When are you open for Snowdrops?
Snowdrops at Hodsock is now open. Our dates of opening for the 2018 season are Saturday 10th February to Sunday 4th March 2018.
NB: for Bluebells, we will be open 28th and 29th April, 5th, 6th & 7th May 2018.
What are your opening times?
Visitors can arrive from 10am to 4pm (last entry). The Estate will be closed at 6pm.
NB: for Bluebells, our opening times are 10am to 3pm (last entry).
When is the best time to see snowdrops in season?
Our Snowdrop season is very weather dependant. Snowdrops need a cold and bright winter to be at their best. Unfortunately rain and snow can delay the growth of the Snowdrops. Check our Facebook page and Twitter feeds for regular Snowdrop updates.
Can the paths be accessed when muddy?
Some of our paths are stoney so can be accessed when it has been raining. Our woodland paths however are not barked or chipped so if we have experienced a downpour then our paths will be muddy and may be difficult to access with wheelchairs and pushchairs. Check the local forecast and bring appropriate attire such as wellies, waterproofs and warm clothing.
Are the gardens accessible for disabled visitors and carers with pushchairs?
We welcome around 400 wheelchair users each year to Snowdrops at Hodsock. The paths around the garden are accessible with electric and manual wheelchairs and pushchairs. However our woodland and some garden paths are not barked or chipped so will be difficult to access especially in wet weather. Our gift shop and tea rooms are in heated marquees, and some toilets are accessible. Our staff are on hand to help any of our visitors. Disabled parking spaces are allocated near to the Gatehouse.
What is the entry charge for disabled and young visitors?
Our entry prices for 2018 are Adults £5.00, Groups of 10 or more £4.50, Children 6-16 years £1.00, Under 6s FREE, Wheelchair users FREE.
NB: for Bluebells 2018: Friends of Hodsock FREE with card, Adults £2.50, Children FREE, Wheelchair users FREE.
Can I pay for tickets by credit or debit card?
Yes. We accept credit and debit cards at our entry kiosk, gift shop and tea room during Snowdrops. Advanced tickets can be purchased online and redeemed on arrival.
NB: for Bluebells, the ticket kiosk and Woodland Cafe can only accept cash payments.
Do you accept RHS membership cards?
We offer 10% discount for RHS, NGS, NAFAS, NADFAS and U3A members. Please remember to bring your card. Discounts are in place for groups, children and disabled visitors. Day passes for Snowdrops entry with tea and cake can be purchased online.
Do you have any special offers available for entry to Snowdrops?
Our Snowdrop day passes can be purchased on line to include entry to the gardens and tea and cake and save £2.50 per couple. All Friends of Hodsock receive 10% off entry and purchases.
Are dogs allowed?
Sorry – no dogs allowed in the Gardens or Woods
Regrettably, we do NOT allow dogs in the Gardens or Woods at Hodsock. Each year, many dog owners come and exercise their dogs in the Car Park (a 10 acre field with links to public rights of way) and then leave their dogs in their cars while they go in and enjoy the Garden and Woods.
Are toilets indoor or outdoor?
We have excellent outdoor, permanent toilet facilities close to the Tea Room. We have disabled facilities and baby change too.
Can I purchase Snowdrops on site?
Yes our plant sales are open daily and we have additional souvenirs, local produce and children’s gifts available in our Snowdrops Gift Shop, run for us by Floral Media from Caunton.
What food and drink is available on site?
Our tea rooms serve quality meals, snacks and drinks sourced from local producers. You can find tea and cake, pie and peas and a wide range of hot drinks and food. Our Woodland Cafe area has hot drinks and home made goodies on sale every day, right in the centre of the woods, amongst the snowdrops, next to the campfire.
NB: on Bluebell dates, only the Woodland Cafe will be open for hot butties, homemade cakes and drinks (cash only please).
Can I cycle to Hodsock Priory? Are there bike storage facilities?
Hodsock is well serviced with bridle paths leading to Carlton-in-Lindrick, Langold and Blyth. We welcome cyclists and although we do not provide cycle lockers, we do have storage facilities on site that are suitable. All items are left at owners risk. Please ask at the kiosk for details.
How do I enter the Snowdrop Photo Competition?
Our annual Snowdrop Photo competition is now run online. You can enter by uploading your digital images to our Flickr account. Please do not send your entries by post. You’re welcome to tweet us your images @HodsockPriory too with the hashtag #Snowdrops2018.
What is there to do for families?
A. Families can stroll the gardens and woodland, and the small forest play area has balance posts and sticks to build dens. There’ll be plenty of mud and sticks, so remember your wellies. Pick up a ‘Find it in the Garden’ game at the entry kiosk upon arrival.
Where can I find out more about the history of Hodsock?
Check out the rest of our website and particularly, browse the section on the History of Hodsock.