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.

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This article was created before the coronavirus crisis, and may not reflect the current situation. Please make sure you check web pages for individual places before you travel, to see where is open and where you may need to book, as well as the most up to date information about visiting.

Visitors walking through a garden in spring

Visiting this spring 

In England and Northern Ireland, our gardens, parks and countryside remain open for local people to exercise. Shops, houses and other indoor areas are closed, and cafés are takeaway only. The safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors from the nearby community remains our priority and we urge you to book your visits in advance and stay local. All places in Wales are currently closed. Please check the property webpage before you travel.

Frost aerial view of the Pillar Garden in winter


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. Open Saturdays and Sundays until 20 December inclusive.

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.

Enjoy a walk whatever the weather

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 of the Stroud Valley 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.