The Best Places to See Snowdrops in The UK

CandideUK
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!

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:
Finlaystone Gardens

Finlaystone Gardens

Whether you turn up in early December to cut your own Christmas tree or in late March to witness Spring’s first blooms, there really is something to see all year round at Finlaystone Gardens. Although the Finlaystone Gardens has evolved since its inception in 1900, it still retains the charm and character of a historic garden as felt in the pretty Celtic paving and the traditional charm of the walled garden. The estate offers sweeping vistas of the lapping waters of the Firth of Clyde. And thanks to the restricted play areas, you can stare out to sea in peace. As the new year unfolds, the woodlands are glazed in snowdrops while bluebells, rhododendrons and azaleas provide a welcome flash of colour at the turn of the season. Look out for unusual trees and shrubs such as Eucryphias and Embothrium. Signs of a sustainable food growing culture can be found in the vegetable garden where soft fruit and espalier trees tumble into view. The majestic Finlaystone House and accompanying woodland trails provide further roaming space, although rumbling bellies can always swing by the Garden Café.

Flowers in a field at Cambo gardens

Cambo Gardens

A meandering and richly planted open garden on the east coast of Scotland. Cambo Estate offers amazing variety, from the alliums, lilacs and roses in its walled garden to one of the UK’s most impressive collections of snowdrops. One of the most interesting features of the Georgian walled garden is the burn – a gently flowing stream - that runs through it down to the sea. Start with a view of the whole garden by the twisted weeping willow, then wander past herbaceous borders packed with late-season naturalistic and prairie-style plants. In the winter, don’t miss the surrounding woodland, home to birch trees and 350 types of snowdrop. Children will love playing in the Lost Elf Village or spying on each other through the spider hole. And those in need of a good cuppa can drop into the café. There are exciting plans for a contemporary cutting garden, though you can also buy plants in the stables. Go on a tour of the gardens with Lady Catherine Erksine, who has lived at Cambo House since 1976. Learn about its history as well as its quirkier features, and which parts of the garden really come to life at different points in the year.

Dunvegan Castle and Gardens

Dunvegan Castle & Gardens

A tranquil haven amid Skye’s wild, rugged landscape. Step into the elegant castle gardens at Dunvegan and discover five acres of immaculate grounds and a romantic castle, like no other. Amble over ornate bridges in the Water Garden, where tranquil ponds are surrounded by a huge variety of colourful flowers and herbaceous plants. See the impressive Japanese Holly centrepiece in the more formal Round Garden, before wandering around the Walled Garden, with its 17th-century sundial and ‘Dunvegan Pebble’ sculpture. Then get a glimpse of the castle and Dunvegan Loch on the shady Woodland Walk. Around 30,000 of the estate’s half-hardy plants are grown from cuttings – find out more about them in the Garden Museum before a snack in the Macleod Tables Café. Or explore Dunvegan Castle itself, home to the Clan Macleod for over 800 years.

Fyvie Castle Garden & Estate

Fyvie Castle houses an 18th century walled garden which contains a collection of Scottish fruit and vegetables. There is also a loch, American garden, woodland garden and landscaped grounds.

Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

The Botanics captures the imagination of everyone who visits and is world renowned for its horticultural excellence. Over 70 acres of beautifully landscaped grounds provide a tranquil haven just one mile from the city centre.

A castle on top of a grass covered field

Scone Palace

Scone Palace is open for daily visits from April - October and for corporate events, weddings etc. Private tours around the grounds and gardens are conducted by head gardener, Brian Cunningham.

Glasshouse in walled garden

Teasses Garden

With its acres of fertile organic pasture and espousal of popular rural activities such as clay pigeon shooting, you might be wondering what Teasses Garden has to offer garden-enthusiasts. But thanks to some stunning restoration work, the answer is a lot. This once dilapidated plot has undergone quite the transformation since the mid-1990s when the estate was bought by Sir Fraser and Lady Morrison. And their hard work has clearly paid off. Away from the highland cattle, you’ll find billowing drifts of perennials, a fragrant English Rose garden punctuated with spicy carnations and a pond bejewelled with water lilies and fringed by the elegant Iris Sibirica and other marginal plants. Another horticultural highlight is the walled garden, where a canopy of apple, plum, and pear trees leads to glasshouses bursting with peaches, figs, and grapes. The gardens are open by appointment only but the estate also hosts garden events throughout the year, including the Scottish Snowdrop Festival, plant identification workshops and more.

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.

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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