'For me, the word 'bluebell' signals that spring is underway with a shimmering blue carpet of life.'
- Christopher Margrave, head gardener at Clumber Park
Bluebells transform our lovely woodlands and gardens in May. Here are some of our top places and events to enjoy them in all their glory.
Inspired by the setting and the soil, the Messel family created one of the country's great gardens in the late 19th-century. The garden and nearby woods are perfect for walking, picnicking and spotting bluebells.
A ruin of an Elizabethan manor house, Sissinghurst Castle and estate is a great place to see bluebells and wildflowers of the season.
This fascinating country estate has gorgeous gardens, including a brilliant collection of spring-flowering magnolias and woodland areas blooming with waves of daffodils and bluebells.
The striking 18th-century mansion at Downhill Demesne now lies in ruin, but the offering of beautiful gardens and stunning cliff top walks makes this is a fantastic place for all the family to visit - especially during bluebell season.
'I once watched the sun set through the bluebells at Ashridge; it was unforgettable and remains forever in my memory.'
- Lawrence Trowbridge, lead ranger
Enjoy carpets of bluebells this spring in this vast wooded landscape, filled with breathtaking scenery, amazing wildlife and a fascinating history
'For me, the word 'bluebell' signals that spring is underway with a shimmering blue carpet overhung with fresh green foliage. At Clumber, they usually look perfect for St. George's Day.'
- Christopher Margrave, head gardener
With 1,537 hectares of parkland, gardens, peaceful woodlands and a magnificent lake, there is plenty of space to explore and relax at Clumber, including the bluebell woodlands throughout the spring months.
'Bluebells are the undisputed spring highlight at Hardscastle. 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
This wooded landscape is often known as ‘Little Switzerland’ because of the valley sides, pathways and river flowing through. In spring, the woodland is awash with bluebells.
Immerse yourself in a medieval world at this impressive castle, then escape to the gardens and woodland and find Berkshire pigs, ancient trees and wonderful bluebell woods during the spring months.
'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
Visit Blickling in April through to May and discover 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.
'One of my favourite experiences in spring is walking through a carpet of bluebells. 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, it’s a magical scene at Speke Hall and one that remains forever in my memory.'
- Ian Ford, estate warden
A perfect oasis of peace and quiet within easy reach of Liverpool, Speke Hall provides stunning views of the surrounding area and wonderful woodland walks through carpets of bluebells.