Botanical and Architectural Tour
Duration: Half Day
For those looking to get close to nature during their holiday in Bermuda, this tour will reveal the beauty of Bermuda’s flora, whilst also introducing you to some of the island’s most fascinating historical architecture.
Located in the North Atlantic Ocean, approximately 650 miles off the coast of Cape Hatteras in North Carolina, Bermuda is blessed with a subtropical climate. Not only does the year-round sunshine attract thousands of holidaymakers to this tiny country every year, but it also enables beautiful plants, trees, flowers and shrubs to thrive. The botanical gardens here are full of colour and sweet aromas, hosting a plethora of native and introduced plants. Not only will your very own naturalist guide escort you around one of Bermuda’s most treasured gardens during this trip, but you will also meet an architectural expert who will give you a wealth of information about the island's distinctive architectural styles.
Bermuda is a British overseas territory and the oldest British colony in the world, so English influences are evident throughout the island. Traditional English stone architecture was introduced here in the mid 17th century by early settlers, and both the ‘English cottages’ and the larger stately homes are examples of early Bermudian architecture. Step back in time as you visit the elegant 18th century Camden House, one of the island’s treasures. This restored stately home is the official residence of the Premier of Bermuda, although the Premier does not actually reside here. Nestled in the grounds of Bermuda’s Botanical Gardens, Camden House is a delight to explore, with its magnificent staircase, elegant drawing rooms, carved panelling and stunning crystal chandeliers. It is also a treasure trove of grand antique furniture, much of which is carved by hand from Bermudian cedar wood, as well as fine art, gilded mirrors and portraits of previous Bermuda Premiers.
The Botanical Gardens hosts a vast array of beautiful flora, including palm trees, orchids and bromeliads. Stopping at the Orchid and Bromeliad House, you will find many different species. Members of the Bermuda Orchid Society will also share their botanical passions with you, whilst guiding you around the grounds’ lush gardens.
Your tour concludes with free time to relax with refreshments in a beautiful garden, where you can enjoy views of the lily pond whilst watching talented artists as they create masterpieces before you. On the way back you will be driven through another tranquil garden, set amidst a grand Bermuda estate. This fascinating tour will give you a unique perspective of Bermuda, as you discover both natural and man-made island treasures.
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