Things to see and do at Hidcote

The Plant House at Hidcote, Gloucestershire

You’ll never be stuck for things to do at Hidcote. Whether you’re a keen gardener looking for inspiration or someone looking for a bit of fun as part of a day out, we’ve got it all.


Something for the gardeners

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.

Watch the world go by in the plant house. Lawrence Johnston, the garden's creator used the original building to grow tender plants. Powerful scents add fragrance to the air in springtime.

Hydrangea corner 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?

Follow the winding paths of Cotswold stone as they lead you from the stream garden to the tranquillity of the wilderness. It's the perfect spot for a picnic.

On your way back, watch the great diving beetles as they dart around the pool. Or time your visit right to spot a rare great crested newt.

Take it easy

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.

Discover the garden’s untold stories with our new surround sound audio guide. Marvel at Johnston’s plant hunting adventures and learn more about his friends and inspiration.

" I loved exploring the garden and not knowing what was around the next corner."
- Alice


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.

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?

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.

Energy to burn?

Feeling energetic? Come and have a go at a game of tennis on our all-weather court. Rain doesn’t stop play at Hidcote.

There's more to explore nearby

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

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.

50 great places to visit in Chipping Campden

Located just outside Chipping Campden and only 10 minutes by car from Hidcote is Dover’s Hill. It’s great for walking and plays host to the famous Olympick Games each May.

50 great places to visit in Chipping Campden