Spot snowdrops on a woodland walk
Enjoy the pretty white flowers in National Trust gardens: a sign that spring is on its way
Pull on your wellies, wrap up warm and enjoy a National Trust snowdrop walk.
During January and February, you're likely to be greeted by a white carpet of these delicate flowers, although it's hard to pinpoint exactly when they're in bloom.
Here are some of the gardens famous for their snowdrop displays:
Anglesey Abbey, Gardens and Lode Mill, Cambridgeshire
During January and February Anglesey’s garden majestically boasts 240 different varieties of snowdrop scattered across 114 acres. Meander through the paths and soak up the fabulous show that the garden offers during this time. Snowdrops will not be all that you see; the winter garden shows coloured tree barks, winter flowering shrubs and ground cover plants. General admission charges apply. For more information click here or call 01223 810080.
The Argory, Co. Armagh
This spectacular riverside estate shows a stunning display of snowdrops and other superb 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. The show keeps getting better and better each year with the stunning backdrop of sweeping vistas. With snowdrop plants available to buy, fun for children in the adventure playground, a trip to The Argory this February is well worth it. Grounds admission charges apply.
Snowdrop walks, February 1-2, 8-9, 15-16 and 22-23, 12pm-5pm
Booking is not required for this event. £3 per adult, £1.50 per child or £8 per family. For more information click here or call 028 8778 4753.
Attingham Park, Shropshire
Watch the woodland floor transform into a stunning carpet of snowdrops during Attingham’s snowdrop season. Stroll around this great estate between Shrewsbury and the River Severn and enjoy abundant sprinkles of the delicate flowers in beautiful parkland, designed to impress. Park and grounds admission charges apply.
Snowdrop evening walk, February 21-23, 5pm-8pm (last admission at 7.30pm)
Walk up to the bothy along the mile walk and follow the candlelight through the woods to experience the park and snowdrops in different light. Booking is not required for this event. Park and grounds admission charges apply. For more information click here or call 01743 708123.
Belton House, Lincolnshire
With delightful gardens, a luxuriantly planted Orangery and lakeside walks, Belton is a pleasure to explore all year round and never more so as the early signs of spring creep in. Don’t miss delicate displays of snowdrops that melt away all thoughts of winter. Grounds admission charges apply. For more information click here or call 01476 566116.
Chirk Castle, Wrexham
Chase away those winter blues with a bracing walk around the award-winning gardens and woods carpeted with delicate snowdrops. Glimpses of the spring bulbs can be found throughout the garden. The snowdrops scatter between clipped yews, herbaceous borders, shrub and rock gardens, as well as a terrace with stunning views over the Cheshire and Salop plains. In early spring, don’t miss the drifts of snowdrops that dance through the woodland during the snowdrop days. General admission charges apply.
Snowdrop days, February 1-28, 10am-4pm (last admission 3.30pm)
See the pleasure ground wood carpeted with delicate snowdrops, a sure sign that spring is on its way. Normal admission to gardens and tower apply.Booking not required for this event. For more information click here or call 01691 777701.
Dunham Massey, Cheshire
Discover the delights of Britain’s largest winter garden, where the white carpet will be rolled out for visitors during snowdrop season. The garden contains almost 700 different plant species and a further 1,600 shrubs specifically bred for the seven-acre wonder. January heralds the first signs of spring with the delicate charms of snowdrops, where clusters of over 100,000 double and single snowdrops and 20,000 narcissi bloom amongst the trees.
Damian Harris, head gardener at Dunham Massey, said: 'Around 250,000 snowdrops have now been planted in the winter garden at Dunham Massey and we estimate we now have over 600,000 bulbs ready to flower this season. Many people don’t realize how important the humble snowdrop is, not only does it raise our spirits in the winter highlighting to us that winter is nearly over, but it also provides on of the earliest nectar sources for honey bees.'
Garden admission charges apply. For more information click here or call 0161 941 1025.
Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, Yorkshire
This World Heritage Site, set in 323 hectares of beautiful countryside, offers an unparalleled opportunity to appreciate the range of England's heritage and natural beauty. Walk on a white carpet of snowdrops in early spring as you explore the magnificent 12th-century abbey ruins and amble through the beautiful landscaped Georgian water garden of Studley Royal, complete with Neo-classical statues, follies and breathtaking views. Normal admission charges apply. For more information click here or call 01765 608888.
Wander around Ickworth’s park and along Geraldine’s walk, the oak walk and the trim trail, where snowdrops are complemented by the golden glow of aconites. Discover amazing views of the estate, or warm up in the west wing restaurant with delicious food and drink (Friday to Tuesday).
James Berrington, senior gardener at Ickworth, said: 'At Ickworth spring is first announced by the arrival of our snowdrops. On the oak walk, the white carpets of gently nodding flowers are complimented by the bright yellow aconites. Geraldine’s and Erskine’s walks are woken from their winter sleep by Galanthus‘s arnott a relatively large snowdrop with a strong honey scent giving a feast for the eyes and nose. Small they may be, but when the snowdrops pull together they give a display that gives us all a reason to smile.' Garden admission charges apply. For more information click here or call 01284 735270.
Kingston Lacy, Dorset
While the weather forecasters can't promise snow, Kingston Lacy can predict a dazzling blanket of snowdrops each winter. The garden wakes up in spectacular fashion in January and February when thousands of this favourite flower burst through the soil transforming the garden into a sea of white. Special snowdrop openings are a tradition at Kingston Lacy so visitors can wander through the displays and salute this first welcome sign of spring. Park and garden admission charges apply. For more information click here or call 01202 883402.