Opening Times and Top Tips
Snowdrops at Hodsock 2018 will open daily from Saturday 10th February 2018 until Sunday 4th March 2018.
We welcome visitors seven days a week during the Snowdrop season, come rain or shine. Tickets can be purchased either online in advance (valid for any date within the season) or on arrival on the day at the entry Kiosk.
Please DO dress in warm outdoor clothing and DON’T forget to bring your wellies or walking boots as some areas can get a little muddy.
There’s a well signed walk around the gardens with short cuts for those who are less mobile and walk extensions for those wanting to roam the woodland. Extended walks around the estate and local area will be signposted.
Join George Buchanan, the manager and ninth generation resident of Hodsock Priory at 2pm daily by the campfire. He’ll enlighten you with his History Talk including secrets about the estate and his ancestors.
Refreshments are available in the Marquee Tea Room and outdoor Woodland Café by the campfire. Toilets are also available on site.
Whispering Wood Folk presents
‘The Snowdrop Queen’
Spectacular storytelling, outdoor theatre and aerial acrobatics. If you come and enjoy Hodsock Snowdrops anytime between 10am and 3pm on 16th, 17th or 18th, the £5 adult entry price and £1 child price applies and includes access to the daytime theatre show.
There’ll be a £2.50 charge per adult (children free) to the evening Fire and Light shows – if you’d like to buy tickets in advance, click here.
Alternatively, they’ll be available from 3pm on 16th and 17th and the show starts at 5pm. Food and refreshments will also be available in the heated Marquee Tearoom and Woodland Cafe between 3pm and 5pm on these two special dates.
Dogs are regrettably not permitted in the Snowdrop Garden and Grounds, with the exception of Assistance Dogs.
Dogs are welcome to take a stroll in the parkland outside the gardens but should be kept on lead and under close control at all times. Dogs and their owners can enjoy extended walks around the nearby local village of Blyth, set in the beautiful Nottinghamshire countryside.
Our luxury heated and windowed Marquee Tearoom can be found near the Gatehouse. Sit back, relax and admire the views of the Snowdrop woodland. Every day, we’ll be serving up luxury cream teas, pies, soups and pie and peas – homemade food from Ann Wright and her trusty team.
The Marquee Tea Room
Choose from a selection of fine teas, rich coffees or indulge in tasty hot chocolate. Our counters are lined with sandwiches made from local artisan breads and homemade cakes fresh from the Hodsock kitchen. Available every day in the Tea Room during Snowdrop season.
The Woodland Café and Campfire
Warm yourselves by the campfire and pay a visit to the Woodland Café to enjoy a welcoming hot drink.
Open each day serving teas and coffees, steaming hot chocolate, plus goodies like egg, bacon or sausage sandwiches.
The Children’s Play Area
Watch your kids or grandchildren enjoying some outdoor fun at our homemade playground.
We identify preferred routes for less able visitors and the footpaths immediately around the house and formal gardens can be accessed by wheelchair.
Other routes are across grassland and woodland and can get very muddy which can be difficult for wheelchairs, motorised vehicles and pushchairs.
Please note that wheelchairs are not available to hire on site.
See our Accessibility page for more details.
Limited hard surface parking is allocated for disabled visitors and coaches.
The main car park is the right hand field of the estate.
Parking wardens will welcome you to the site and direct you to the next available space. Parking is included in the entry price to the gardens.
Our open air plant sale is a must for all visitors. Whether you are looking for winter blooms, potting plants, hardy perennials or small shrubs and trees, we stock a collection of quality, well maintained products. We’re pleased to welcome professional gardeners’ Floral Media back to Hodsock in 2018 to stock and run our Snowdrop Plant Sale. Take a piece of Hodsock home with you by purchasing some of our snowdrop bulbs. Snowdrops generally available include: Galanthus Nivalis, Flore Plena, Ikarae, Elwesii, S. Arnott, Warham, Magnet, Desdemona, Dionysus, Hippolyta, Lady Beatrix Stanley, Galatea, Hillpoe and Pusey Green Tip.
Our address for SatNav is Hodsock Priory, Blyth, Nottinghamshire, Postcode S81 0TY.
The estate is located at Blyth just off the A1. For more detailed directions, visit our Find us page.
Map of the Hodsock Estate
The Gift Shop
The Gift Shop is run by Floral Media.
The Gift Shop offers a range of gifts and souvenirs from your visit to Hodsock and Paula and Steve Routledge who run the shop are also on hand to offer gardening hints and tips.
Tickets can be purchased on arrival or in advance.
HHA Members and HHA Friends enjoy FREE entry to the snowdrop gardens, with a valid membership card.
10% off for Friends of Hodsock members, U3A, RHS, NADFAS and NAFAS members – just show your card at the gate
Snowdrop day pass £15
Purchase a Snowdrop Day Pass online and save money.
Day passes include entry to the garden and tea and cake for 2 people.
10% off all purchases in the Tea Room, Gift Shop and Plant Sale for Friends of Hodsock.
PLEASE NOTE THAT WE NO LONGER OPERATE ‘FREE TEA TUESDAYS’