Explore the garden at Hidcote
Hidcote is a world-famous Arts and Crafts-inspired garden nestled in a North Cotswold hamlet, created by passionate plantsman and talented designer, Major Lawrence Johnston. Covering an area of 10.5 acres the garden takes visitors on a journey through intimate formal areas revealing a different atmosphere or new vista at every turn.
Smaller, more formal garden ‘rooms’ near the house, give way to more natural areas that blend in with the surrounding countryside further away. There is a central axis running from east to west and another north to south, forming corridors off which the garden rooms can be found, each one with its own character and personality.
In 1948 Lawrence Johnston gifted Hidcote, now a Grade I listed garden, to the National Trust, becoming the first garden-only property in the Trust’s care. Using contemporary photographs and accounts to guide our vision, we continue to care for it for future generations to enjoy.
The Bathing Pool
You can hear the gentle burbling of a fountain coming from this garden room long before you see it. Tall box hedges with sculpted topiary yew birds frame the steps down to the Bathing Pool.
Johnston borrowed a book on garden design by Thomas Mawson, entitled The Art and Craft of Garden Making. Mawson recommends that for a fountain ‘where more elaboration is called for, a group of statuary, such as the boy and dolphin… may be introduced’. It would appear that Johnston followed this advice, as in the middle of the vast pool is such a centrepiece.
The pool wasn't just for ornamentation; it was also intended to be a bathing pool, and photographs in the Hidcote archive show that it was used as such by friends and family.
The Red Borders and Gazebos
A mixture of shrubs, perennials and annuals, the Red Borders are at their peak throughout August and September, when their colour and texture really come into their own. Look out for varieties of dahlia, salvia and geum.
Developed while Johnston was recuperating from an injury he sustained during the First World War, the Gazebos define a crossing point in the garden, and provide an ideal space to take shelter during a rain shower.
The ceiling and cornice in the North Gazebo have retained Johnston’s original hand-painted decoration.
Find out what activities you can join to make the most of your next visit – and discover all the facilities available for families.
We recommended that you book a car parking space in advance to guarantee entry on the day. Read this article to find out how to book and what to expect when you arrive.
Visit Winthrop's Cafe and The Barn Kiosk (takeaway only) for a range of light snacks and beverages; or the National Trust shop, plant centre and second-hand bookshop for an array of tempting gifts and souvenirs.
Only assistance and support dogs are able to join you at Hidcote. Find out everything you need to know about visiting the garden with your assistance dog.
Looking to visit Hidcote as part of a club, society or registered travel company? Discover how to make a booking, how much you'll pay and any benefits you might receive.