Bluebell woods near you
‘We took our granddaughter to Hatchlands Park for her first ever glimpse of a carpet of bluebells and she loved it. It was a magical visit.’
- Jennifer B, visitor at Hatchlands Park in Surrey
There is something magical about bluebells. With their sudden, mystical takeover of ancient woodlands the flowers have long been linked to the fairy-world.
Old superstitions warn that a child who picks a bluebell will never be seen again, while adults face bad luck or even death. To top it off bluebells are now a protected species so you definitely can’t pick them.
Here are a few places where you can see these springtime flowers. The blooming date for bluebells varies depending on the weather, but you can usually expect to see them in April and May.
Bluebells in the Midlands
'For me, the word 'bluebell' signals that spring is underway with a shimmering blue carpet overhung with fresh green foliage. At Clumber Park, they usually look perfect for St. George's Day.'
- Christopher Margrave, head gardener at Clumber Park
* Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire, has 1,573 hectares of space for you to explore, including bluebell woodlands.
* See bluebells in the ancient Forest of Arden at Coughton Court, Warwickshire.
* Bluebells carpet the floor in the Serpentine Wood at Calke Abbey, Derbyshire.
* Follow the short walk at Kedleston Hall, Derbyshire, to see bluebells in the woods.
* Enjoy the bluebells, primroses and wild daffodils at Brockhampton Estate, Herefordshire.
* Bluebells cover the woodland floor at Packwood House, Warwickshire.
Bluebells in London and the South East
‘It took my breath away when I saw brilliant blue carpets of bluebells, softly encasing the soothing green woodlands of Winkworth.’
- Maitrayee B shares her memories and photo from a visit to Winkworth Arboretum
*The garden and woods near to Nymans, West Sussex, are perfect for walking, picnicking and spotting bluebells.
* The estate around Sissinghurst Castle, Kent, is home to bluebells and wildflowers.
* Enjoy carpets of bluebells in the wooded landscape of Ashridge Estate, Buckinghamshire.
* Look out for carpets of bluebells the woods at Cliveden, Buckinghamshire.
* Little Wix Wood in Hatchlands Park, Surrey, is spectacular in bluebell season.
* Follow the track through the woods towards Juniper Top at Box Hill, Surrey.
* This spring you can see bluebells, magnolias and azaleas at Winkworth Arboretum, Surrey.
* See bluebells in the woodlands at Runnymede, Surrey. There will also be a guided tour on 4 May.
* In the parkland surrounding Basildon Park, Berkshire, bluebells and buttercups come out at spring.
* The woods of Greys Court, Oxfordshire, will be brimming with bluebells in spring.
* In May bluebells carpet the woods above the village of Mottistone, Isle of Wight.
Bluebells in the North West
'From the amazing blue flowers dancing in the breeze, filling the air with heady scent, to the buzz of bees feeding on the nectar inside, bluebells present a magical scene at Speke Hall.'
- Ian Ford, estate warden at Speke Hall
* Speke Hall, Merseyside, provides wonderful woodland walks through carpets of bluebells.
* In Dunham Massey, Cheshire, take a stroll down camellia walk to see over 10,000 plants in the cyclamen grove, bluebell meadow and yellow meadow.
* Explore from Waterhead, Cumbria, to see Skelghyll Woods. The oak woodland is often awash with bluebells, daffodils and wild garlic.
Bluebells in Wales
* In the woodlands around Chrik Castle, Wrexham, you will find Berkshire pigs, ancient trees and bluebell displays during spring.
* Springtime in Coed-y-Bwnydd, Monmouthshire, brings bluebells and birdsong.
* The bluebell display at Dinefwr, Carmarthenshire, can be found in Castle Woods.
* At Colby Woodland Garden, in Pembrokeshire, spring brings carpets of bluebells, crocuses, and daffodils.
* Take a circular walk through bluebell woods and meadows, shingle beach and marsh at Abermawr, in Pembrokeshire.
Bluebells in the South West
‘Full of the joys of spring, with sunlight stretching between the branches to highlight the beautiful bluebells, Lanhydrock's Great Wood is the best place for walking off the Easter excesses.’
- Dawn T shares her memories and photo from her visit to Lanhydrock
* See bluebells in the Horner Woods on the Holnicote Estate, Somerset.
* The woods close to Stourhead, Wiltshire, are filled with bluebells in the spring.
* After the snowdrops come daffodils, bluebells, hyacinths and tulips at Kingston Lacy, Dorset.
* In spring parts of Wembury Woods, in South Devon, are covered in a vibrant carpet of bluebells.
* The area of grassland on the summit of May Hill, Gloucestershire, will be covered with bluebells in spring.
* Discover bluebells in Standish Wood, Gloucestershire.
* Springtime brings an abundance of bluebells at Leigh Woods, Bristol.
* At Buckland Abbey, Devon, follow our way-marked trails through the woods for views of the bluebells.
* There will be bluebells in the far orchard at Godolphin, Cornwall.
* Lanhydrock, Cornwall, has gorgeous spring gardens and woodlands including magnolias, daffodils and bluebells.
* Bluebells grow along the steep coastal slopes between St Ives and Pendeen in Cornwall.
* Glendurgan Garden, Cornwall, is a sub-tropical valley garden blooming with magnolias, wild flowers and bluebells.
Bluebells in the East of England
'Bluebells are so special to me and those who visit Blickling as they give a great understanding of the history of the woodland and a sense of spiritual connection to the whole estate.'
- Dave Brady, head ranger at Blickling Estate
* Blickling Estate, Norfolk, is one of the best places to see bluebells in the country. Follow the winding paths through the great wood, and pass through swathes of dainty English bluebells.
* At Ickworth, Suffolk, spring brings a flurry of flowers in the meadow, which is full of 60,000 bulbs – including early crocus and cyclamen, daffodils, tulips, scilla, chionodoxa, cowslips and bluebells.
* Blakes Wood, Essex, is an ancient woodland spanning 100 acres. In spring it is a riot of colour with bluebells, primrose and yellow archangel.
Bluebells in the North East
'Bluebells are the undisputed spring highlight at Hardcastle. At their peak, they form an almost unearthly blue haze through the woodlands and fill air with their sweet perfume. It's my favourite time of the year, bursting with life.'
- Nabil Abbas, countryside manager at Hardcastle Crags
* This wooded landscape of Hardcastle Crags, Yorkshire, is often known as ‘Little Switzerland’ because of the valley sides, pathways and river. In spring, the woodland is awash with bluebells.
* Newton Wood, at Roseberry Topping in Yorkshire, is renowned for having an incredible display of bluebells.
* Allen Banks, in Northumberland, is well known for its bluebells and wild garlic.
* Embleton Beach, Northumberland, is backed by dunes where a variety of flowers bloom: bluebells, cowslips, burnet roses and bloody cranesbill.
* Nostell Priory, Yorkshire, has an abundance of bluebells in the gardens.
Bluebells in Northern Ireland
* Downhill Demesne, in County Londonderry, offers beautiful gardens, especially during bluebell season.
* Take a stroll through the wooded area at Murlough National Nature Reserve, County Down, to discover dazzling displays from our native bluebells.
* Keep an eye out for carpets of bluebells and wood anemone at Lisnabreeny, County Down.
* Castle Ward, County Down, has around 5miles (8km) of bluebell trails to explore.
* See bluebells at Minnowburn, County Down,
Our team at Blickling Estate explain why bluebells are so special, why they are often found in ancient woodlands and what their connection is to house goblins.