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Blooming Wonderful

The springtime gardens of Ireland and Britain will delight you

Gardens are a beautiful way to connect with nature, and Ireland and Britain have some of the loveliest gardens in the world. If you're planning a spring vacation with CIE Tours, you'll have the opportunity to experience some of these places in their spring glory, with blooming daffodils, tulips, cherry blossoms, and more. Here are a few gardens you won't want to miss:


Red and orange flowers at Sissinghurst

Sissinghurst Castle Gardens: This stunning garden in England was created in the 1930s by poet Vita Sackville-West and her husband, diplomat Harold Nicolson. In spring, the garden comes alive with a riot of color as bulbs and flowers start to bloom. One of England's most famous gardens, Sissinghurst is laid out formally in a number of outdoor rooms and is particularly notable for its rose collection. Suggested tour: English Odyssey


The gardens at Blarney Castle

Blarney Castle and Gardens: The gardens at Ireland's Blarney Castle are a must-see for any gardener, with an enormous variety of plants, including some of the world's deadliest in the fascinating Poison Garden. In spring, the Rock Close is filled with blooming daffodils, tulips, and other spring flowers. CIE Tours visits Blarney Castle on most of our Ireland tours. 

The Japanese Gardens, with cherry blossoms and a red bridge

Irish National Stud and Gardens: Located in County Kildare, Ireland, the Irish National Stud is home to some of the finest thoroughbred horses in the world. The gardens here are equally impressive, with a beautiful Japanese garden, a rose garden, and a water garden. In spring, the cherry blossom trees in the Japanese garden are a sight to behold. Suggested tour: Irish Heritage

Hillsborough Castle - daffodils and crocuses

Hillsborough Castle and Gardens: Located near Belfast, Hillsborough Castle is the official residence of the King when he visits Northern Ireland. The gardens here are beautifully manicured and include a walled garden, a rose garden, and a lake. In spring, the walled garden is filled with blooming daffodils and the rose garden is a riot of color. Suggested tour: Irish & Scottish Sampler

No matter which garden you choose to visit, you're sure to be impressed by the beauty and tranquility that they offer. Start planning your springtime CIE Tours vacation today and see for yourself. 

Save when you book select tours in spring and fall of 2023 in our 2-for-1 airfare sale, from now until January 31st. See our 2-for-1 Airfare Sale for all the details




Ireland,England & Wales Tours

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English Odyssey

Starting from $4,245

14 Days

See the England of your dreams on this sweeping tour, discovering castles and cathedrals, scholarly Oxford and Cambridge, Bath’s Georgian splendor, the Lake District, and so much more.

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups

Gems of Southern England

Starting from $2,745

8 Days

Journey through the ancient cities of England’s historic South: palaces, castles, cathedrals, and gardens await you.

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups

Irish Heritage

Starting from $2,015

7/8 Days

See all the highlights on this classic tour - and on our 8-day option, luxuriate in a stay at the elegant, five-star Dromoland Castle Hotel.

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups, Independent Adventures

Irish Odyssey

Starting from $2,995

12 Days

Explore Ireland's gorgeous scenery and rich history on this comprehensive Irish tour that hits every corner of the island.

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups, Independent Adventures

Irish Classic

Starting from $3,195

13 Days

Skirt along the entire rugged coastline to see the highlights on this Ireland tour. 

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups, Independent Adventures

The Scots Irish Tour

Starting from $2,965

11/15 Days

This fast-paced Scotland and Ireland tour focuses on their rich history, with plenty of castle tours and museums to help bring the past to life. It's the perfect trip for those interested in…

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups

Scottish & Irish Dream

Starting from $3,435

13/14 Days

This great combination tour covers essential parts of Scotland with dreamy castles, mythical Isle of Skye, historic Culloden, skilled sheepdogs and the capital city of Edinburgh. Your adventure…

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups

Irish Explorer

Starting from $2,235

9/10 Days

Adventure through the most spectacular parts of Ireland, from emerald-green farms to seaside cliffs and vibrant towns. 

​Guided Tours, Guided Small Groups, Independent Adventures

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