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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.
Look out for the purple mounds along the Long Borders and in the Old Garden.
The white bracts are appearing earlier than normal this year.
The 18,000 tulip bulbs we planted last year have started to flower.
Don't miss the unmistakeable pong from the skunk cabbages in the stream gardens.
50 things to do
An outdoor adventure is always around the next tree, hedge or pond and our list of 50 things to do before you're 11¾ will set you on your own adventure. Walk barefoot on the Great Lawn and let the soft grass tickle your toes, run around in the rain or drop in on one of our family learning activities and make an insect hotel.
Just ask our team at reception for more help or pointers when you arrive.
Got an iPhone? You can now explore Hidcote using our new free app. To use it, simply download the National Trust Gardens app from iTunes. Once loaded, choose to download the Hidcote Guide.
You can even download the app while you're here, using the free WiFi in Winthrop's Café.