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Hidcote Manor Garden

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Hidcote Manor Garden is a 10 acre garden located in the Cotswolds. The garden is set out as a series of “rooms” divided by hedges and walls, thus creating individual areas with their own characteristics. The rooms are designed to be at their best at different times of the year so that there is always something of interest.     

Hidcote Manor Garden

The creator of Hidcote Manor Garden, Lawrence Johnston, was interested in exotic plants and took part in hunting expeditions from which he would return with new species for the garden. He also exchanged plants with fellow plantsmen in Australia and Japan. He was always ready to seek advice and inspiration from prominent gardeners of the time such as Gertrude Jekyll. 

This has led the garden to be well-stocked with many rare trees and shrubs and unusual plants from many corners of the world. 

The focal point of the garden is the Gazebo which is at the centre point of the garden. Another feature is the large circular pool which is surrounded by white roses. The garden has many topiary hedges, with varied species such as holly, beech, hornbeam and yew, which, apart from acting as boundaries between the garden rooms, give the garden an arts and crafts feel. 

Some parts of the garden are not accessible to wheelchairs because of steep slopes and some loose gravel pathways. This makes access limited for pushchairs and prams also. Baby changing facilities are available and hip-carrying infant seats are available for loan.


A visit to Groombridge is not for the faint hearted as there are many ghost stories connected with the house and gardens.  The most famous is the Ostler. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle talks about a ghostly encounter in the book  "At the Edge of the Unknown". 

Children will be on the lookout for the zeedonk, a cross between a donkey and a zebra and one of only two in the UK. 

For eating visitors have the choice of a licensed restaurant or enjoying a picnic in the spacious grounds. A gift shop sells souvenirs to suit all pockets. 

There is good access to all areas for wheelchairs and pushchairs. 

Baby changing facilities are provided. 

Contact Details: 
Tunbridge Wells 
TN3 9QG  
Tel:  +44 (0)1892 861 444 


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