Things to see & do
The plant house
The plant house was fully restored in 2010. Lawrence Johnston, the garden's creator, used the original building to grow tender plants. Powerful scents add fragrance to the air in springtime.
The kitchen garden
Taste the fruits of our labour by taking home some of our freshly picked produce, grown in our restored kitchen garden.
Discover where our delicious apple juice started life. Pick a bottle up from our shop while you're here or take a wander around our small orchard and help yourself to delicious windfalls in the autumn.
Feeling energetic? Come and have a go at a game of tennis on our all-weather court.
The drawing room
Step back in time into Lawrence Johnston’s drawing room. Sit beside the fire and dip into a gardening book. This is where Johnston spent most of his time, planning his garden and researching his next plant-hunting expedition.
This is where the lacecap hydrangeas hit their peak in August.
Take a closer look: can you spot the vigorous rose 'Bobbie James' hanging from the hollies?
The bathing pool
Watch the great diving beetles dart around the water. Or time your visit right to spot a rare Great Crested Newt.
Follow the winding paths of Cotswold stone as they lead you from the Stream Garden to the tranquility of the Wilderness.
Explore more of the local area while you're here using pedal power. Don't let the hills put you off. Our bikes are electric so you won't need to work so hard.
Connect to the web
Free Wi-Fi is available in our Winthrop's Café. Give surfing the web a whirl while enjoying a cuppa and slice of home-made cake.
Walk with Johnston
Discover the stories behind Hidcote with our new surround sound audio guide. Take a step back in time and tour the garden with the help of its creator, Lawrence Johnston.
Pack a picnic
Pack a picnic and enjoy the summer. The best place to arrange your rug is in the Wilderness, with its cool, shady grounds and great views.
Sit and read
You can always find a quiet corner in the garden to relax and unwind. Why not bring a book or newspaper, and while away the afternoon?
Croquet and tennis
Challenge family and friends to a game of croquet on The Great Lawn. Energy to burn? Then enjoy a game of tennis on our all-weather court.
Make the most of your day and stop off at Chipping Campden on your way home. Walk along the Market Hall's paved floor, lovingly worn by shoppers and traders over the centuries. Explore some of the little shops lining the High Street. You can enjoy a cup of tea and a warm welcome at one of the town's traditional tea-rooms.
Out and about
The great outdoors
Soak up great views by following one of many public footpaths leading from our car park.
Spot animals and insects that make Hidcote their home, such as the Hummingbird Hawk-moth.
Only 10 minutes by car, and great for walking, Dovers Hill hosts the famous Olympick Games.