One of the country’s great gardens, Hidcote is an Arts and Crafts masterpiece in the north Cotswolds, a stone’s throw from Stratford-upon-Avon.
Created by the talented American horticulturist, Major Lawrence Johnston.
Some of our pathways at Hidcote are uneven and narrow due to the nature of the original surfaces. There are steps to some garden areas too.
The car park at Hidcote has dedicated Blue Badge spaces, these can be found at the bottom of the first car park (on the left) by the Visitor Reception building.
Hire a mobility scooter at Hidcote
Mobility vehicles can be a great way to get around the accessible parts of the garden. We have three mobility scooters and a wheelchair available to hire. To make a booking for mobility scooters at Hidcote call us on 01386 438333 and we'll do the rest. A member of the property team will show you how to use them. After your visit, please return them to visitor reception.
Easy access route
There is an accessible route around the gardens at Hidcote, taking in over two thirds of the grounds. It is a hard standing pathway and taking you through the Old Garden, by the Red Borders, along the Winter Borders, Heavens Gate and through the Beech Allee, into the Kitchen Garden and Long Borders before rejoining the main courtyard.
You can pick up Hidcote's Access Map at the Visitor Recpetion at the start of your visit.
A Large Print and a Braille guide is available from the Visitor Reception. Please ask us for a copy.
Dogs at Hidcote
Only assistant dogs are welcome into the Courtyards and Gardens at Hidcote. However, dogs are welcome into the Plant Centre and Barn Cafe and there are a number of countryside walks taking in the surrounding area (please be aware that many of these go through farming landscapes which may have livestock in).
We welcome assistance dogs into the garden. Please help us by making sure they wear their hi-visibility identity harness.
Some paths are steep so pack your boots and bring a map. If you want something more detailed, OS maps of the beautiful North Cotswolds are available in our gift shop. We're lucky to be surrounded by farmland. Please help us to keep the sheep happy by walking your dog on a lead.
Have lunch together
Well behaved four-legged friends are always welcome in our barn café and plant sales centre, please check our opening times. A water bowl is on hand for thirsty dogs - just let us know if it needs topping up. We also have a dedicated picnic area by the top car park for visitors and walkers at Hidcote to use.
Our car park is bathed in sunshine for most of the day. Please keep your four-legged friend safe by not leaving him unattended in your car.
Local walks to extend your visit at Hidcote
Hidcote has a several countryside walks which visitors and locals are welcome to do. Taking in ridges, country roads, farmland and the villages of Hidcote Bartrim and Hidcote Boyce as you walk through the picturesque Cotswold countryside.
Maps of these walks can be found at Visitor Recpetion, please ask for a copy.
Dover's Hill, historic Chipping Campden and taking in views over the Vale of Evesham are just a few of the many things to do in the surrounding area.
For a brief time the Monarch’s Way path runs from the car park and into the traditional Cotswold hamlet of Hidcote Bartrim. Traditionally thatched stone cottages that were once home to Johnston’s gardeners, give the atmosphere of a forgotten era.
A network of public footpaths also lead from the car park with great views over the Vale of Evesham and the Cotswolds.
Nearby Chipping Campden is full of history and a great place to explore. The bustling high street is home to the Market Hall with its paved floor, lovingly worn by shoppers and traders over the centuries. Independant shops and traditional tea-rooms line the High Street.
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.
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The National Trust do not permit the use of drones and unmanned aerial vehicles on or across their property. In 2016 we commissioned drone footage of the garden, this can be viewed in the Manor house. Do stop to have a look at it, it's a great way to see the brilliance of the design of Hidcote!
Smoking, vaping and e-cigarettes
We are a smoke free property so politley ask our visitors not to smoke, vape or use e-cigarettes beyond the car park.