Things to see & do

The plant house

Relax and unwind in our plant house © Nick Daly

Relax and unwind in our 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

Pumpkins are a popular crop in the kitchen garden © Arnhel de Serra

Pumpkins are a popular crop in the kitchen garden

Taste the fruits of our labour by taking home some of our freshly picked produce, grown in our restored kitchen garden.

The orchard

Pick up windfalls from the orchard during autumn © Arnhel de Serra

Pick up windfalls from the orchard during autumn

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.

Tennis court

Will it be game, set and match? © Hidcote Manor Garden

Will it be game, set and match?

Feeling energetic? Come and have a go at a game of tennis on our all-weather court.

The drawing room

Listen to the sounds of the 1930s in Lawrence Johnston's drawing room © Hidcote Manor Garden

Listen to the sounds of the 1930s in Lawrence Johnston's 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.

Hydrangea corner

Don't miss the hydrangeas. They'll be in full bloom during August © Martin Farhill

Don't miss the hydrangeas. They'll be in full bloom during August

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

How many beetles can you spot in the pool? © Paul Harris

How many beetles can you spot in the pool?

Watch the great diving beetles dart around the water. Or time your visit right to spot a rare Great Crested Newt.

The wilderness

Take a wander to the wilderness and discover amazing views © NTPL/NTPL

Take a wander to the wilderness and discover amazing views

Follow the winding paths of Cotswold stone as they lead you from the Stream Garden to the tranquility of the Wilderness.

What's on

There's something for everyone in our exciting programme of events. We've lots going on, so make the most of your free time.

Pedal power

Discovering the countryside on two wheels © Geoff Durrant

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

Download our garden app using our new WiFi connection © Arnhel de Serra

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

Family listening to the audio guide in the garden © NTPL/David Levenson

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 a rug and relax on the lawn © Paul Harris

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

Take time out to scan the paper © Arnhel de Serra

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

Try your hand at croquet © John Millar

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.

Discover more talks

Join us for one of our short talks near the Plant House, and find out more about the garden and the quiet American who created it. Talks take place throughout the day on most days. Check the board when you arrive.

There's more to explore nearby

The Market Hall in Chipping Campden today

The Market Hall in Chipping Campden today

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

  • A walker enjoying the outdoors © John Millar

    The great outdoors

    Soak up great views by following one of many public footpaths leading from our car park.

  • Wildlife watch

    Spot animals and insects that make Hidcote their home, such as the Hummingbird Hawk-moth.

  • Dovers Hill

    Only 10 minutes by car, and great for walking, Dovers Hill hosts the famous Olympick Games.

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