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Garden tours at Hidcote

Discover the history of Hidcote and its creator, Major Lawrence Johnston, as well as the garden conservation work of the National Trust on a guided garden tour. Find out more...

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Interested in finding out about the history and significance of Major Lawrence Johnston's garden at Hidcote, join one of our knowledgeable Garden Guides for a one-hour guided tour of the garden.

Explore how Hidcote developed from a Cotswold sheep farm to a Grade I listed garden with international significance. What attracted Johnston, a self-taught horticulturalist and wealthy American, to Hidcote Bartrim and how he changed the landscape and reputation of this small hamlet in the north Cotswolds forever.

Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 2pm to 3pm, when a volunteer is available.

To book your spot, head to the Hidcote Visitor Reception on the day.



Event ticket prices

This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.

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The basics


Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Meeting point

Tickets can be purchased at the Hidcote Visitor Reception.

What to bring and wear

Weather-appropriate clothing and sturdy shoes.


The tour will take place in the garden and may involve uneven pathways and steps. Please let the Guide know at the start of the tour if you have any mobility issues and where possible, an accessible route will be taken.

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