22 of the best places to see snowdrops in the UK

Snowdrops at Fountains Abbey - CREDIT: National Trust

Snowdrops at Fountains Abbey – CREDIT: National Trust

The first snowdrops of the season have already been seen in some parts of the country and add joy to cold winter walks.

Here, we list the best spots to find snowdrops in the UK – in magnificent National Trust gardens, hidden woods and grounds of gorgeous stately homes.

South West

1. Kingston Lace, Dorset

Open daily, 10:30 – 14:00; Guided snowdrop walks on Mondays and Wednesdays throughout February

Snowdrops at Kingston Lacy - National Trust

Snowdrops at Kingston Lacy – National Trust

Special snowdrop walks have long been a tradition here, so you can stroll through the shop windows and greet this first sign of spring. Keep an eye out for the site’s beautiful Red Ruby Devon cattle herd and explore the Japanese Garden as well. More information.

2. Newark Park, Gloucestershire

It is open daily from 10:00 to 17:00 from February 4th.

Snowdrops in Newark Park - National Trust

Snowdrops in Newark Park – National Trust

Newark Park has snowdrops drifting through the garden and these mix with aconites and cyclamens to give an impressive display. Then, warm up with tea and cake by the fireplace in the Tudor living room. More information.

3. Stourhead, Wiltshire

Open daily, 09:00 – 15:00

Stourhead Lake - National Trust

Stourhead Lake – National Trust

Perhaps the most beautiful of the National Trust gardens, Stourhead offers an 18th-century English view of Arcadian paradise. More information.

London and Southeast

4. Mottisfont, Hampshire

Open daily, 10:00 – 16:00

More than 16,000 bulbs have been planted in Mottisfont in recent years to create delicate displays of this much-loved flower. Near the start of the river walk, you can enjoy snowy clusters on the border of a winding sawdust path and near the font. Check the website before traveling; the route is sometimes closed due to flooding. More information.

5. Nymans, West Sussex

Open daily, 10:00 – 16:00

This 20th century garden is famous for its magnificent collection of rare and important plants. At the start of spring, see wonderful displays of snowdrops followed by camellias and magnolias planted with an array of grape hyacinths. The bulbous meadow in the walled garden is full of snowdrops and early daffodils, and there are rare hellebores all over the garden. More information.

6. Stowe, Buckinghamshire

Open daily, 10:00 – 16:00

Oxford Bridge at Stowe - National Trust

Oxford Bridge at Stowe – National Trust

In Elysian Fields, Sleeping Wood, and Lamport Garden, the start of the year is ‘Stowedrop’, when the delicate lookout flowers turn into white drifts. More information.

east of england

7. Ickworth, Suffolk

The gardens are open daily from 10:00 to 16:30.

Snowdrops in Ickworth - National Trust

Snowdrops in Ickworth – National Trust

Take a cool winter walk in Ickworth to explore the snowdrop carpets along Lady Geraldine’s walkway, as well as The Albana Walk and Trim Trail. Beautiful white flowers are complemented by the golden glow of the scattered aconite. More information.

8. Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk

Open daily, 09:30 – 16:00

Feast your eyes on Oxburgh, a huge Hall surrounded by ditches surrounded by 70 acres of gardens and woodland. Guided walks are available during the February semester, or guests can wander the woodland independently and pick up carpets of snowdrops, aconite, and other spring flowers. More information.

9. Sheringham Park, Norfolk

Open every day, from dawn to dusk

Sheringham Park looks especially beautiful during the colder months when snowdrops brighten the dark days. Enjoy forest walks, some bird watching and stunning coastal scenery. More information.

Central Regions

10. Attingham Park, Shropshire

Open daily, 09:00 – 17:00

Snowdrops in Attingham Park - National Trust

Snowdrops in Attingham Park – National Trust

The park holds an annual snowdrop vigil, usually in mid-January, to find the first flower. Wander around this grand mansion and discover over 200 years of history, acres of parkland and a beautiful walled garden. More information.

11. Belton House, Lincolnshire

Open daily, 9.30am – 4pm

Snowdrops at Belton House - National Trust

Snowdrops at Belton House – National Trust

With its delightful gardens and lakeside walks, Belton is a pleasure to explore all year round, and exploring Belton until the first signs of spring slowly creep in, when it can boast an estimated 20,000 snowdrops throughout the Pleasure Gardens and around the Gothic ruin. More information.

12. Dudmaston Mansion, Shropshire

Comer Wood is open daily from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

Thanks to the support of visitors, members, and volunteers, the National Trust gardeners who care for Dudmaston have been busy planting more snowdrops over the past few years, so the exhibit just keeps getting better. More information.

13. Hill Close Gardens, Warwick

Open Tuesday – Saturday, 11:00 – 16:00

Snowdrops at Hill Close Gardens - Hill Close Gardens / Rich Eddy

Snowdrops at Hill Close Gardens – Hill Close Gardens / Rich Eddy

A rare example of a detached Victorian amusement garden, Hill Close Gardens is unrivaled for the sheer number of snowdrop varieties: it houses more than 130 different snowdrop species. Snowdrop Weekend, which is organized every year, will take place on February 4 and 5 this year with a guided walking route and light bulb sales. More information.

North

14. Dunham Massey, Cheshire

Open daily, 10:00 – 16:00

Snowdrops at Dunham Massey - National Trust

Snowdrops at Dunham Massey – National Trust

The seven-acre conservatory at Dunham Massey is the largest of its kind in the UK. More than 200,000 double and single snowdrops have been planted since it opened in 2009, and they now form a shimmering white carpet in February. While you’re there, look out for the blue winter irises and bright daffodils. More information.

15. Fountain Abbey and Studley Royal, Yorkshire

Open every day from 10:00 to 17:00 except Fridays in January

Snowdrops at Fountains Abbey - National Trust

Snowdrops at Fountains Abbey – National Trust

Picturesque monastery ruins look beautiful in February next to snowdrop carpets. This is a sight that dates back to the 19th century, when Earl de Gray planted hundreds on the banks of the river Skell to spell his name. More information.

16. Wallington, Northumberland

Woodland is open daily from 10:00 to 17:00

Snowdrops in Wallington - National Trust

Snowdrops in Wallington – National Trust

In the last few years, visiting families have planted more than 500,000 snowdrops in Wallington, and the Northumbrian ‘Sandersii’ group, which has sulfur yellow markings instead of green, and the beautiful ‘Flore Pleno’ have twice the number of petals on display. More information.

17. Acorn Bank, Cumbria

It is open for Snowdrop Weekends on January 28 and 29 and February 4 and 5 from 11:00 to 15:00.

Wander among the carpeted piles of snowdrops in the woods next to Crowdundle Beck. This tranquil spot is the ideal place for a refreshing walk on a cool spring day. More information.

Wales

18. Chirk Castle, Wrexham

The estate is open every day, from 10:00 to 17:00

Snowdrops at Chirk Castle - National Trust

Snowdrops at Chirk Castle – National Trust

Sparkles of snowdrops can be found scattered among clipped yew trees, shrubs, and rock gardens throughout the garden and drifting across the forest floor. To enjoy more stunning snowdrop displays, take a moment at Pleasure Ground Wood and warm up around the fire at Woodsman’s Hut. More information.

19. Bodnant Garden, Conwy

Open daily, 10:00 – 16:00

Bodnant Garden in bloom

Bodnant Garden in bloom

For several years now, National Trust gardeners, volunteers, and visitors have helped plant thousands of extra snowdrop bulbs here each year. A welcome addition to the already impressive fauna displays at the resort. More information.

North Ireland

20. Rowalane Garden, County Down

Open daily, 10:00 – 16:00

Celebrate the impending arrival of spring with a walk through beautiful white flowers in Rowalane, where 130,000 bulbs have been planted in 10 years. Then, warm up with a visit to the cafe. More information.

21. Castle Coole, Fermanagh County

The pitches are open daily from 10:00 to 17:00.

In late winter, Beech Walk in Castle Coole finds itself covered with a carpet of snowdrops. Enjoy the signs of spring not far away with a walk among the flowers and marvel at the views of the 18th-century mansion. More information.

22. Springhill, London Borough

The pitches are open daily from 11:00 to 17:00.

Snowdrops in Springhill - National Trust

Snowdrops in Springhill – National Trust

Over the past 15 years, Springhill’s gardeners and countless volunteers have worked hard to scatter these elegant white flowers across the grounds. Take a leisurely walk to admire their work and keep the kids entertained on the Natural Play Trail. More information.

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