Snowdrop Walks 2021

For me snowdrops are one of the first signs that spring is on it’s way, Galanthus Nivalis is one of the most common wild snowdrops, although there are currently 20 different species of wild snowdrops, over the years, over one thousand new varieties have been cultivated, with the snowdrops themselves sometimes creating them by cross-fertilisation.

Not only do they look beautiful, but snowdrops are one of the first flowering plant of the year, that provides early nectar for the bees, so if you are able to plant some of your own snowdrops, you will be helping the eco system that bees need to survive.

Snowdrops are among the first to raise their heads in the New Year and when it is warm they release a delicate fragrance. Look carefully at the snowdrops to see their green markings on the inside.

Did you know that soldiers were so enchanted by snowdrops that they brought them back from the Crimean War battlefields to plant in their own gardens?

They are a fairly easy plant to take care of and multiply as the years go by, meaning you may eventually have your own snowdrop walk in your back garden, but until then, here are some Snowdrops walks for you to visit throughout the UK.

There are usually many gardens taking part in Snowdrop Walks during February and March, but this year is a little different, for the latest updates and individual gardens that are open and taking part, check out the National Open Garden Scheme

With current lockdown rules, please only visit if they are in your local area.

Snowdrop Walks 2021

Snowdrop Walks Bedfordshire

Moggerhanger Park

The Garden Wood has lots of wildlife and beautiful flowers (snowdrops, bluebells etc). Still today you can enjoy the snowdrops (in February), originally planted by Humphry Repton in Garden Wood.

The walk is a circular route taking you through the wood, into the Orchard area where the Garden Room Cafe is and either back down the Walled Garden path or onto the Lawn at the rear of the house, ending back at the car park.

Address: Park Rd, Moggerhanger, Bedford MK44 3RW

Opening Times: 10.00-16.00.

Snowdrop Walks Berkshire

Basildon Park

A great place for a winter walk, with four marked-routes across the parkland, but Basildon Park becomes a fantastic snowdrop spotting location in the early months.

Address:  Lower Basildon, Reading, Berkshire, RG8 9NR

Opening Times: 10.00-16.00. In line with government guidance, outdoor spaces only at Basildon Park are open for local visitors to access for walks. You will need to book your visit in advance.

Snowdrop Walks Buckinghamshire

Cliveden National Trust

From the beginning of February to the end of March, follow the pearly white snowdrops around the estate on this walking trail. We’ll take you past the best spots, including The Long Garden, Blenheim Pavillion and The Water Garden. Pick up your free trail from the Information Centre.

Address: Cliveden Road, Taplow, Maidenhead, Buckinghamshire, SL1 8NS

Opening Times: 09.30- 16.30. In line with government guidance, outdoor spaces only at Cliveden are open for local visitors to access for walks. You will need to book your visit in advance.

Hughenden National Trust

Two miles north of High Wycombe, you will be welcomed with 680 acres, carpeted with winter and spring flowers.

Address: High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, HP14 4LA

Opening Times: 09.30-16.00. In line with government guidance, only the grounds are open for local visitors to access for walks. You will need to book your visit in advance.

Stowe National Trust

The return of the snowdrop walk in 2021, with special paths re-opened for this season to see one of the best hidden treasures of the garden at Stowe where the snowdrops blanket the banks as you walk from the Lamport Garden to the Gothic Temple. 

The route will re-open on 15 January 2021 when a walk map will be available to download to guide you around the garden.

Address: Buckingham, Buckinghamshire, MK18 5EQ

Opening Times: 10.00 – 16.00. In line with government guidance, outdoor spaces only at Stowe are open for local visitors to access for walks. You will need to book your visit in advance.

Waddesdon Manor

There are various places you can find snowdrops at waddeson manor, which include The Daffodil Valley, Between the Aviary, the Rose Garden and Tay Bridge, Baron’s Walk, Tulip Patch and Eythrope.

Address: Waddesdon, near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP18 0JH

Opening Times: From 6 Jan Waddesdon will open Wed-Sun 10am-4pm for daytime local outdoor exercise only. Advance booking essential.

Snowdrop Walks Cambridgeshire

Anglesey Abbey

Anglesey Abbey has one of the finest snowdrop collections in the country, with over 350 varieties of these delicate white flowers, many of which are rare.

Address: Quy Road, Lode, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB25 9EJ

Opening Times: Open All day. In line with government guidance, the gardens at Anglesey are open for local visitors to access for walks. You will need to book your visit in advance

Chippenham Park Gardens

Originally a great ‘Anglo-Dutch’ garden of canals, park, and formal gardens open during snowdrop season, which was later informalised in the 18th century and has been greatly extended by the present owner. Sweeping seasonal displays of daffodils and snowdrops.

Address: Chippenham Hall, Chippenham Park, Newmarket CB7 5PT

Opening Times: FEBRUARY SNOWDROPS – SATURDAY, 23RD JANUARY 2021-SUNDAY, 28TH FEBRUARY 2021 INCLUSIVE, 10AM–4PM * Please note payment on the gate and in the tearooms is cash only.

Following government guidelines, we aim to open for the dates provided to enable our loyal customers recreation and exercise whilst adhering to social distancing measures in place. Our tearooms will be running on a limited menu and providing takeaway only.

Wimpole Estate

At Wimpole snowdrops and aconites can be found throughout the Pleasure Grounds and will be looking their best in February. Why not brighten up a dull winter day with a walk to see them?

Address: Arrington, Royston, Cambridgeshire, SG8 0BW

Opening Times: Daily 09.30 – 16.00. In line with government guidance, outdoor spaces only at Wimpole Estate are open for local visitors to access for walks. You will need to book your visit in advance.

Snowdrop Walks Cheshire

Arley Hall Gardens

The garden is amongst one of the most beautiful in Britain and it is strongly recommended that you take the opportunity to walk the grounds and discover Snowdrops dotted around the woodland, the gardens have been generated within the last 250 years by the same family.

Address: Northwich, Cheshire, CW9 6NA

Opening Times: 10.00-16.00

Dunham Massey

The seven-acre winter garden at Dunham Massey is the largest of its kind in Britain. Since the garden opened in 2009, over 200,000 double and single snowdrops have been planted, which now create a shimmering carpet of white from late December to early February.

The garden contains almost 700 different plant species, including 20,000 narcissi that will also be in bloom in early spring.

Address: Altrincham, Greater Manchester, WA14 4SJ

Opening Times: 10:00 – 15:30. In line with government guidance, outdoor spaces only are open for local visitors to access for walks. You should book your visit in advance.

Quarry Bank National Trust

Wander beside the meandering river in the ornamental garden created by Robert Hyde Greg in the 1860s, and spot the snowdrops popping up in front of Quarry Bank House where the mill owners lived. You’ll find snowdrops in the orchard beside the Apprentice House too.

Address: Styal, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 4LA

Opening Times: 10.30-16.00. The car park, garden and toilets will reopen on Saturday 9th January. You will need to book your visit in advance.

Snowdrop Walks Cornwall

Cotehele National Trust

What parts of the garden are currently open?
There is a one-way route in some parts of the garden. The Valley Garden, Prospect Tower and Nelson’s Piece is currently closed.

Snowdrops in the Upper Garden
In winter, look out for the display of brilliantly coloured dogwoods taking center stage on the pond island. The white bed, behind the cut flower garden is also looking its best in the winter months, with heather, hellebore and snowflakes to delight.

Address: St Dominick, near Saltash, Cornwall, PL12 6TA

Opening Times: 10.00-16.00. In line with government guidance, Cotehele quay and estate is open for local visitors to access for walks. You will need to book your visit to the garden in advance Friday-Sunday

Glendurgan National Trust

The Valley garden will reopen in February and will show signs of early spring, with carpets of snowdrops.

Address: Mawnan Smith, near Falmouth, Cornwall, TR11 5JZ

Opening Times: 10.30-17.00, opens from 13th February.

Trelissick National Trust

The snowdrops will appear in the borders throughout February. A welcoming garden set in an estate with stunning maritime views and lovely woodland walks

Address: Feock, near Truro, Cornwall, TR3 6QL

Opening Times: 10.00-16.30. In line with government guidance, outdoor spaces only (parkland and garden) at Trelissick are open for local visitors to access for walks. You will need to book your visit in advance.

Trengwainton Gardens

When the exotic Cornish Garden opens to the public in February, you will find a great display of snowdrops as you wander through the historic garden.

Address: Madron, near Penzance, Cornwall, TR20 8RZ

Opening Times: 10.30-17.00 The Gardens will be open from 7th february 2021

Snowdrop Walks Cumbria

Sizergh National Trust

Discover a winter walk filled with scent and colour at Sizergh, alongside the magnificent stumpery garden, the home of evergreen ferns and spring flowering bulbs. Head to The Knoll in the woodland garden for the first glimmers of spring from delicate winter aconites and snowdrops to colourful bluebells and wood anenomes.

Address: Sizergh, near Kendal, Cumbria, LA8 8DZ

Opening Times: 09.00-18.00. In line with government guidance, only outdoor spaces at Sizergh are open for local visitors to access for walks. You must book your visit in advance. Takeaway available from our café. We are closed on 11 January 2021 due to a scheduled power cut.

Snowdrop Walks Derbyshire

Calke Abbey National Trust

At Calke Abbey, Derbyshire, you can enjoy woodland and wild flowers throughout the gardens and estate.

Address: Ticknall, Derby, Derbyshire, DE73 7JF

Opening Times: 09:30 – 16:00. In line with government guidance, outdoor spaces only at Calke Abbey are open for local visitors to access for walks. You will need to book your visit in advance.

Hardwick National Trust

Most of Hardwick’s snowdrops are clustered in the east and west corners of the South Court. Under the bows of the yews and lime the snowdrops appear to almost glow. Following on from the flowering cyclamen and before the deep purple crocus, the display of snowdrops is a special time of year.

Address: Doe Lea, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S44 5QJ

Opening Times: 09:30 – 15:30. In line with government guidance, outdoor spaces only are open for local visitors to access for walks. Book your visit in advance. The gardens, parkland and toilets are open. The trailer is open for take-away refreshments. Hall and shop are closed.

Snowdrop Walks Devon

Greenway National Trust

The Spring Garden at greenway will be full of Snowdrops amd Camellias when it reopens in February.

Address: Greenway Road, Galmpton, near Brixham, Devon, TQ5 0ES

Opening Times: 10.30-17.00. Greenway opens again on 13th February 2021

Killerton National Trust

1. Killerton garden
Snowdrops and daffodils add a splash of spring colour to the historic landscaped garden. It’s accessible for everyone and is the best place to see an exciting range of spring flowers. Magnolias come out early, brightening the trees near the Dairy cafe.

2. Dane’s Wood
Named after the Danish raids of the tenth century, this woodland is a great place to see snowdrops and bluebells. Dane’s Wood is a perfect place for a gentle dog walk is a short drive or ten minute stroll from Killerton house.

3. Ashclyst Forest
Famous for its butterflies, Ashclyst forest is one of the largest woods in east Devon. In spring you can find yourself alone on the footpaths, enjoying the display of snowdrops, bluebells and woodland flowers.

Address: Broadclyst, Exeter, Devon, EX5 3LE

Opening Times: 10.00-16.00. In line with government guidance, only outdoor spaces and toilets at Killerton are open for local visitors to access for walks. You will need to book your visit in advance

Coleton Fishacre

A walk down the centre of Coleton Fishacre gardens, leads you to a bank of snowdrops blowing in the sea breeze. Enjoy the views of the snowdrops on one side and the sea on the other.

Address: Brownstone Road, Kingswear, Devon, TQ6 0EQ

Opening Times: 10.30-17.00. Coleton Fishacre reopens on 13th February 2021.

Knightshayes

The Garden in The Wood is a great place to see dainty snowdrop[s and Camellias.

Address: Bolham, Tiverton, Devon, EX16 7RG

Opening Times: 07.00 – 17.00. In line with government guidance, the parkland and woodland only at Knightshayes are open for local visitors to access for walks. The toilets by the house are also open. You will need to book your visit in advance.

Snowdrop Walks Dorset

Kingston Lacy

The best time to see the snowdrops at Kingston Lacy is from late January to the end of February. The Victorian fernery is a good place to start where, nestled between the sleeping tree ferns, snowdrops carpet the beds around the twisty paths. With fun names like ‘Ding Dong’ and ‘Heffalump’ the Fernery is home to over 35 different varieties.

Address: Wimborne Minster, Dorset, BH21 4EA

Opening Times: 10.00-16.00. In line with government guidance, outdoor spaces, toilets and takeaway café only at Kingston Lacy are open for local visitors to access for walks. You will need to book your visit in advance. Kitchen Garden closed.

For more places to see Snowdrops in Dorset, check out Exploring Dorset Where To See Snowdrops in Dorset

Snowdrop Walks Essex

Audley End House and Gardens

Audley End is a glorious Jacobean stately home owned by English Heritage.

The walled kitchen garden at Audley End House and Garden is based on Victorian times with produce used by the household.
But what makes this garden unique is that it is cultivated organically, the produce ending up in the organic shop for visitors to buy, rather than on the banqueting table.

From around mid January to mid March there are great displays of snowdrops.

Address: Off London Road, Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11 4JF

Opening Times: 10.00-14.00, Booking is required.

Easton Lodge

Easton Lodge in Great Dunmow has an intriguing history and dramatic renovations of the ‘forgotten gardens’ means that visiting is truly a treat. There is an atmospheric Italian garden that attracts lots of wildlife as well as a 1.9 acre walled garden. The Gardens are renowned for their snowdrops in February.

Address: Little Easton, Dunmow, CM6 2BD

Opening Times: The Trust hopes to open its gates on Sunday 14 February and Sunday 21 February and additionally for Snowdrop Thursdays on 18 and 25 February, if the covid rules allow. Please check the website for details and ticketing arrangements in due course.

Hatfield Forest

One of Britain’s finest remaining examples of Royal Hunting Forest, this National Trust woodland near Stansted Airport has been influenced by centuries of human intervention.

As well as the patches of snowdrops you’ll encounter during January and February, you’ll have the opportunity to see many of the 3,500 species of wildlife that call the woodland home and ancient trees that are over 1000 years old.

Address: Bush End Road, Takeley, Bishop’s Stortford, Essex, CM22 6NE

Opening Times: 09.00-15.30. In line with government guidance, Hatfield Forest is open for local visitors to access for walks. You will need to book your parking in advance. 

Snowdrop Walks Gloucestershire

Batsford Arboretum

Snowdrops can be seen from around 20th January

Address: Batsford, Moreton-in-Marsh GL56 9AT

Opening Times: The arboretum is open daily from 10am-3pm for LOCAL exercise. Please visit with members of your household/support bubble or with one other person only. Pre-booking is essential for non-members of Batsford.

Cerney House Gardens

In February and early March there are masses of snowdrops in the gardens, with a small woodland trail.

Address: Cerney House North Cerney Cirencester GL7 7BX

Opening Times: 10.00-17.00. The tea-room is open as a take-away service. Toilet facilities are open as usual

Colesbourne Park

In 1874 Henry Elwes had discovered Galanthus elwesiis whilst travelling in western Turkey and he became one of the prominent galanthophiles of his day.

It is clear that he planted widely, as the Colesbourne Park garden today contains large populations of snowdrops, many of them hybrids, descended from those plantings.

New cultivars have been added to the collection each year, with the collection now totalling some 350 cultivars.
One of the best snowdrop displays to visit in England

Address: Colesbourne, Nr. Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL53 9NP

Opening Times: Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th Feb/ Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th Feb inclusive/ Thursday 18th to Sunday 21st Feb inclusive. 1pm-4.30pm

Dyrham Park National Trust

Dyrham’s snowdrops sometimes crop up as early as Christmas and New Year and, by January, can be admired in front of the 17th-century house, in the terraces and in the garden.

Dyrham is home to more than half a dozen types of – snowdrop, all of which occur naturally – although they are helped along with annual snowdrop dividing sessions carried out by the garden team to encourage growth the following year.

Address: Dyrham, near Bath, South Gloucestershire, SN14 8HY

Opening Times: 10.00-16.00. In line with government guidance, the outdoor spaces only at Dyrham Park are open for local visitors to access for walks. You will need to book your visit in advance.

Newark Park

Newark Park reopens in February, just in time for snowdrop season. Bring your walking boots and enjoy a winter’s walk amongst carpets of snowdrops in the garden and the estate.

Address: Newark Park, Ozleworth, Wotton-under-Edge, Gloucestershire, GL12 7PZ

Opening Times: Newark Park is currently closed for the winter, it will reopen in February 2021

Painswick Rococo Garden

Over five million snowdrops carpet the wooded areas of the Garden.  No one knows how they got here, but their number and natural beauty makes them one of Gloucestershire’s must-see events.  

There are 15 varieties in total in the Garden, with the most famous being Galanthus “Atkinsii”, a particularly tall and handsome snowdrop.  This was discovered int he garden in the 1800s by James Atkins, who lived in an estate cottage.

The main collection of snowdrops is in the Snowdrop Grove, with more modern varieties above the maze.

Address: Painswick Gloucestershire GL6 6TH

Opening Times: Currently closed until Jan 16. * Opening days and times are subject to change due to the coronavirus outbreak.   Please visit the News pages for the latest updates. Prebooking is essential, click here for more information.

Rodmarton Manor and Gardens

With an eight acre stretch of picturesque gardens to explore, interspersed with stunning Cotswold stone, during the spring you’ll find over 150 variations of snowdrops – some with markings, some rare, and even yellow and green markings.

Address: Rodmarton Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 6PF

Opening Times: Planning to Open for snowdrops on 7,14,18, and 21 Feb 2021.

Snowdrop Walks Hampshire

Hinton Ampner

Hinton’s previous owner, Ralph Dutton, designed the East Lawn of the garden around the tiny parish church in the grounds. He knew that, even in colder months, the congregation was likely to gather on the grass after the Sunday service.

So he planted the lawn with fragrant winter flowers such as daphnes, which have a zingy lime scent and tiny pink flowers. Spot snowdrops throughout the season.

Address: Hinton Ampner, near Alresford, Hampshire, SO24 0LA

Opening Times: 10.00-16.00. In line with government guidance, outdoor spaces only at Hinton Ampner are open for local visitors to access for walks. You will need to book your visit in advance.

Mottisfont National Trust

Snowy clusters of snowdrops emerge in Mottisfont’s gardens from January, nestled beside the font stream, at the beginning of the river walk.

A woodchip path winds through the bulbs, to give everyone maximum enjoyment of this beautiful winter scene. The plants self-seed and colonise, extending the display every year.

Address: near Romsey, Hampshire, SO51 0LP

Opening Times: 10.00 – 16.00. In line with government guidance, outdoor spaces only at Mottisfont are open for local visitors to access for walks. You will need to book your visit in advance.

The Vyne National Trust

One of the first sights to meet visitors  when viting The Vynein early spring is a ribbon of pearly white colour from the snowdrop trails that wind their way from the estate’s car park to the Walled Garden. Further displays can be found in the Wild Garden.

Address: Vyne Road, Sherborne St John, Basingstoke, Hampshire, RG24 9HL

Opening Times: 10.00-16.00. In line with government guidance, outdoor spaces only at The Vyne are open for local visitors to access for walks. You will need to book your visit in advance.

Snowdrop Walks Herefordshire

Ivycroft Garden

A maturing rural garden with areas of meadow, wood and orchard, blending with countryside and providing habitat for wildlife. Perfect at this time of year for snowdrops.

Address: Ivington Green, Leominster, Herefordshire HR6 0JN

Opening Times: The intention is to open 1000-1600hrs on: Thurs from the last in January through February to the first in March inclusive. Also on Sat 1st May, Sun 2nd May, Mon 3rd May, Sat 4th Sept & Sun 5th Sept, but appointment at other times is possible, please do get in touch.

No doubt circumstances can change, so please do check the website for the latest situation or just phone.

Snowdrop Walks Hertfordshire

Benington Lordship

The gardens are opened every year in February when they are carpeted in a spectacular display of naturalised snowdrops around the remains of the Norman keep and surrounding moat.

Two main species of snowdrop make up the spectacular display: the single common snowdrop Galanthus nivalis; and double Galanthus nivalis ‘flore pleno.’

The snowdrop walk, which runs along the wall at the top of the moat, was planted in the early twentieth century by the present owner’s family. Opening the gardens at snowdrop time became an annual tradition which has continued to the present day.

Address: Benington Lordship, Nr Stevenage, SG2 7BS

Opening Times: 11.00- 16.00.

Snowdrop Walks Kent

Chartwell National Trust

The garden at Chartwell is a feast for the eyes year-round. In the colder months, admire the winter border, wander the orchard and circle the lakes. Depending on the season, snowdrops may peak through from late February.

Address: Mapleton Road, Westerham, Kent, TN16 1PS

Opening Times: 10.00 – 16.00. In line with government guidance, outdoor spaces only at Chartwell are open for local visitors to access for walks. You will need to book your visit in advance. Café open for takeaway refreshments.

Sissinghurst Castle Garden

The colder season is also perfect for a quiet walk around the wider frosty estate. Time for woodland wanders with the sun shining through bare trees. Keep an eye out for clumps of snowdrops dotted around the woodland floor and garden.

Address: Biddenden Road, near Cranbrook, Kent, TN17 2AB

Opening Times: 11.00-15.00. In line with government guidance, our outdoor spaces are only open for local visitors to access for walks. You will need to book your visit in advance to guarantee admission. The Granary restaurant is open (takeaway only), the shop is closed.

Snowdrop Walk Lancashire

Lytham Hall

Snowdrop Season – Every weekend throughout February

Take the snowdrop trail through the parkland and marvel at the vast displays of snowdrops

Address: Lytham Hall, Ballam Road, Lytham, FY8 4JX

Opening Times: 10am -16.30pm.

CURRENTLY CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC, PLEASE CHECK BACK WHEN RESTRICTIONS ARE LIFTED.

Gorse Hill Nature Reserve

Snowdrop February

We are unable to run our normal Snowdrop Sunday event this year but you can still see our wonderful display of snowdrops in Cabin Wood on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

Address: Holly Lane, Aughton, Ormskirk, L39 7HB.

Opening Times: We are continuing to open during Lockdown on Wednesdays and Saturdays 9.30 a.m. to 4 p.m. so that visitors can enjoy walking around Cabin Wood and the adjacent meadow as part of their allowed daily exercise.

Obviously there are restrictions due to Covid 19 and our priority is to keep our visitors and our volunteers safe.

There is a notice displayed explaining the restrictions which include no access to the Cabin, toilets or bird hide. There is a one way system in operation around the woodland and the meadow.

All gates will be left open to avoid unnecessary contact. We request that social distancing of 2 metres be observed at all times.

Please make sure you read the information notice when you arrive

Bank Hall Bretherton

Snowdrop Sundays

Experience one of the finest carpets in the country cultivated by the Bank Hall Action Group. Use the #bankhallbretherton and #SnowdropSunday hashtags

Address: Bank Hall Drive, Liverpool Road Bretherton PR26 9AT 

Opening Times: Due to the level of increase in Covid cases and the tighter National restrictions, we have had no alternative but to cease preparations for the Snowdrop Season.

Should there be an opportunity of opening at all in February, we will advise through our Public Facebook page and our Website and also directly to our email contacts.

However, it is looking increasingly unlikely. You should be aware that if we do open, visits will be on a booking only basis and we will not be catering.

CURRENTLY CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC, PLEASE CHECK BACK WHEN RESTRICTIONS ARE LIFTED.

Pleasington Old Hall Wood and Wildlife Garden

This narrow strip of mixed woodland may be small, but it certainly doesn’t lack in nature. Snowdrops can be seen in winter before making way for bluebells and a locally rare plant called touch-me-not balsam, which can be seen in just one other location in Lancashire.

Nuthatches, garden warblers, willow warblers and thrushes are just a handful of the birds that can be seen.

Address: Old Hall Lane, Pleasington, Blackburn Lancashire BB2 6RJ

Opening Times: Always open

Snowdrop Walks Leicestershire

Dimminsdale

This reserve is well known for the spectacular display of snowdrops that appear in late winter and early spring. A visit to this special site is a must to enjoy the carpet of white that appears, giving hope that warmer times are on the way and spring is just around the corner.

Address: Staunton Harold hall, Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire LE65 1RT

Opening Times: Open All the Time

Snowdrop Walks Lincolnshire

Belton House National Trust

Belton is home to a number of species of snowdrop including Galanthus Nivalis, the common snowdrop and Flore Pleno, the double snowdrop. Each year the estate presents an overlay of over 20,000 snowdrops in drifts throughout the Pleasure Gardens and around the Gothic ruin

Address: Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG32 2LS (SatNav: NG32 2LW)

Opening Times : 10:00 – 16:00. In line with government guidance, the gardens, parkland and playground (Fri to Sun) at Belton are open for local visitors to access for walks. You will need to book your visit in advance.

Gunby National Trust

Snowdrops at Gunby are mostly the common snowdrop, Galanthus nivalis and the double form Flore Pleno. These snowdrops are often thought to be native to Britain, but actually come from southern Europe. They can be found at many locations around the gardens and grounds, as they are strong survivors that readily take in their stride any changes in a garden.

This survival instinct also means that there can sometimes be surprise unrecorded variations in a garden where snowdrops have been grown long-term. Look out too for the relatively recent addition, during Gunby’s tenanted times, of the green leaf snowdrop Galanthus ikariae.

There are no guided snowdrop walks this year, but we welcome you to go on a self-led snowdrop walk in the gardens and grounds. The gardens are open daily from 13 February.

It’s great if you pre-book your visit, but you can also arrive without tickets. Just bring your National Trust member passes. Non-members can pay the admission fee by card on arrival in the car park. Dogs on leads are welcome too.

Address: Gunby, Spilsby, Lincolnshire, PE23 5SS

Opening Times: In line with government guidance, outdoor spaces only are open at Gunby from Wednesday to Sunday (10am to 3pm) for local visitors to access for walks. You will need to book your visit in advance.

Brightwater Gardens

Over the past 16 years, 170,000 snowdrops, 45,000 crocus, winter irises, and a selection of other bulbs have been planted to create a ¼ mile winter walk leading through the garden and woodland.

There are banks of willows, dogwoods and winter flowering shrubs, a grove of gleaming white Himalayan birch and pleached red-twigged limes to delight the visitor.

Address: Saxby, Market Rasen LN8 2DQ

Opening Times: Plan to open on 12th February for Snowdrop fortnight

Snowdrop Walks London

Chelsea Psychic Garden

London’s oldest botanic garden has a mighty fine collection of snowdrops, which it shows off at its official Spring opening each year. If you missed the ‘Snowdrop Days’ event last month, don’t worry. You can still see the little white flowers by taking a walk through the half-acre grounds, which are home to more than 150 species of plants

The Garden will be open for our usual trail of snowdrops and other early spring blooms but if you can’t visit us safely we will also have some opportunities to connect with us digitally.

Address: 66 Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London SW3 4HS

Opening Times:  The Garden will be open Monday – Friday & Sundays from 10am – 3pm with last entry at 2.30 pm. Entry will be via booked tickets only.

Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park

In an old nineteenth-century cemetery, this park is the only woodland in Tower Hamlets and right now it’s about to be filled with torrents of snowdrops.

These include common varieties and some rarer blooms such as the giant snowdrop and the green snowdrop as well as different kinds of snowflake flowers. Seeing these pure petals pop up between the gravestones is a sight to behold.

Address: Southern Grove, London E3 4PX

Opening Times: Open 24 hours

Kew Gardens

There are a whopping 300 acres to explore at London’s famous botanic gardens. But, if it’s snowdrops you’re after be sure to make a beeline for the Rock Garden and the futuristic-looking Davies Alpine House where you’ll find the precious white flowers.

Address: 10am–4.15pm (last entry 3.15pm)

Opening Times: Kew, Richmond, London, TW9 3AE

Snowdrop Walks Merseyside

Croxteth Country Park, Liverpool

Beautiful swathes of snowdrops lie all around the 500 acres of parkland that make up Croxteth Country Park. And if that wasn’t enough, as spring approaches they will soon be followed by thousands of bluebells and fragrant expanses of wild garlic.

Address: Croxteth Hall and Country Park, Off Muirhead Avenue East, Liverpool, Merseyside, L11 1EH

Opening Times: 7am – 18.00pm

Otterspool Woodland, Liverpool

Snowdrops aren’t the only draw in this 13-hectare woodland – visit well into spring and you’ll also be treated to daffodils and bluebells growing along the accessible trails. It is the perfect spot for a family stroll or even a leisurely bike ride.

Address: Otterspool Dr, Liverpool L17 5AL

Opening Times: Open All Day

St James Gardens

These sunken, secluded cemetery gardens are a little oasis of peace alongside Liverpool’s magnificent Anglican Cathedral. Grade I listed by English Heritage, the garden is an ideal place to relax and take in the beauty of the historical architecture which surrounds it, the perfect place to watch spring unfold with the snowdrops.

Address: Cathedral Gate, Upper Duke St, Hope St, Upper Parliament St, St James Rd, Liverpool L1 7AZ

Opening Times: Open all year round, 24 hours a day.

Speke Hall Garden and Estate

A green oasis with a rare Tudor house at its heart, surrounded by beautiful gardens, woodland and glorious views over the River Mersey.

Address: The Walk, Speke, Liverpool, L24 1XD

Opening Times: In line with government guidance, outdoor spaces only at Speke Hall are open for local visitors to access for walks. You will need to book your visit in advance.

Snowdrop Walks Norfolk

Oxburgh Hall

White snowdrops and bright yellow aconites create quite the display at Oxburgh Hall during the winter. Venture into the Wilderness, My Lady’s Wood and along the north terrace, where thousands of these delicate flowers begin to emerge, all of which have been naturally seeded, rather than designed.

Address: Oxborough, near Swaffham, Norfolk, PE33 9PS

Opening Times: Daily 09.30 – 16.00. In line with government guidance, outdoor spaces only at Oxburgh Hall are open for local visitors to access for walks. You will need to book your visit in advance. The Pantry Café remains open for takeaways.

Sheringham Park

Stunning snowdrop displays are visible on this estate. The Upcher family left their estate to the National Trust, so it’s fitting that Galanthus plicatus ‘Upcher’ features throughout the Park, among other varieties.

Address: Upper Sheringham, Norfolk, NR26 8TL

Opening Times: Daily 09.30 – 16.00. In line with government guidance, our countryside space is open for local visitors to access for walks. We ask all visitors to follow guidance on social distancing to keep everyone safe. You will need to book if visiting at a weekend.

Walsingham Abbey

Carpets of snowdrops mingled with aconites have naturalised throughout our 18 acres of grounds and woodland, and along the banks of the River Stiffkey which runs through the Abbey Grounds.

Our Snowdrop Walks usually open in late January, and remain open until early March when the flowers fade.

Address: The Shirehall Museum, Common Place, Walsingham, Norfolk NR22 6BP

Opening Times: CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO LOCKDOWN, CHECK BACK WHEN RESTRICTIONS ARE LIFTED

Snowdrop Walks Northamptonshire

Coton Manor Garden

Depending on the season the end of January usually heralds the start of the snowdrop season, coinciding with the flowering of hellebores and crocus.  All these flowers stand up gallantly to snow and icy conditions which frequently occur at this time of year.

Address: Guilsborough, Northampton NN6 8RQ

Opening Times: Planning to open in February, check the website for latest info.

Evenley Wood Garden

Visit Evenley Wood Garden from the 1st February – 28th February for Snowdrop Days 10am – 4pm

With over 80 varieties of magnificent snowdrops planted in swathes throughout this beautiful 60-acre woodland haven, it’s sure to be the perfect place to come and escape this winter.

Among them are Galanthus ‘Evenley Double’, a special snowdrop which was developed and propagated on site, and other notable varieties such as ‘Hill Poe’ and ‘Lady Beatrix Stanley’.

Spot them as you follow our many paths and rides, weave your way through the tall trees, and take a stroll along the bank of our peaceful stream. You might even spot the roaming guinea fowl!

The café will also be open from Tuesday to Sunday 10am – 4:00pm

Address: Evenley Wood Garden Evenley Northamptonshire NN13 5SH

Snowdrop Walks Northumberland

Howick Hall Gardens

Visit the stunning Snowdrop Festival during February and enjoy winter woodland walks through carpets of Snowdrops. The Gardens and Tea Room will be open Wed – Sun 10.30am – 4pm.

There is a large collection of snowdrops mainly planted between the wars by Lady Grey, who was a great bulb enthusiast; over time, a number of natural hybrid’s have evolved and multiplied.

Every now and then boffins descend on us and give them cultivar names on what to a layman might appear to be tiny differences. They are planted in large drifts throughout the garden, often with winter aconites, and make a fine display telling us all that spring is not far away.

Address: Alnwick Northumberland England NE66 3LB

Opening Times: 6th February to 31st March OPEN DAILY 10.30am – 4pm

Wallington National Trust

Look out for drifts of delicate white snowdrops blooming in the woodland around Wallington – there are hundreds of thousands to spot, including some unusual varieties

Address: Cambo, near Morpeth, Northumberland, NE61 4AR

Opening Times: 10:00 – 16:00. In line with government guidance, outdoor spaces only at Wallington are open for local visitors to access for walks.

You will need to book your visit in advance. The Walled Garden, woodlands and cafe (for takeaways only) are open. The play areas, shop, house and cycle hire are all closed.

Snowdrop Walks Shropshire

Attingham Park National Trust

From New Year onwards the team at Attingham are keeping an eye out for the first of the snowdrops. Usually, beginning to make an appearance from early January (dependent upon weather conditions) these delicate green and white flowers transform the floor of the woodland in February.

Wrap up warm as the new year arrives and take a refreshing stroll around Attingham to spot the snowdrops.

Snowdrops are traditionally seen as a symbol of hope at the end of the winter and with the wet and mild winter we’ve had so far this year they are likely to start ‘springing up’ in January.

Address: Atcham, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY4 4TP

Opening Times: 08:00 – 17:00. In line with government guidance, outdoor spaces only at Attingham are open for local visitors to access for walks. You’ll need to book your visit in advance online or by calling 03442 491895.

Dudmaston National Trust

Depending on weather conditions, these dainty looking but hardy flowers usually make their first appearence from mid-January onwards. During February, snowdrops blanket the woodland floor to remind us that winter is almost at an end and spring will soon be upon us.

In line with government guidance, our countryside space is open for local visitors to access for walks. We ask all visitors to follow guidance on social distancing to keep everyone safe.

Address: Quatt, near Bridgnorth, Shropshire, WV15 6QN

Opening Times: In line with government guidance, our countryside space is open for local visitors to access for walks. We ask all visitors to follow guidance on social distancing to keep everyone safe.

Comer Wood car park 08:00 – 16:00 Shepherds Hut Café, Comer Woods10:30 – 15:00
Old Sawmill car park Dawn to dusk Hampton Loade car park 08:00 – 18:00

Snowdrop Walks Somerset

Prior Park Landscape Garden

Winter in Prior Park is the perfect place to reflect on the year gone by, surrounded by the sights of winter and the start of spring, which includes swathes of snowdrops.

Address: Ralph Allen Drive, Bath, Somerset, BA2 5AH

Opening Times: In line with government guidance, Prior Park is open weekends only for local visitors to access for walks. You must book in advance. If you do not book we cannot guarantee admission. There is no parking facility at this property.

Dunster Castle and Watermill

Dunster castle is the perfect place to see snowdrops, with 28 acres of parkland, wooded riverside and terraced garden.

Address: Dunster, near Minehead, Somerset, TA24 6RL

Opening Times: 10.00-16.00. In line with government guidance, outdoor spaces only at Dunster Castle are open for local visitors to access for walks. You will need to book your visit in advance.

Snowdrop Walks Suffolk

Ickworth National Trust

Follow the path along Lady Geraldine’s Walk and wind your way around Albana Walk, where snowdrops are complemented by the golden glow of aconites. If it is carpets of white you are looking for, this is the place to visit.

Address: The Rotunda, Horringer, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP29 5QE

Opening Times: Daily 10.00- 16.00. In line with government guidance, outdoor spaces only at Ickworth are open for local visitors to access walks. You will need to book your visit in advance.

Snowdrop Walks Surrey

Ham House and Gardens

Take a stroll through The Wilderness: not as bleak as it sounds, this is the Stuart house’s woodland garden and it’s filled with layered snowdrops, winter aconites and early narcissi at this time of year.

Address: Ham Street, Ham, Richmond, Surrey, TW10 7RS

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Polesden Lacey National Trust

In the garden at Polesden Lacey you’ll find beautiful snowdrops all across the garden from January through to March. The two key areas to head for are the Winter Garden and Lime Walk.

Address: Great Bookham, near Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6BD

Opening Times : 10.00-16.00. In line with government guidance, outdoor spaces only at Polesden Lacey are open for local visitors to access for walks. You will need to book your visit in advance.

Winkworth Arboretum

Winkworth Arboretum in Surrey is the perfect place to enjoy peaceful seasonal beauty. Thousands of snowdrops pop up in clusters from early February.

The best displays can be found outside the tea-room, where you can see a lawn of common snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis), and along the Upper Arboretum and Spring Walk

Address: Hascombe Road, Godalming, Surrey, GU8 4AD

Opening Times: 10.00-16.00. In line with government guidance, Winkworth is open for local visitors to access for walks. You will need to book your visit in advance.

Snowdrop Walks

Snowdrop Walks Sussex

Batemans National Trust

The structure of the clipped yew hedges and avenue of pleached limes look crisp and angular with a frosty layer topping them. Bursts of colour can be found in the borders with Hellebores stealing the show.

Evergreen shrubs continue to keep the garden looking green and fresh even through the darker winter months. Look out for clumps of snowdrops as you stroll around.

Address: Bateman’s Lane, Burwash, East Sussex, TN19 7DS

Opening Times: 10.00-16.00. In line with government guidance, outdoor spaces only at Bateman’s are open for local visitors to access for walks. You will need to book your visit in advance.

Nymans National Trust

During wintertime the garden is at rest, but not asleep. Spot snowdrops in the top garden and delicate witch-hazels in the walled garden while buds burst into bloom as winter gives way to early spring.

Address: Handcross, near Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 6EB

Opening Times: 10.00-16.00. In line with government guidance, outdoor spaces only at Nymans are open for local visitors to access for walks. You will need to book your visit in advance.  

Petworth National Trust

For the first glimpse of spring visit Petworth and see swathes of snowdrops that carpet the Pleasure Grounds – a welcome sign of warmer days to come.

Address: Petworth House and Park, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 9LR

Opening Times: 08.00 – 18.00. In line with government guidance, Petworth Park is open for local visitors to access for walks. We ask all visitors to follow guidance on social distancing. If the car park is full please return another time – please do not park on the verges.

Snowdrop Walks Warwickshire

Baddesley Clinton

From January to May the churchyard at Baddesley has many beautiful flowers; first snowdrops, then daffodils and then bluebells. Flowering snowdrops are traditionally seen to herald the end of winter and there is a wonderful display at Baddesley.

Address: Rising Lane, Baddesley Clinton, Warwickshire, B93 0DQ

Opening Times: 09.00 – 18.00. In line with government guidance, outdoor spaces only at Baddesley are open for local visitors to access for walks. You will need to book your visit in advance.

Snowdrop Walks Wiltshire

Lacock Abbey, Fox Talbot Museum and Village

Invigorated by the appearance of snowdrops, crocuses and the sounds of birds singing in the crisp air, head out into the grounds and village for some early spring walks.

Address: Lacock, near Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN15 2LG

Opening Times: In line with government guidance, the abbey grounds at Lacock are open for local visitors only, 11am-2pm. Tickets are limited and must be booked in advance. Please respect the village residents and restrict your visit to the abbey grounds only.

Stourhead

Carpets of brilliant white snowdrops surround the lake in this world-famous garden from February. With winding paths to follow and surprises round every corner, early spring is the perfect time to visit.

Address: near Mere, Wiltshire, BA12 6QD

Opening Times: 10.00-14.30. In line with government guidance, outdoor spaces only at Stourhead are open for local visitors to access for walks. You will need to book your visit in advance.

Snowdrop Walks Worcestershire

Croome National Trust

There’s a wonderful show of snowdrops in the Church Shrubbery in the first few months of the year and you can see Galanthus nivalis which were mentioned in the 1824 guidebook, the Hortus Croomensis.

Over a two year period in 2009 and 2010 they planted 10,500 snowdrops in the Church Shrubbery.

Address: near High Green, Worcester, Worcestershire, WR8 9DW

Opening Times : 10:00 – 16:30. In line with government guidance, outdoor spaces only at Croome are open for local visitors to access for walks. You will need to book your visit in advance

Snowdrop Walk

Snowdrop Walks Yorkshire

Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens

There are over 300,000 spring bulbs planted along the south ha-ha. As winter turns to spring this beautiful spot just beyond the walled garden boasts first a white carpet of snowdrops, followed by Daffodils.

Address: Beningbrough, York, North Yorkshire, YO30 1DD

Opening Times: 10.00-14.30. The gardens, restaurant for takeaway drinks, play area, toilets, car park and parkland at Beningbrough are open for the local community to exercise in

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal Water Garden

This World Heritage Site is a paradise for outdoor and nature lovers. Snowdrop displays are a legacy left by Earl de Grey who planted the flowers along the banks of the River Skell when he owned the estate during the 19th century.

There are miles of footpaths and trails to explore and whichever walking route you choose, you’ll find beautiful views. Early spring is the perfect time to explore this amazing place and the surrounding countryside.

Address: Fountains, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY

Opening Times: 06:00 – 18:00. The abbey, water gardens & deer park remain open for our local community to exercise. Toilets are open. Please book a ticket to visit.

Nostell National Trust

The Pleasure Grounds at Nostell come to life in spring with snowdrops popping up in the landscape. Follow the circular path through the woodland of sweet chestnuts and oaks, making your way towards the Lower Lake and Boat House.

As you make your way back up to the Middle Lake, look out for the cascade flowing over the stone Druid’s Bridge

Address: Doncaster Road, Nostell, near Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF4 1QE

Opening Times: 09.30- 17.00. In line with government guidance, outdoor spaces only are open at Nostell for local visitors to access for walks. You will need to book your visit in advance.

Ormesby Hall National Trust

Just over two years ago, 8,000 bulbs were planted in the garden at Ormesby Hall. They’ll emerge as winter moves into spring so look out for the white sheen of 2,000 snowdrops

Address: Church Lane, Ormesby, near Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland, TS7 9AS

Opening Times : Parkland Open All day. Ormesby Hall and garden are now closed for winter. In line with government guidance, our parkland space is open for local visitors to access for walks. We ask all visitors to follow guidance on social distancing to keep everyone safe.

Brodsworth Hall

Great displays of snowdrops can be found at Brodsworth Hall.

Address: Brodsworth, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, follow brown signs

Opening Times: Brodsworth is open Saturday – Sunday 10am – 4pm.

Burton Agnes Hall Gardens

Snowdrops can usually be seen from the end of January, throughout February.

Address: Rudston Rd, Burton Agnes, Driffield YO25 4NB

Opening Times: From Saturday 30th January until Sunday 28th February the gardens, woodland, and adventure playground are open daily from 11am until 4pm for the snowdrops in the woodland.

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Have you spotted any snowdrops that are not listed, feel free to tell us in the comments and we can add them in.

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