Kew Gardens and Hampton Court are the most popular garden destinations in London. Sissinghurst and Great Dixter and the most popular garden destinations in Kent. We therefore recommend two day trips, both of which can be done by public transport.
For Sissinghurst, take a train from Charing Cross to Staplehurst. Or you can walk from Staplehurst Station (about 3 miles) and see some beautiful countryside. If you can tear yourself away from Sissinghurst early enough in the day, take another taxi for another 12 miles and see Great Dixter. MTC Taxis are based in Staplehurst - call 01622 890003 or book online at www.bookmtc.com .
For Great Dixter Garden, take a train from Charing Cross to Robertsbridge and taxis are available from the station to Great Dixter (8 miles).
Kew is on the south bank of the River Thames near Richmond (about 10km south-west of Central London). Either take an underground train ('The Tube') or an above ground train (Silverlink - Railtrack) train.
Hampton Court can be reached by overground train (South West Trains - Railtrack) direct from London Waterloo. The journey takes 32 minutes and the palace is a 2-minute walk across the bridge from the station. Hampton Court can also be reached by riverboat in the summer from Westminster, Richmond upon Thames and Kingston upon Thames. The journey from Westminster can take up to 4 hours, depending on the tides.