Snowdrops at Hodsock 2015
The Snowdrop experience for 2015 will again be all about making the most of our exquisite early spring gardens. The marquee tea room, gift shop and plant sale will be sited at the side of our 16th century Gatehouse with direct access into the woodland. The outdoor cafe and picnic area sits alongside the Horsepasture Wood campfire and here George will tell visitors about Hodsock's past. Guests can wander around the gardens, visit the Victorian beehives, follow the kids treasure trails, build dens and roam the woodland. Please note that the House is not open and the Italian Terrace will be closed on the following dates due to Snowdrop weddings; 6th, 7th,14th, 20th, 21st, 27th and 28th February.
If you are interested in viewing the house, then see our House Tours page.
We suggest that our visitors prepare for the English winter weather and follow our accessible paths if using wheelchairs or if you have children in buggies. See our Frequently Asked Questions for more hints and tips on visiting Snowdrops at Hodsock.
See our Visiting Snowdrops guide to plan your day at Hodsock Priory.
See our what’s on page for a full list of events.
Useful information for planning a visit to Snowdrops
Snowdrops Walk – how long will it take
Café on site?
What to wear
Q. Are dogs allowed?
A. We are a pet friendly site and dogs are welcome to run in The Park only.
We do not allow dogs in the gardens or woodland (apart from assistance dogs).
A. We mark a route that is more suitable for wheelchair users and those who are less mobile.
Paths around the garden and the main walkway into the woods will be fine however many of our woodland paths are unsurfaced and can become very muddy underfoot. There are disabled toilets and we are trying to make all areas as accessible as possible.
Q. How long does a visit to Snowdrops at Hodsock take?
A. We’d recommend that you allow around two hours for your visit to the estate. The Snowdrop walk takes around an hour to an hour and a half and don’t forget a trip to the tea room. Visits during the weekend events may require more time.
Q. What facilities are on site?
A. We have the Snowdrops tea rooms serving homemade food from local produce. We also have the Woodland cafe in the Glade near the campfire. The plant sales and gift shop will be open every day, run by our partners at Floral Media from Caunton. Toilets are close to the marquee and we have baby change and disabled facilities.
A. Wrap up warm and wear suitable outdoor clothing including footwear (walking books, wellies and trainers are advisable) and waterproofs if its raining.