Places where wild garlic grows

Path through the woodland garden at Newark Park, Gloucestershire
Wild garlic grows in abundance during the springtime National Trust Images/Andrew Butler

Take yourself on one of our walks during the springtime and you won't fail to notice the fragrant smell of wild garlic as you stroll through the woods at these National Trust sites.

If you’re walking through a patch of countryside where wild garlic grows your nose will alert you. The garlicky scent is hard to miss. This is a great way to get kids to engage all of their senses when out on a walk.
Wild garlic grows across the UK from late winter until late spring. The leaves can be eaten raw or cooked and taste milder than shop-bought garlic.
Please note that wild garlic does look similar to lily of the valley, which is poisonous. The key difference between the two plants is that wild garlic always smells – yes, you guessed it – of garlic. If you’re in any doubt about which plant you’ve found do not eat it.
Check out some great places to find wild garlic in our links below:
Wild Garlic
National Trust Images / Robert Morris

Roseberry Topping, Yorkshire 

From wild garlic in the spring to spectacular autumn colours, a stroll around the woods at Roseberry Topping always has something to offer.

Wild garlic flowers
National Trust Images / Robert Morris

Lacock Abbey, Wiltshire 

Lacock's wooded grounds are full of wild garlic during the spring months. Take a walk and see what you can find.

Wild Garlic
National Trust Images / David Noton

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal 

Wild garlic scents the air in the woodland around the magnificent ruins of Fountains Abbey throughout March and April. You’ll also find it on the menu in the Fountains Restaurant within seasonally-inspired dishes.

Close up of wild garlic flower
National Trust Images / Andrea Jones

Lydford Gorge, Devon 

The shady riverside of Lydford Gorge is the perfect location for wild garlic to grow. In spring the smell fills the air as you walk through the gorge.

Close up of wild garlic
National Trust Images / Stephen Robson

Downhill Demesne, Northern Ireland 

This intriguing property and estate is packed with things to see and do. In the spring, don't miss the abundant wild garlic flowering.