Top spots for snowdrops

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  • Spend your weekend wandering across white forest floors with these top snowdrop walks

    You know spring has sprung when you see your first snowdrop of the year.

    Make february the month you head out for a spectacular sighting of the beautiful white bulbs with these top National Trust properties across the country…

    South West

    Kingston Lacy, Dorset

    Open daily: 10am – 4pm

    See the first signs of spring at Kingston Lacey where the gardens wake to a garden of snowdrops from early February.

    Newark Park, Gloucestershire

    Open daily: 11am – 4pm

    Snowdrops are mixed with aconites and cyclamen to create a colourful carpet along Newark Park’s forest floor.

    Saltram, Devon

    Open daily: 10am – 4pm

    The 500 acres of pathways at Saltram are already lined with a sprinkling of snowdrops and you can even plant one yourself in February.

    London and the South East

    Mottisfont, Hampshire

    Open daily: 10am – 5pm

    Snowdrops thrive along the bed of the Font stream thanks to the warming effects of the water that make them blossom a week or two early.

    Nymans, West Sussex

    Open daily: 10am – 4pm

    Enjoy a stroll through the walled garden to catch a glimpse of the bulb meadow overgrown with snowdrops, narcissus and hellebores.

    Stowe, Buckinghamshire

    Open daily: 10am – 4pm
    (from 13 February onwards 10am – 6pm)

    The beginning of the year is known as ‘Stowedrop’ due to the never-ending carpet of flowers that covers the Elysian Fields, Sleeping Wood and Lamport Garden.

    East England

    Anglesey Abbey, Gardens
    & Lode Mill, Cambridgeshire

    Open daily: 9.30am – 4.30pm

    Be prepared to be bowled over at Anglesey Abbey’s vast array of snowdrops that include 300 different types across 114 acres of gardens.

    Ickworth, Suffolk

    Open daily: 9am – 5.30pm

    Bathe your senses in honey at Ickworth as the gardens begin to burst with sweet smelling Galanthus ‘S Arnott snowdrops and buttery aconites.

    Oxburgh Hall, Norfolk

    Open daily: 11am – 4pm

    Feast your eyes on the beautiful moated Hall surrounded by endless snowdrops across 70 acres of gardens on a snowdrop walk between January and March.

    Midlands

    Attingham Park, Shropshire

    Open daily: 8am – 5pm

    Wander through 200 years of history, walled gardens and acres of snowdrop covered woodland floors at Attingham Park this spring.

    Belton House, Lincolnshire

    Open daily: 9.30am – 4pm

    Lakeside walks in spring at Belton House wash away the last signs of winter as the first snowdrop blooms creep up under foot.

    Baddesley Clinton, Warwickshire

    Open daily: 9am – 4pm (from 13 February onwards 9am – 5pm)

    Gardens around both the Tudor moated house and the medieval church are full of snowdrop life in early spring.

    North West

    Dunham Massey, Cheshire

    Open daily: 11am – 4pm

    In between the 700 different species of plants sit over 100,000 snowdrops under the canopy of giant oak trees.

    Yorkshire and the North East

    Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, Yorkshire

    Open daily: 10am – 5pm

    Visit this World Heritage Site and explore the Abbey ruins and Georgian gardens for a stunning snowdrop sighting.

    Wallington, Northumberland

    Open daily: 10am – 6pm

    The snowdrop selection at Wallington is second to none with many special and rare varieties alongside purple irises.

    Wales

    Chirk Castle, Wrexham

    Open daily: 10am – 4pm

    Chase away those winter blues at this medieval fortress on the Welsh Marshes with a brisk walk around the snowdrop trail.

    Northern Ireland

    The Argory, Co. Armagh

    Snowdrop walks, 6 – 7, 13 – 14, 20 – 21, 27 – 28 February, 12pm – 5pm

    Embark on a snowdrop self-guided walk every weekend throughout February. The scenic walk shows off the best of the snowdrop flowers.

    Springhill, County Londonderry

    Snowdrop walks, 6 – 7, 13 – 14, 20 – 21, 27 – 28 February, 12pm – 5pm

    Explore the 17th century house’s beautiful estate studded with snowdrops that are available to buy in the gift store.

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