Snowdrop gardens to visit across the UK

By Chris Binding, Friday 30 January 2015

Find the best snowdrop gardens in the country that are open to the public for snowdrop walks.
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It is a seasonal show that grows more spectacular by the year, witnessed by an ever-growing fan club of Galanthophiles - after the flower’s scientific name Galanthus - won over by wonderful displays in gardens and woodlands across the UK.

Wherever you live, there’s certain to be an open garden or place to visit nearby, which has its own snowdrop spectacular to offer - and you’ll be dazzled by the displays.

Please check websites for opening dates, times and admission prices. Snowdrops usually start to appear at the end of January and throughout February, depending on local weather conditions.

Scotland’s Cambo Estate, near St Andrews on the east coast, boasts over 200 varieties of snowdrops in its 70 acres of woodland garden, and they are added to yearly in a burgeoning mail order business, as gardeners clamour to bring the snowdrop magic to their own special plots. Orders are received from all over the world.

Hodsock Priory, in Nottinghamshire boasts a myriad of snowdrops in its five-acre gardens, plus a half-mile walk in the woods with carpets of blooms to delight you.

Dunham Massey, Cheshire is one of the North’s greatest gardens and Britain’s largest winter garden, where the white carpet will be rolled out for visitors.

Dunham Massey contains almost 700 different plant species and a further 1,600 shrubs specifically bred for the 7 acre wonder. January heralds the first early 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.

Snowdrops The Argory in Co. Armagh is a spectacular riverside estate that shows a stunning display of snowdrops and other superb spring bulbs throughout February.

Scenic snowdrop walks show off the garden as the frost thaws, and 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.

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal, Yorkshire, is a World Heritage Site set in 323 hectares of beautiful countryside which 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.

Visit Chirk Castle, Wrexham, to 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.

You could visit Ickworth, Suffolk, and wander around Ickworth’s park and along Geraldine’s Walk, 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.

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  • Carol Armistea

    Posted: Friday 06 February 2015

    Deep Dorset lanes white with snowdrops at Compton Valence and delicious cakes and tea at the village hall. Glorious.

  • Sandra Ogilvie

    Posted: Monday 30 January 2012

    My friend and I are annual visitors to the breathtaking display at Cambo, near St.Andrews in Scotland. We are looking forward to having lunch first at the world famous Fish Bar in Anstruther,(the Guest Book reads like a who's who!) then on to Cambo to admire the breathtaking snowdrops. There are usually plants for sale via an honesty box. We can't rate it highly enough.

  • Janet

    Posted: Friday 27 January 2012

    Love Anglesey Abbey's snowdrop walk at this time of year. Well worth a visit. And there's a wonderful restaurant, too.

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