Unlock Kent’s Best Kept Secret with a Guided Garden Tour and Afternoon Tea at Port Lympne’s Historic Gardens
If you love everything quintessentially English then Port Lympne’s new Guided Garden Tour and Afternoon Tea offering will delight. Having launched on 28th June and running every Wednesday, the expert Gardener led tour will take in the wonders of the magnificent historic gardens, fruiteries and architectural elements that compliment the elegant 1920’s mansion at the heart of Port Lympne Hotel and Reserve.
Port Lympne’s resident horticulture master, David Sutton (Mhort RHS) has curated the tour to ensure the hidden gems within the 14 acres of landscaped gardens are featured, commencing at the Hydrangea Walk, with its picturesque views of the gardens, including ornamental ponds, charming statuary and dazzling colours of traditionally inspired planting schemes, then taking In the likes of The Iceberg Garden, Vineyard, Fig Yard and Rose Garden, Azalea Walk and Checkerboard Garden.
The tour concludes at the East Forecourt where the impressive Chinese Trumpet Vine climbs the Spencer Roberts room leading the way to your delicious Afternoon Tea that awaits in the stunning Garden Restaurant, formerly the stable block of the original country house. Afternoon Tea is served on traditional tiers, layered with a selection of finger sandwiches and savoury bites, delicate pastries, desserts, and of course lashings of clotted cream and seasonal jams. Our choice of loose-leaf teas or coffee are the perfect accompaniment to your traditional Kent afternoon tea experience and for an even more indulgent treat add a glass of Prosecco or sparkling wine.
The new Garden Tour is perfect for green fingered visitors looking to relax amidst picturesque surroundings, while also learning something new with our expert guides providing fascinating insight into techniques used in maintaining such a stunning environment, along with top tips and tricks to take home to your own garden. Commenting on the tour, Managing Director Tony Kelly, said: “Port Lympne is famous for our iconic truck safari, stunning wildlife and short break stays, but our gardens alone are a wonder that we want to share with the public. Our horticulture experts have many years of experience and knowledge that they cannot wait to share with our visitors.”
A standard adult day entry ticket to Port Lympne is £29. To add The Garden Tour is an additional £15 and for the full package including Afternoon Tea it’s a total of just £55.