The best places in the UK to see snowdrops

The best places in the UK to see snowdrops

Anglesey Abbey, Gardens and Lode Mill, Cambridgeshire

Anglesey’s garden has 240 different varieties of snowdrop (including 20 discovered at Anglesey), scattered across 114 acres. Meander along the paths and soak up the fabulous display of delicate white bulbs dotted across the gardens. The Winter Garden at Anglesey Abbey bursts with life at this time of year.  Designed specifically with plants that give winter colour and fragrance, it is a beautiful sight to be enjoyed by winter visitors.
The Snowdrop Festival runs from 26 January to 2 March. Visitors wishing to learn more about snowdrops, can join Anglesey Abbey Gardener’s on their Snowdrop Tours at 2pm on weekdays - a limited number of spaces can be pre-booked by calling the Visitor Centre on 01223 810086 with the remaining spaces available on a first come first served basis on the day.

The Argory, County Armagh

This spectacular riverside estate has a stunning display of snowdrops and other beautiful spring bulbs throughout February. Snowdrop self-guided walks run every Saturday and Sunday in the month, where the scenic walk shows off the garden as the frost thaws, with stunning backdrop of sweeping vistas. There are also delicate snowdrop plants available to buy in the shop and children can let off steam in the adventure playground.
Snowdrop Walks, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 February and 1 March, 12pm – 5pm
Come and see the wonderful show of snowdrops on display at this Irish gentry’s house and wooded riverside estate. After a self-guided walk through the blankets of snowdrops that cover the landscape, enjoy a warm refreshment in the Courtyard Coffee Shop.
Price: Adult £3.50, Child £1.50, Family £8.50 (normal admission fee applies)

Attingham Park, Shropshire

Discover the swathes of snowdrops that carpet the woodland floor at Attingham Park this winter. Stroll around this beautiful parkland and mansion set in the heart of a great estate between Shrewsbury and the River Severn. Look out for deer and winter wildlife as well as dustings of the delicate snowdrops across the landscape.

Chirk Castle, Wrexham

The winter garden looks spectacular on a frosty day and the panoramic views around the castle are pretty special too. Chase away those winter blues with a bracing walk around the beautiful gardens and woodland at this medieval fortress. Glimpses of the spring bulbs can be found throughout the garden, scattered between clipped yews, herbaceous borders, shrub and rock gardens, and are particularly special in pleasure ground wood - a sure sign that spring is on its way.

Dunham Massey, Cheshire

The Dunham Massey winter garden is the largest of its kind in Britain. The seven-acre winter garden, designed with the help of Roy Lancaster, OBE, is home to over 700 different plant species and a further 1,600 shrubs which from autumn through to late spring provide plenty of distractions from the cold. Striking white-stemmed silver birches and bright dogwood barks contrast with deep evergreens and colourful winter iris. Since the garden opened in 2009 over 200,000 double and single bloom snowdrops have been planted which create a shimmering carpet of white amongst the trees from late December to early February.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, Yorkshire

See magnificent abbey ruins combined with beautiful landscaped Georgian water gardens and carpets of snowdrops at this breath-taking World Heritage Site, which also boasts its own medieval deer park. Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal has over 800 acres of beautiful parkland to enjoy, full of hidden walks for a great winter escape. You’ll find lots of Larch and Scots pine, whilst yews provide splashes of winter colour to frame the frosty views. The ruins of the abbey are stark against the winter sky, while the water garden creates mirror-like pools, reflecting the planting around them.

Kingston Lacy, Dorset

Kingston Lacy welcomes a dazzling blanket of snowdrops each year. The garden wakes up to spring in January and February when thousands of bulbs burst through the soil, transforming the garden into a sea of white. The gardens are open all year, and February is a special month to see the blankets of white in the Fernery and along Lady’s Walk where visitors can wander through the displays and salute this first welcome sign of spring.
Snowdrops, February - March, 10.30am – 4pm
Mark the end of winter by enjoying a walk amongst the snowdrops. Look out for our guided walks to discover more about these elegant flowers. Check the website to keep up to date with the latest flowering news and events.
Price: Normal admission fee applies

Mottisfont, Hampshire       

Mottisfont contains the National Trust’s newest winter garden, exploring the potential of plants that are at their most beautiful and interesting when other plants are in hibernation. The garden blends a number of unusual plants that are rich in colour and scented. Gullies of foliage plants appear to wind through the banks of willow and spill into the stream. As winter creeps in, the garden becomes a refuge for late flowering shrubs and sweet-smelling winter honeysuckle. Snowdrops thrive along the banks of the Font stream, where the warmer water creates its own microclimate, teasing them into bloom a week or two before their companions in colder corners of the garden. Elsewhere, the open acres of the river garden are magically transformed by drifts of purest white.
Guided snowdrop walks: 7, 8, 14, 15 February, 10.30am, 12.30pm & 2pm,
Price: Normal admission fee applies

Nymans, West Sussex

This twentieth-century garden is famed for its amazing collection of rare and important plants. At the start of spring, spot wonderful displays of snowdrops as well as camellias and magnolias underplanted with a host of daffodils and 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. By Valentine’s Day, over 150 different types of plant are flowering at Nymans and the snowdrop clusters offer cool contrasts to fiery witch hazel oranges and the rich red stems of the dogwoods.
Winter interest walk with the Head Gardener, 30 January, 11am – 12pm
Take in the seasonal highlights of the garden and Arboretum with an exclusive guided tour with the Head Gardener at Nymans. Find out what is at its best in winter and what to look forward to in the following months. Hear about the garden projects and practises and have your gardening questions answered. After exploring the grounds, finish off your walk with a warming beverage in the cafe.
Price: £5 (normal admission fee applies, booking essential)

Wallington, Northumberland

This year, discover Wallington in Northumberland, the much-loved home to generations of the unconventional Trevelyan family. Take a walk through the courtyard and look out for drifts of the common snowdrop as well as a few special varieties such as the ‘Sandersii’ which have sulphur yellow markings instead of green. Soak up the atmosphere of the tranquil East Woods and discover the ’Flore Pleno’ snowdrops which have double the amount of petals than their counterparts. There is also a beautiful Edwardian Conservatory, originally created as a Winter Garden, which is home to an array of plants throughout the year as well as Jasmine, Begonia and Clerodendrum. Take in the fragrant smell and discover the resident friendly robin who likes to make an appearance. The beautiful purple Iris is a sight to behold in the winter garden and will brighten up any winter day. Look out for events in the New Year where the Wallington garden team will need lots of help planting 100,000 new snowdrop bulbs which will create a carpet of white for 2016.