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Experience one of the country's great gardens

Hidcote is an Arts and Crafts garden in the north Cotswolds, a stone’s throw from Stratford-upon-Avon. Created by the talented American horticulturist, Major Lawrence Johnston its colourful and intricately designed outdoor ‘rooms’ are always full of surprises. It’s a must-see if you’re on holiday in the Cotswolds.

Explore the maze of narrow paved pathways and discover secret gardens, magnificent vistas and plants that burst with colour. Many of the plants found growing in the garden were collected from Johnston’s many plant hunting trips to far away places. It’s the perfect place if you’re in need of gardening inspiration.

Find a quiet spot and sit on one of the ornate benches and watch green woodpeckers search for their lunch or listen to the calls from the buzzards circling overhead. Time it right and you might catch a glimpse of the elusive hummingbird moth.

Meander through the intricate gardens and into the Wilderness. This secluded stretch of tall trees is just right for a picnic. Take a glimpse beyond the boundary and see the garden blend effortlessly into the countryside beyond.

The Monarch’s Way path runs close-by. Follow it for a brief time from the car park and into the chocolate-box Cotswold hamlet of Hidcote Bartrim. You’ll be treated to traditionally thatched stone cottages that were once home to Johnston’s gardeners. They’re now owned by the Trust and rented out.

Go on a virtual tour of the garden

Garden watch

  • Gorgeous colours on display in the Red Borders © R Levitt


    Take a stroll to the Red Borders and see the vibrant dahlias in full bloom.

  • Acer palmatum produces some of the most brilliant, fiery red displays © National Trust/Marina Rule


    Wander to the Wilderness and see the acers starting to show their autumn colour.

  • A apple from a ’Sturmer Pippin’ tree ripe for the picking © Rebecca Burton


    Don't miss the apple crop in the orchard.

  • Fuchsia ’Lady Thumb’ - said by some to resemble ballerinas © National Trust/Marina Rule


    The garden is full of elegant flowering fuchsias.

  • Blue hydrangea in bloom at Lanhydrock © National Trust


    The bright flowers from the hydrangeas are looking great.

Autumn & winter events

The Cotswolds make the best walking country © A James

The Cotswolds make the best walking country

Join us for a host of workshops and events this season including autumn photography, Ramble & Roast and Christmas wreath making.

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