Useful information

Useful information for your visit

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.

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Created by the talented American horticulturist, Major Lawrence Johnston.

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.

Mobility image at Trerice

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.

Accessible guides

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

Dog walking
Dog walking on a lead
Dog walking

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).

Assistance dogs

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

Feeling energetic?

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.

Parking

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.

Local walks

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.

50 great places to visit in Chipping Campden

Drones

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.

The Circle at Hidcote

The garden at Hidcote

The garden is divided into a series of ‘outdoor rooms’, each with its own character. The formality of the ‘rooms’ melts away as you move through the garden away from the house.

Woman holding takeaway hot drink

Eating at Hidcote

Winthrop's café is open 7 days a week and will be serving a limited range of hot and cold drinks and light snacks. We look forward to welcoming you and know that you’ll support us to make this a safe experience for everyone.

The shop at Hidcote

Shopping at Hidcote

Our shop, plant centre and secondhand bookshop are open from 11am until one hour before close. For the safety of staff and visitors we've introduced social distancing measures. In line with government guidance, you're required to wear a face covering in most enclosed spaces, unless exempt. Please bring one with you. It is through your purchases that we are able to continue looking after Hidcote for everyone, for ever.

Bathing pool and Fuchsia Garden

Hidcote virtual tours

Enjoy magnificent views, discover exotic plants and experience vivid floral displays on a 360 degree virtual tour of Hidcote. Pictures taken August 2010.