Useful information

A volunteer garden guide at Hidcote

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. Below you can find information about how to make the most of your visit.

Opening Hours

Throughout the year Hidcote's opening hours change depending on the season. Please check the opening hours for the garden and outlets before visiting, these can be found here.

The Manor house will be closed from mid-October to March, while building work is carried out on the ground floor levels of the Manor House.

Mobility image at Trerice

Covid-19

Please note: we are asking our visitors, when possible, to wear face coverings in all our indoor spaces at Hidcote. This includes the shop, cafe, secondhand bookshop and the toilets.

Access Information

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. Please see our Access and Facilities information for further details.

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.

Assistance dogs

We welcome assistance dogs into the garden.  Please help us by making sure they wear their hi-visibility identity harness.

Accessible guides

A Large Print and a Braille guide is available from the Visitor Reception. Please ask us for a copy.

A family sitting by the Bathing Pool at Hidcote Manor Garden
A family sitting by the Bathing Pool at Hidcote Manor Garden
A family sitting by the Bathing Pool at Hidcote Manor Garden

Groups at Hidcote

Find out more information about group bookings at Hidcote on our Group Booking page.

Dogs at Hidcote

Only assistant dogs are welcome into the Courtyards and Gardens at Hidcote.

However, 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 and that Hidcote has a working farm which has livestock and farm dogs on site. We recommend that dogs are kept on leads when walking in these areas.

A map of the local walks in the immediate vicinity of Hidcote can be photographed or collected from the Visitor Reception, a small selction of local interests can be found below.

 

Have lunch together

During the summer, 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.

Car Park

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.

Lower stream Hidcote
Cobbled path through the lower stream at Hidcote
Lower stream Hidcote

Drones

The National Trust do not permit the use of drones and unmanned aerial vehicles on or across their property.

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.

Misty autumn days are perfect for walking
autumn walking
Misty autumn days are perfect for walking

Local walks to extend your visit at Hidcote

Feeling energetic?

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.

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.

Maps of these walks can be found at Visitor Recpetion, please ask for a copy.

 

Local interest spots

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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