Useful information

Blossom in spring time in the garden

Find out all the information you need to plan and book your visit to one of the country’s great gardens. We recommend that if you are planning to visit Hidcote on a morning that you book your admission ticket in advance. Information about the booking system, accessibility facilities and activities can be found in the information below.

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.

Book your visit

If you're planning a visit to Hidcote, you can book your ticket in advance to get a stress-free experience. It's easy to book, with tickets becoming available two weeks in advance for those who like to plan, or you can book your admission ticket up to the minute of your planned arrival if you prefer some spontaneity. Follow the link below to book your ticket online or call 03442 491895.

The summer months can be a busy time for Hidcote, with a high number of visitors which often results in queues and our car park being full before midday. By using a booking system we’re able to manage the number of visitors at any one time, ensuring that visitors have a fantastic experience, increasing your enjoyment of the garden, and it helps us to look after this special place for future generations.

If you are planning to visit Hidcote during the mornings, we recommend that you book your admission ticket in advance to avoid the disappointment of the car park being full and needing to come back at a later time.

After 1pm, which is typically a quieter time to visit Hidcote, you do not need to book your ticket in advance.

Book your ticket to visit Hidcote here.

How and when can I book to visit?

You can book your visit to Hidcote in advance via the link below or by calling the Central Booking Line on 03442 491895.

We recommend making a DigiTickets account when booking your ticket, as you will be able to change the date or time of your booking up to 24 hours before your timeslot. Please note, that you can only amend your booking if you have a DigiTickets account, which can only be created at the time of booking. To cancel your booking, please call our booking team on 0344 249 1895. 

We'll be releasing tickets every Thursday on a rolling basis for two weeks ahead.

We are asking all visitors, including members, to book their visit in advance if you wish to visit Hidcote on a morning. There is no limit on the length of your visit. Tickets will be available in hourly slots so, if you book a ticket for 10.30 you can arrive any time between 10.30 and 11.30. And you can book on the day up until the last minute of the time slot, e.g. You can book at 11:50 for the 11am to 12pm slot, if slots are available.

Questions about the booking system? Please see our FAQ's page.

Mobility image at Trerice

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 the 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 takes 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 Reception 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 are available from the Visitor Reception. Please ask us for a copy on arrival.

Silent Space

Hidcote is a partner of Silent Space an organisation creating dedicated silent spaces at gardens and attractions across the UK, allowing visitors to take a moment and notice nature, or get away from the noises around us.

The Italian Shelter at Hidcote is a dedicated silent space in the garden during visiting hours. Here you can take in the sounds of the Bathing Pool fountain, the birds and bees or the gentle sounds of visitors in other parts of the garden.

Please note that The Italian Shelter is not on the accessible route and can be found off the pathway from the Lilac Circle by the Bathing Pool.

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

Helping us to look after the garden for future generations

Overnight Camping at Hidcote

Please note that overnight camping is not allowed at Hidcote. We, therefore, ask that campervans and other mobile accommodation do not use the car park overnight.

Balls, scooters and pushbikes

Please do not bring balls, scooters or pushbikes into the garden, as these can cause damage to the paths and beds. However, they are welcome in the designated picnic area at the top of the car park.

Dogs at Hidcote

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

However, there are a number of countrysides 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 selection of local interests can be found below.

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.

 

Walking in flowers beds, climbing trees or picking up rocks

The garden at Hidcote is historically important, with many plants and trees being collection pieces or original plants which can not be replaced. Please help us to look after these for future generations by sticking to pathways when visiting.

Drones

The National Trust does 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 politely ask our visitors not to smoke, vape or use e-cigarettes beyond the car park.

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

Activities and Groups at Hidcote

Find out about what's on and summer family activities to enjoy at Hidcote here.

Groups at Hidcote

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

Please contact the Hidcote Group Bookings Team in advance if you are planning an organised group visit to Hidcote, as availability may be limited on the days we are able to facilitate groups.

Local walks to extend your visit at Hidcote

Feeling energetic?

Hidcote has 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 Reception, 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 leads 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. Independent 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 Olympic Games each May.

50 great places to visit in Chipping Campden

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