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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.

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Garden watch

  • Tulip in full bloom © Montacute Staff


    The tulips are brightening up the Old Garden and courtyard.

  • Skunk cabbage looks better than it smells! © National Trust/Helen Appleyard

    Skunk cabbage

    The pong from the skunk cabbage along the stream is unforgettable.

  • The bright blue of the Scilla siberica brighten up the dullest day © Matt Batchelor


    Don't miss the vivid blue from the Scilla siberica in the Fuchsia Garden.

  • The bright blue of the Scilla siberica brighten up the dullest day © NTPL/National Trust/David Levenson


    Little pockets of bright yellow daffodils are popping up. Look out for them in the Old Garden.

  • Enjoy beautiful floral displays at Hidcote © NTPL/Phil Evans


    Our primroses are springing up everywhere.

New guidebook

Could the Bathing Pool be our new guidebook front cover?

Could the Bathing Pool be our new guidebook front cover?

On sale from May

We've been working hard to get our new look guidebook ready. With her life-long interest in gardens, renowned garden author Helene Gammack has been helping us to write the new guide. Packed with new photos and recently discovered facts, the new guidebook promises to be a popular read.

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