Visits & Tours

The society arranges a programme of outings through the year, some day trips and others afternoon or evening visits. Often they include special access to gardens and are frequently led by experts. We try to vary the days of the visits so all our members, whether working or retired, have the opportunity to join in.

Every other year we arrange a holiday, visiting several gardens and places of interest.

We use executive coaches from a local travel firm as comfort is important. For more details of the vehicles click this link

We also try to ensure that the hotels we use are accessible.

Visits 2018

  • Saturday 16th June

    West Dean Gardens, Near Chichester

    One of the greatest restored gardens.

    Visitors can explore a wide range of historic features on a gentle walk around the grounds.

    Restaurant and gift shop

    Leave for home approx. 4.00pm

Price: £30.00

Coach pick-up points:-

Finches Green 9.45am
Alton Health Centre 9.55am
Sainsbury’s 10.00am
Alton Fire Station 10.05am
  • Thursday 26th July

    Dipley Mill, Hartley Witney

    A talk followed by a private tour and afternoon tea

Price: £29.25

Coach pick-up points:-

Finches Green 1.15pm
Sainsbury’s 1.20pm

Booking form inside back cover of the society 2018 Programme. No Booking can be accepted without a booking form & payment. Cheques payable to Alton Horticultural Society. All bookings must be completed 4 weeks in advance of the selected outing.

Holiday 2018

Holiday based in Lincoln 2018

Thursday 30th August – Tuesday 4th September

Lincoln Hotel
Eastgate Street
Lincoln LN2 1PN


  • Thursday 30th August

    leave Alton. Stop en route to Lincoln at Easton walled Gardens, Grantham

  • Friday 31st August

    Goltho Gardens. Garden with year round interest.
    Tea Room

  • Saturday 1st Sept.

    Free day.
    Sites of interest in Lincoln include the Cathedral, the Castle and the Bishop’s Palace.
    An open top sightseeing bus tours the area.
    Water trip on the Brayford Belle.

  • Sunday 2nd Sept.

    Gunby Hall and Gardens, Spilsby.
    National Trust 1700 century house set in Victorian walled garden.
    This is an afternoon visit.
    We will stop en route at a garden centre.

  • Monday 3rd Sept.

    Doddington Hall and Garden, Doddington
    Privately owned house.
    The garden retains the original Elizabethan layout.
    House tour approx. 1 & half hours.
    Some steps.

  • Tuesday 4th Sept.

    Depart for home stopping en route at Packwood House & Garden. National Trust.
    Guided tour of garden.


Booking form from Joan Bennett