Hodsock Priory

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Blyth, Worksop,
Nottinghamshire, S81 0TY




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2018-01-16 04:48:17

Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Snowdrops information http://www.snowdrops.co.uk We are open 4th Feb to 5th March 10am to 4pm.

Parties/Coaches: Yes

Groups of 10+ discount

Group Appointment: Yes
House Open for Viewing: No
National Garden Scheme days: Yes

Sun 5th March

Best Times of Year to Visit:

Snowdrop season

To see:

Snowdrops, cyclamen, hellebores etc.

Admission Prices

£5 for all adults £1 children 6-16yrs. Free admission for children aged 5 years and under and wheelchair users.

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: Yes
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: No
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: Yes
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: No
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Picnics: Yes
Special Events: Yes
Other Facilities & Comments:

House and Gardens available for weddings, see www.hodsockpriory.com
*Events throughout the year - see website for details We have a cafe, plants shop and gift shop on site.
We don't allow dogs (except assistance dogs) in the gardens or woods but dogs are welcome to run in the Park.

Garden Features & Events

Snowdrops in abundance.

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:

The Courtyard at Hodsock Ye Old Bell Hotel, Barnby Moor


Mussel & Crab, Tuxford China Rose, Bawtry

Inns & Pubs:

4 pubs in Blyth

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

St. Mary & St. Martin Church, Bawtry Harley Gallery, Welbeck Creswell Crags, Whitwell

Description of Garden

This is almost certainly the best garden to visit for snowdrops in the North of England. Every year in February thousands flock to Hodsock from miles around to see the famous snowdrops and winter flowering plants and shrubs. Not only are there many varieties of snowdrops, some very rare, but also there are banks of hellebores, carpets of pink cyclamen, ribbons of golden aconites, blue irises and the red, orange, green, black and white stems of acers, cornus and willows. Complementing these are the heady fragrance of sarcococca and winter flowering honeysuckle. Truly a garden to be savoured at a time of year when there is only the promise of spring to look forward to. A visit to Hodsock will chase away your winter blues and raise the spirits.

Take it easy for the visitor a clearly marked trail winds through the garden, moat and woodlands with seats at suitable vantage points to allow the remarkable drifts of snowdrops to be appreciated and enjoyed. Then it is time for a delicious tea.

History Of Garden

Although the Grade I gatehouse dates from the 16th century, the rest of the house was built in the 19th century to a design by George Devey who specialised in making new buildings look as if they had been there for centuries. The gardens were originally laid out at the same time and developed by the head gardener Arthur Ford, who wrote for a number of gardening journals and was eventually headhunted by Kew Gardens. He established the flower beds in the Fan Garden, the beds in the Italian Terrace and the fruit and vegetables in the kitchen gardens.

After being turned over to vegetable production with the Women's Land Army in WWII, the gardens were kept going by cousins of the original owners and then handed over to Sir Andrew Buchanan in 1967. Lady Buchanan, with tremendous energy and foresight, turned the focus of the gardens to snowdrops and with clever marketing launched snowdrop weekends at Hodsock attracting a large number of visitors.

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