Coach trips and Group visits to Hidcote
Hidcote welcomes groups of visitors both large and small. Whether you’re part of a club, a society or a registered travel company, we’d be delighted to accommodate you. On this page, you’ll find all the information you need, from how to make a booking, to any benefits you may be entitled to when visiting Hidcote as a group.
Bringing a group to Hidcote
Hidcote is a popular destination, so it’s essential that groups of any size book with us in advance to secure their visit and avoid disappointment. Our car park is not large and we need to ensure we have reserved a parking space for you.
If you want to book a group visit to Hidcote, or you need more information, please download our 2023 Group Booking document, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01386 438333.
If someone in your party will require a mobility scooter during your visit, please request this as part of your booking.
Benefits for groups
If you visit Hidcote as a group, you’ll be entitled to some or all of the following benefits:
• Complimentary admission for a group leader who wants to pay a familiarisation visit (please notify us of your intended visit so we can meet you for a chat)
• Complimentary admission for one group leader on the day of your visit
• Discounted admission for groups of 15 people or more (tickets must be paid for as one payment to qualify)
• Allocated arrival time
Coaches carrying 15 or more passengers can park free for up to three hours, after which a fee will be charged. Groups of 14 people or fewer are kindly asked to arrive in a minibus; if you arrive by coach, you will be charged a car parking fee (note that we can only take coach group bookings on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, except on UK bank holidays).
Free familiarisation visits for group leaders
If you're planning a group visit you can request our free Travel Trade Pass and you and a friend or colleague will gain free entry to over 300 of our places throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland for 12 months. There’s nothing quite like seeing or experiencing somewhere for yourself to help you plan a successful visit. To receive your pass, call 0344 800 2329 or email us at NTTravelTrade@capita.co.uk.
Who is eligible for free entry?
Registered tourist board guides (on production of a valid badge), coach drivers and tour leaders escorting groups of 15 or more. National Trust members also receive free entry, so it is at your discretion whether to refund the entrance fee to members if you have included it in your package – this is not refunded by the National Trust.
Members must bring their current membership cards with them to avoid paying the full group rate. If any of your group would like to join the National Trust please direct them to our Membership page or call 0344 800 1895.
Group admission prices
Normal admission charges apply to groups comprising 14 people or fewer, or when group members pay individually.
If there are 15 or more people in your party (including National Trust members but excluding the tour leader and coach driver), there will be a reduced admission charge*. To find out how much you can save, and for full terms and conditions, contact us using the details below.
*We reserve the right to refuse entry to any organised group that has not made a booking. Groups of 15 or more people that are admitted at our discretion will not be entitled to the group rate.
Educational group visits
Hidcote is the perfect place for a self-led educational visit. If you would like to plan your visit, please contact us at email@example.com.
Schools can benefit from an Educational Group Membership, which is an annual membership giving free access to the whole school group at National Trust places.
Booking your group visit to Hidcote
Private group visits
If you are interested in visiting Hidcote as a group outside of public opening hours, between 4pm and 6pm, we have a limited number of dates available for private group visits between May and October. Private group visits will have exclusive access to the garden and booking includes a garden tour with a volunteer, up to two glasses of fizz/soft drink per guest and free entrance for up to two group leaders.
What is included:
Private group visit package includes:
- Arrival 4.00pm
- Time to explore the shop and facilities at the start of the visit
- A tour of the garden by a Garden Guide, focused on the history of Hidcote, Lawrence Johnston and his legacy
- Exclusive access to the garden
- Drinks (up to two glasses of fizz or soft drink per guest) on the patio of Winthrop's Cafe
- Time to wander the garden after tour
- Departure at 6.00pm
Minimum group size of 10 guests, and two tour leaders.
The 2023 price for the above package is £41.00 per person. The price for the 2024 dates will be confirmed from November 2023 - please note dates for 2024 are filling up fast.
How to enquire:
Please contact the email address below above as soon as possible to discuss availability.
Dates for this package are limited and fill up quickly, therefore dates are not guaranteed and booking in advance is essential. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01386 438333
Explore Hidcote's Arts and Crafts-inspired garden, a network of ‘outdoor rooms' designed by the renowned horticulturalist Lawrence Johnston.
Unravel the story of this Gloucestershire garden, from its priory beginnings, through Lawrence Johnston’s vision, to its acquisition by the National Trust.
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.
Learn about the work the National Trust carries out at Hidcote to ensure that this Gloucestershire garden remains in tip-top condition all year round.
If you’re planning educational group visits to National Trust places, then you could benefit from education group membership, giving you free admission for a year.
If you're travelling to the UK from overseas this year, buy a National Trust Touring Pass for entry to more than 300 places in our care. With 7-day and 14-day options available, the pass can be tailored to fit your trip. Discover where you can visit with the Touring Pass and how to buy yours.
Visiting us with a group? Then our answers to your frequently asked questions might help with any question you may have.