Great news for frugal adults.
A new pass is available to help you discover the beautiful gardens and gourmet offerings of the English countryside—while saving money.
The Gardens & Gourmet pass offers free entry to a huge range of gardens as well as food and drink venues across the English countryside and is exclusively available to German, Dutch and American visitors.
Passes are currently available for five English regions: Kent, Essex, Hertfordshire, Cheshire and the Peak District and Derbyshire.
Each pass offers free entry to a variety of garden attractions in each region, along with money-saving deals at high quality restaurants, tea rooms and traditional pubs. The passes are valid for three days over a one week period.
The project is led by Visit Kent with destination partners Visit Herts, Visit Essex, Marketing Cheshire and Marketing Peak District & Derbyshire.
Sandra Matthews-Marsh MBE, chief executive of Visit Kent, said: “The phrase ‘an English country garden’ conjures up an image of something truly special—perfumed rose walks, walled herbs gardens in the shadow of a castle, stretching hop poles and vineyards in the evening sunshine.
“England’s beautiful gardens and delicious local restaurants are a joy to discover and explore, but we know that some international visitors find it difficult to access them without insider knowledge…
“That’s why we’ve launched the Gardens & Gourmet pass. We want to help visitors explore beyond London to discover the delights of the English countryside—and our new passes are designed to do just that, with video guides to local sites and delights, and easy access to a range of attractions in one handy pass.”
Gardens & Gourmet passes for adults cost between £29.95 and £44.95 (approx. $38 to $58 in U.S. dollars); passes for children are also available. You can choose to buy a pass for a single region or for a combination of regions to see and save more.
An interactive itinerary planner on the Gardens & Gourmet website offers trip planning information including suggested schedules, maps, opening times and tourist information about each region.
Nearly 100 businesses are participating in Gardens & Gourmet, including Leeds Castle and Hever Castle in Kent, Chatsworth House in the Peak District, Audley End House and Gardens in Essex and Knebworth House in Hertfordshire. Gourmet attractions include Britain’s oldest brewer Shepherd Neame, the award-winning New Hall vineyard in Essex and Thornbridge craft brewers in the Peak District.
The new pass has been created as part of the UK’s Discover England Fund, which aims to encourage more international visitors to travel to England and learn about attractions and sites outside of London.
For more details and to purchase a pass visit www.gardensandgourmet.co.uk
– Text & images courtesy Visit Kent / Gardens & Gourmet