The Best Places to See Snowdrops in The UK

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Published on January 24th 2020
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A close up of a snowdrop
It's snowdrop season! A sign that we'll soon be rid of winter and back into the lush arms of spring.
So to help you shake off the winter cobwebs, we've put together a list of the best spots in the UK to get your snowdrop fix. So drop everything, it's time to see some snowdrops.

Welford Park

From the 29th of February until the 1st of March, the home of The Great British Bake Off will open its normally-private doors to the public.
The previous hunting lodge of Henry VIII, located in the heart of Berkshire, is home to one of the most magical Snowdrop Woods in the country and will leave your snowdrop craving fully satisfied.

Hodsock Priory

A close up of a snowdrop in front of Hodsock Priory
From the 8th to the 16th of February, this timeless country home is inviting snowdrop-seekers on a woodland walk to delight in their four million snowdrops.
On the border of Nottinghamshire and South Yorkshire, Hodsock Priory is one of Britain's most-beloved winter gardens and should have something for everyone, regardless of how they feel about snowdrops!
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Scottish Snowdrop Festival

The Scottish Snowdrop Festival runs from the 25th of January until the 11th of March and has over 70 snowdrop spotting events across the country. With so many opportunities, there's no excuse not to see some dazzling blooms. Featured gardens include:

Colesbourne Park

A close up of a snowdrops at colesbourne park
Deep in the Gloucester Cotswolds, this historic snowdrop collection was set up in 1874 by the then current owner, Henry John Elwes. He even had a newly-discovered variety named after him, Galanthus elwesii.
The collection now holds over 350 varieties over ten acres and was described in Country Life as 'England's greatest snowdrop garden'.

Hopton Hall

Spring in Derbyshire announces its imminent arrival with snowdrops shooting out of the ground at Hopton Hall. The Hall itself dates back to the 15th century, and since 1996, the woodland has been gradually cleared and restored for galanthophiles everywhere to enjoy.

Rode Hall

A large tree in a forest
From the 1st of February until the 1st of March, one of the best snowdrop displays in the North of England will be available to visit in the Old Wood of Rode Hall and Gardens.
For a full snowdrop experience, this includes a snowdrop walk art exhibition, and a snowdrop farmers' market!

Miserden

This 17th-century garden has spectacular views over a deer park and rolling Cotswold hills. The presence of snowdrops only adds to a wonderful sense of peace and tranquillity.
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Walsingham Abbey

a snowdrop
From the 25th of January until the 8th of March, Eighteen acres of deciduous woodland carpeted in snowy delights greet anyone travelling to this 17th-century abbey.
Snowdrops appear on the ground around the time of Candlemas on the 2nd of February. This Christian holy day marks the presentation of Jesus at the temple in Jerusalem.
Because of this, folk names for snowdrops include February Fair Maids, Candlemas Bells or Mary’s Tapers.

Cholmondeley Castle

The arrival of snowdrops makes it easy to see why this is regarded as one of the most romantically beautiful gardens in the country.
But that's not all. Take a wander around this 'gothic villa' to explore the incredible feats of landscape design and of course, some of the best plant displays around.
snowdrops in chomondeley garden
Cholmondeley is also home to a spectacular daffodil display!

Adlington Hall

Aldington Hall sits within 2000 acres in Cheshire, 60 acres of which have been developed into spectacular gardens, complete with, you guessed it, a pretty spectacular snowdrop display.

Chelsea Physic Garden

a woman holding snowdrops
Take home your very own snowdrop bulbs from the Chelsea Physic Garden
With over 50 snowdrops available to buy and a special talk about snowdrops from Monksilver Nursery's Joe Sharman, this is the hottest spot in London for snowdrop spotting.
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