Hidcote Manor Garden
Hidcote Manor Garden
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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. Using Hidcote as a ‘blank canvas’, Lawrence Johnston designed the garden in phases from 1907 to 1938. He furnished borders with newly discovered plants and exotic rarities gathered during plant hunting expeditions from around the world.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • pesue1
    Nuneaton, United Kingdom598 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great garden
    Beautiful national trust house and garden, lovely sunny day so everything looks great, nice walks around different gardens some steps and slopes so beware if you have difficulty. There are cafés and toilets but very busy on a sunny day. Well worth a visit anytime of the year. But check if you have to book
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 19, 2023
  • Adrian D
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom753 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Everything In The Garden Was Rosy
    We visited Hidcote with friends while we were staying in Worcester for the weekend. The gardens are stunning and were at their best in the very warm summer sun. The facilities are good with a gift shop, cafe, ice cream shop and second hand book shop, as well as toilets, available. The gardens are split up into different sections, or rooms, and there was plenty to see and admire. Definitely a worthwhile visit.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written June 20, 2023
  • Geoff C
    Bristol, United Kingdom30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Delightful stroll around a fascinating garden
    Delightful and fascinating garden made up of numerous different character areas of architecture and planting and offering glimpses of distant views of the Cotswolds and vale of Evesham. We spent around 2 1/2 hours covering the circular walk but it would be possible to spend a much longer visit exploring. Good cafe, shop and second hand bookshop. Definitely a highlight of our Cotswold tour. Remember to book on line for a morning visit during the season as numbers and parking are limited.
    Visited June 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 26, 2023
  • David Ralph
    Royal Tunbridge Wells, United Kingdom161 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing gardens
    Getting there is a travel experience, a long way off the beaten track but worth the drive and very glad of car navigation. Fairly small car park, so booking recommended. Fairly “wild” garden with very many clusters and pockets of plants and flowers to see. Great plant shop.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written June 30, 2023
  • DodgetheViper
    Telford, United Kingdom830 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Brilliant
    These gardens a some way off the beaten track but well worth the effort to get there. The gardens are absolutely stunning and seem to go on and on. We also visited the cafe and enjoyed some tasty flapjacks and excellent coffee. If you are interested in plants and gardens you could spend a long time here and would be rewarded by further visits at different times of the year. We will return if in the area again.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 12, 2023
  • Andrew D
    Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom242 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible gardens
    We had heard about Hidcote many times on TV and while on holiday nearby we thought we had to visit. The gardens are really lovely, with so much to see, and the staff and volunteers were all very friendly. We loved the variety of planting across the site, and took about 3 hours to see everything. After the disruption the pandemic caused to all visitor attractions, with staff not being able to work and maintain them, it amazed us just how good it (almost) all looked.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written July 19, 2023
  • treasure1Somerset
    Burnham-On-Sea, United Kingdom193 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely gardens and colour
    Fantastic Gardens. Well worth a visit.Took 2 hours to walk around and could have spent longer. Gardens set out in different colours Usual huge queue for cafe suggest bring your own food plenty of places to picnic Make sure you prebook carpark or you may be turned away.
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 2, 2023
  • Suzanne S
    United Kingdom168 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hidcote Gardens
    This was a Lovely Day out not far from Home. Weather was kind to. We took our Dogs - one of us stayed with them while One of us Toured the Premises as Not Dog Friendly in Gardens. Café Apparently but we took our own Refreshments I spent a Good 2 Hours looking around and also inside some of the Manor House. There are Walks available Ask at Reception This we took Advantage of as well to Enjoy the Stretching Cotswold Views - Even as Far as the Malvern Hills
    Visited July 2023
    Written August 7, 2023
  • Peter T
    84 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lovely garden
    This is a lovely garden. Its a little off the beaten track but well worth a visit. There are several sections to explore and you are given a useful map on entry. There are plenty of places to sit and admire the sights. At the entrance/exit there are toilets, a cafe and a gift shop. I only wish that the plants had labels to help identify them.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 8, 2023
  • RM303
    Hong Kong, China745 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful
    Took the plunge at signed up for annual membership to the National Trust. And what a perfect start. The weather had just cleared up after a few hours of rain and it was great to see all the different shades of green - the plants, the trees, the woods, the lawns. Had a very pleasant 90 minute wander before continuing our journey to nearby attractions. But the highlight for that day was definitely Hidcote.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 25, 2023
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Louise_Howgill
Melton Mowbray, UK1 contribution
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Oct 2021
We arrived on Sunday at Hidcote after a long drive and planned to have lunch and a cream tea before a walk around the gardens. We were really disappointed to find that the cafe was closed. There was nothing on their website to tell us that the cafe would be closed in advance of our visit. We paid £15 each for a walk around gardens which were well past their best and all we could buy to eat were some crisps and a Kit-Kat! There is not even any indoor seating to have a cuppa if it's raining. It's fair enough that they have to close the cafe for renovations but not to buy-in any sandwiches or cakes for visitors to eat or let them know on the website is very poor customer service and spoiled our day out. We would not have visited Hidcote if we had known that the cafe was closed. It used to cost £8 each to visit the gardens when it was pre-booked due to Covid and the gardens looked much better then. There are some nice dog walks from the car park so take a picnic and go for a countryside walk instead.
Written October 3, 2021
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Sleepysheepy19
73 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
We visited as an anniversary day out. Hidcote is a garden to be treasured, with a beautiful mature structure of enormous yew hedges, hard landscaping and mass planting that cannot be found elsewhere. I am a keen gardener, and I know how much of a battle it is to maintain cottage style planting (a battle against nature), so I thought, contrary to some reviews that the gardens were in relatively good condition given the time of year (late summer always difficult) and the situation this year which has led to minimal staffing for maintenance (with the exception of kitchen garden which was clearly abandoned before lockdown and hasn’t seen a gardener since).

However our visit was spoilt by the NT’s approach at the moment. I am risk averse, and fully understand the need for very careful guest management at this time. But they have not got it right here. There were so many areas of the garden roped off with no entry that we really felt like we were missing several of the key parts, a huge shame for us. For example the ‘Red border’ which is at its best in Aug and Sept was roped off. We could not understand the need for this apart from in the areas of very tight access. It really felt like the NT were trying to take away visitor enjoyment in the garden, yet some areas were slack - the toilets were not supervised to control numbers in and out, or the wearing of masks. There was no toilet paper in the cubicle (11am). There was no hand sanitiser (no problem for me as I take a bottle everywhere!). This seems a higher risk environment than any part of the garden. I witnessed a visitor ‘wash’ their hands for all of 3 seconds, rather than giving a proper wash - although this is a matter of personal responsibility of course. There were no signs reminding importance of hand washing.

We have visited a few major gardens this summer since the COVID arrangements and this was by far the least satisfying experience in terms of balance between meeting COVID restriction needs and actually allowing guests to feel like they are getting the day out they’ve been longing for.

Overall I am glad we went but it just didn’t make us feel wowed. I am sure we will return one day and give it another chance.
Written September 7, 2020
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RIchard035
Northwood, UK1,272 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We went to Hidcote gardens in January as we are National Trust members and were staying in the area. The house had a small exhibition which was not particularly interesting. The doors was open and there was no heating so it was pretty cold in the house. There are extensive gardens - really a maze of interconnected small gardens. I can imagine that this is very impressive in the spring, summer or autumn but there is very little to see in the winter. I am glad we didn't pay for entry. There is a small plant centre and gift shop. There is also a café but it was pretty cold - many of the diners were sitting with their coats on.
Written January 28, 2020
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Wanderer733637
3 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
I visited Hidcote about 6 years ago and loved the garden but the cafe service and food was atrocious unlike any other National trust cafe I had visited.
So decided to go again today as a friend was visiting.
There were notices saying be kind during these times and some areas of the garden had to be left untended.
On the whole we enjoyed the garden but very poorly signposted and did find it hard to work out which way to go from the map.so retraced our steps many times.Some areas one way but that wasn’t working.
The garden did look very sorry for itself in a lot of areas but it is the end of August.
So to the cafe a bad bottleneck to get in to a fairly quiet outside and inside area.
There were four or five staff on and the service should not have been so slow ,we queued for about 20 minutes .There was no food made to order and a very poor limited choice again.
All disposable crockery and cutlery not very eco friendly ,not pleasant to eat or drink from and as so quiet not needed ?!
All young staff who didn’t seem organised.
Only warm sausage rolls,cheese pasty or curried veg pasty.They ran out of the cheese pasties at 12.15 and my husband had the curried veg,The pastry was very hard as it was in a warmer.
I had a cheese scone which I thought would be safe but it was very dry.
Whilst we were there a man returned a brownie with a hair in!He was offered a replacement but not a refund .Had okay sandwiches but we wished we had kept to our vow of never visiting the cafe again.
Have always made a beeline for a National trust Cafes ,but this Cafe does not resemble the usual high standard of the National trust .
Written August 25, 2021
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Hilary G
West Sussex97 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
The gardens themselves are as beautiful as we had expected, but our trip was a bit overshadowed by a staff member trying to give us a 'dressing down' for not booking in advance. She very reluctantly 'allowed' us in... We had arrived bang on opening time and the website only mentions that the site gets very busy by midday!
We have been NT members for years but are finding this infantilising attitude is becoming more and more the norm...
Written June 28, 2022
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slemishm
Banbury, UK111 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Friends
The boarders are a little overgrown and the one way system does take away the enjoyment of wondering around and stopping.

Sadly the cafe experience was the most disappointing - take away only with outdoor tables and chairs piled up and roped off rather than spread out for people to use....a ( poor ) local decision
Written August 17, 2020
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Lovelife10126
London, UK140 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Couples
Tickets must be pre booked. One way system, social distancing is in place and limited visitors per day.

I am sure the gardens were once beautiful, sadly not the case on our visit today as not much to see. Most flowers were dead. The one way system means the walk is completed very quickly. Plus for us is we were staying near, definitely not worth travelling to visit.
Written September 3, 2020
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MartinMidz
Worcestershire11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
As National Trust members, I don't know why we'd never visited here. The gardens are truly spectacular, perhaps the best we've seen out of all of the NT properties we've visited so far.

You can also visit the house, but only a few rooms are open, just to give you a feel for how it looked. The story behind the property is also really interesting. Ask a member of staff to give you a brief history before you start exploring and read all of the the info in the museum parts of the house.

My only criticism is the coffee shop/cafe doesn't seem big enough for the size and sheer popularity of this property. Admittedly, we visited on a bank holiday, but the cafe was heaving and couldn't cope. There wasn't a single chair or table available and yet the queue of people waiting to get in was out of the door and down the road!!

To conclude, we had a really great time at the property, but decided to give the coffee shop a miss ...which is a shame as a cup of tea and a slice of cake makes for a lovely traditional end to any National Trust visit.
Written May 3, 2022
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TheWelshDaisy
Menai Bridge, UK113 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Despite making allowances for the circumstances, I have to say we were very disappointed with the gardens. The last few times we have been there we have felt the standard has dropped since the former Head Gardener left. Don't think we will bother re-visiting. It appears to have lost its way. Also two of the four plants I bought last time have not survived and one of the survivors didn't turn out to be what the label stated. Very sad as Hidcote used to be my favourite NT garden.
Written September 27, 2020
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wowfactor
Marnhull, UK397 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Friends
Hidcote has been on my list of must visit gardens for a while but I was totally underwhelmed by my trip. Perhaps early September was not the best time to go as most things were past their best, although I have been to lots of other gardens at this time of year which have looked good, and overall the gardens just looked unkempt. I guess I should have been forwarned by the sign at the entrance that said things were not looking as good as normal due to COVID. I’m also assuming that COVID would be the reason/excuse why one of the cafes was closed meaning that there was a long queue for the open one which we didn’t join, deciding to head to a nearby small garden centre for lunch instead. I wouldn’t have minded quite so much if they weren’t charging an entry fee of £15 for below par gardens and closed cafes. The best part of the garden is that by the lily pond but the rest wasn’t worth the journey. Kiftsgate next door was much better.
Written September 7, 2021
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