22 of the best places to see snowdrops in Britain

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The first snowdrops of the season have already been spotted in parts of the UK. Spring has sprung!

Here, the National Trust give us its top spots for finding snowdrops around the UK – in magnificent gardens, tucked-away forests, and the grounds of spectacular stately homes. 

South West

1. Kingston Lacy, Dorset

Open daily, 10am - 4pm; guided snowdrop walks on Feb 12 and 26

Snowdrops at Kingston Lacy Credit: alamy

Special snowdrop walks have long been a tradition here, so you can wander through the displays and salute this first sign of spring. Keep an eye out for the estate’s fine herd of Red Ruby Devon cattle and explore the Japanese Garden too. More information

2. Newark Park, Gloucestershire                   

Open daily, 10am - 4pm

Newark Park Credit: national trust

At Newark Park there are snowdrop drifts throughout the garden and they mingle with aconites and cyclamen to give an impressive show. Afterwards, warm up with tea and cake in front of the fire in the Tudor sitting room. More information.

3. Stourhead, Wiltshire

Open daily, 9am - 5pm

Stourhead Credit: national trust

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

London and South East

4. Mottisfont, Hampshire

Open daily, 10am - 5pm

Mild winter weather has seen the snowdrops blooming earlier than usual, and 16,000 bulbs have been planted in recent years to create delicate displays of this much-loved flower. Snowy clusters can be enjoyed near the start of Mottisfont’s river walk, bordering a winding woodchip path, and near the font. More information.

5. Nymans, West Sussex

Open daily, 10am - 5pm; winter photography workshop on Feb 11

This 20th-century garden is famed for its amazing collection of rare and important plants. At the start of spring, spot wonderful displays of snowdrops followed by camellias and magnolias underplanted with a host of grape hyacinths. The bulb meadow in the walled garden is full of snowdrops and early narcissus and there are rare hellebores all around the garden. More information.

6. Stowe, Buckinghamshire

Open daily, 10am - 5pm; Winter at Stowe season until Mar 22

Oxford Bridge at Stowe Credit: national trust

The beginning of the year is ‘Stowedrop’ time as the delicate peeping blooms develop into white drifts in the Elysian Fields, Sleeping Wood and Lamport Garden. More information.

East of England

7. Ickworth, Suffolk

Open daily, 1030am - 5pm

Ickworth Credit: national trust

Take a crisp winter walk through Ickworth to discover carpets of snowdrops along Lady Geraldine’s walk, as well as The Albana Walk and Trim Trail. The pretty white flowers are complemented by the golden glow of aconites scattered throughout. More information.

8. Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk

Open daily from Feb 17, 1030am - 5pm, or at weekends until then. 

Feast your eyes on Oxburgh, a huge moated Hall surrounded by 70 acres of gardens and woodlands. Join the team for a guided walk, or wander independently around the woodlands and take in the carpets of snowdrops, aconites and other spring flowers. More information.

9. Peckover House & Garden, Cambridgeshire

Gardens reopen on Feb 22, 12pm-330pm

Peckover House & Garden Credit: national trust

Wrap up warm and head out to spot the snowdrops around this two-acre town garden, then explore the Orangery where the orange trees are at their best at this time of year. More information.

10. Sheringham Park, Norfolk

Open daily, dawn to dusk

Sheringham Park looks especially beautiful in February when displays of snowdrops brighten up dark days. Enjoy woodland walks, a bit of bird spotting and dramatic coastal views. More information.

Midlands

11. Attingham Park, Shropshire

Open daily, 8am - 5pm

Attingham Park Credit: national trust

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

12. Belton House, Lincolnshire

Open daily, 9.30am - 4pm

Belton House Credit: national trust

With delightful gardens and lakeside walks, Belton is a pleasure to explore all year round and never more so as the early signs of spring creep in, when it can boast an estimated 20,000 snowdrops in drifts throughout the Pleasure Gardens and around the Gothic ruin. Take a tour of the grand 17th-century mansion, complete with fine collections of silver and porcelain and an extensive library. More information.

13. Dudmaston Estate, Shropshire

Open on 15, 16, 22 and 23 Feb

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 display just keeps getting better. More information.

North

14. Dunham Massey, Cheshire

Open daily, 1030am - 4pm

Dunham Massey Credit: national trust

The seven-acre winter garden at Dunham Massey is the largest of its kind in the UK. Since it opened in 2009 over 200,000 double and single snowdrops have been planted, which now create a shimmering white carpet in February. Keep an eye out for blue winter irises and bright daffodils while you’re there. More information.

15. Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, Yorkshire

Open daily, 10am - 5pm

Fountains Abbey Credit: national trust

The picturesque abbey ruins look beautiful in February set alongside carpets of snowdrops. This is a sight that dates back to the 19th century, when Earl de Grey planted hundreds to spell out his name along the banks of the river Skell. More information.

16. Wallington, Northumberland

Open daily, 10am - dusk

Wallington Credit: national trust

Over the last few years, visiting families have planted more than 500,000 snowdrops at Wallington, and its display includes a few special varieties of snowdrop too, including the Northumbrian ‘Sandersii’ group which has sulphur-yellow markings instead of green, and the pretty ‘Flore Pleno’ with double the usual number of petals. More information.

17. Acorn Bank, Cumbria

Open daily from Feb 15, 10am - 5pm

Take a wander through the swathes of snowdrops that carpet the woodland walks beside Crowdundle Beck. This tranquil spot is the ideal place for an invigorating walk on a crisp spring day. More information.

Wales

18. Chirk Castle, Wrexham

Open daily 10am - 4pm

Chirk Castle snowdrops Credit: national trust

Glimpses of snowdrops can be found throughout the garden, scattered between clipped yews, shrub and rock gardens, as well as drifting along the woodland floor. Take a moment in the Pleasure Ground Wood to enjoy more stunning snowdrop displays, and warm up around the fire in the Woodsman’s Hut. More information.

19. Bodnant Garden, Conwy

Open daily 10am-4pm; Snowdrop Planting from 17-20 Feb

For several years National Trust gardeners, volunteers and visitors have been helping to plant thousands of extra snowdrop bulbs here every year. Join the team again and help to plant an extra 20,000 in 2020. More information.

Bodnant Garden in bloom
Northern Ireland

20. Rowallane Garden, County Down

Open daily, 10am - 4pm

Celebrate the imminent arrival of spring with a walk amongst the pretty white flowers at Rowallane, where 130,000 bulbs have been planted in 10 years. Then, warm up with a visit to the National Trust café. More information.

21. Castle Coole, County Fermanagh

Grounds open throughout February, 10am - 4pm

During the late winter months the Beech Walk at Castle Coole finds itself covered with a carpet of snowdrops. Delight in the signs of the not-too-distant spring with a walk amongst the flowers and admire views of the 18th-century mansion. More information.

22. Springhill, County Londonderry

Snowdrop walks on Feb 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29

Snowdrops at Springhill Credit: national trust

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