Hidden treasures in Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire is home to two enchanting lesser-known gardens, as well as a 'lost landscape' and rugged commons to explore . Please check each place's opening times before you visit, as they are not all open year-round.

Hidcote's Old Garden in flower in summer


There's a richness and diversity of plants from around the world at Hidcote, an Arts and Crafts garden in the north Cotswolds. Many of the plants here were collected by American horticulturist, Major Lawrence Johnston, on his plant hunting trips to far away places.

The Pavillion at Westbury Court Garden

Westbury Court Garden

This secret gem is the only restored Dutch style water garden in the country. At Westbury Court Garden, visitors can explore canals, clipped hedges and working 17th-century vegetable plots.

Visitor sat on a boat seat near the boat house

Woodchester Park

This tranquil wooded valley contains a 'lost landscape' with remains of a landscape park with a chain of five lakes. Secreted away in the surrounding woodland, you'll find an old Boat House, built in the early 19th century, and a disused quarry.

View from Rodborough Common

Minchinhampton and Rodborough Commons

At Minchinhampton and Rodborough Commons you'll find rolling hills and open spaces above the Stroud Valleys and Severn estuary. Minchinhampton Common is a large swathe of open grassland on the hill top and slopes of the Cotswold escarpment. Rodborough Common lies just to the north of Minchinhampton Common and offers a dramatic panorama overlooking Stroud and the Severn Vale.