a series of highly personal and inspiring tableaux, each one reflecting the Prince’s interests and enthusiasms.
Your group will be led by one of HRH The Prince of Wales’s expert guides, on a two-hour tour through the extraordinary and inspiring Royal Gardens at Highgrove, providing unique insight into family life on the estate and tales of how HRH has crafted each organic garden from scratch.
Your tour will begin with a welcome message from His Royal Highness and then your guide will lead you through the incredible gardens at Highgrove, from the magnificence of the Thyme Walk to the serene, otherworldly setting of the Stumpery.
During your visit the Highgrove Estate Shop will be open, where your group can browse a wide range of artisan products and souvenirs, many of which have been produced exclusively for Highgrove.
Now you have read all about the tour, you can see what your day will include. The coach leaves the Military Arms at 08:15 and the Sandbach group will be split over two tours booked for 12:55 and 13:20. You might find it beneficial to take a picnic for lunch. The coach will leave Highgrove about 17:00 and will stop on the return journey for a snack. Drinks will be available on the coach.
The cost of the coach and tour is £40 and tickets will be available from the U3A desk upstairs in Sandbach Library on the 2nd and 4th Wednesday of every month between 9:30 and 11:30am..