Top spots for snowdrops

Snowdrops are the first bulbs to bloom and show signs of life after the winter months, flowering between January and March. To help you spot them we’ve chosen some of our best places for snowdrops from stunning bulb meadows to Britain’s largest winter garden.

A close up view of a clump of snowdrops in February
Mottisfont is home to our newest winter garden National Trust Images / John Millar

Mottisfont, Hampshire

Snowdrops thrive along the banks of the Font stream, where the warmer water creates a microclimate that teases the flowers into bloom earlier than their companions in cooler corners of the riverside garden. Mottisfont is also home to our newest winter garden, designed to showcase plants that are at their best in the colder months.

The Winter Walk in February at Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire
Anglesey Abbey's winter garden has some 150 species of plants National Trust Images / Rod Edwards

Anglesey Abbey, Cambridgeshire

The gardens at Anglesey Abbey boast 320 different varieties of snowdrop (including 20 discovered there) scattered across 114 acres. Meander along the paths for fabulous displays dotted across the gardens. The swathes of snowdrops are complemented by avenues of trees and a collection of classical statues. The Winter Garden, designed with plants that give winter colour and fragrance, is also in its prime at this time of year.

Family in the garden at The Argory, County Armagh
Wrap up warm and go in hunt of snowdrops at The Argory National Trust Images / Arnhel de Serra

The Argory, County Armagh

The Argory has a stunning display of snowdrops and other beautiful spring bulbs throughout February. Follow the trails through this spectacular wooded riverside estate on the banks of the River Blackwater and you’ll be rewarded with blankets of delicate flowers which are sure to put a spring in your step. Explore the estate further to find a variety of trees and wildlife and wonderful views of the surrounding area.

Snowdrops growing in the garden at Kingston Lacy
Thousands of snowdrops carpet the ground National Trust Images / Stephen Robson

Kingston Lacy, Dorset

Kingston Lacy welcomes glistening displays of snowdrops each January and February when thousands of the bulbs burst through the soil, transforming the garden into a sea of tiny blooms. February is a particularly good month to see the white flowers adorning the Fernery and along Lady’s Walk. Once you’ve wandered amongst the snowdrops, you can explore the rest of the grounds at Kingston Lacy. You’ll find all kinds of gardens including a traditional kitchen garden and seven acres of Japanese garden that was designed over a century ago.

Cows grazing in front of Attingham Park, Shropshire
Discover the delights of Attingham Park's gardens National Trust Images / John Millar

Attingham Park, Shropshire

Discover the swathes of snowdrops that carpet the woodland floor of Attingham Park during the early months of the year. Riverside walks are another highlight; the estate lies alongside the River Tern and close to the River Severn. And you’ll find plenty more to explore throughout the graceful parkland.

A close view of snowdrops
There are different types of snowdrops at Wallington - can you spot the difference? National Trust Images / Rod Edwards

Wallington, Northumberland

As well as the common variety Wallington’s snowdrop displays include a few special ones such as ‘Sandersii’ which has sulphur-yellow markings instead of green and ‘Flore Pleno’ – found in the East Woods – which has double the amount of petals. The East Woods are also a haven for wildlife such as red squirrels and otters. Choose one of several winding paths through the woods to find beautiful hidden features designed to delight Wallington’s residents and guests.

The lower lawn in winter at Chirk Castle, Wrexham
Chirk Castle's grounds are stunning all year round National Trust Images / Andrew Butler

Chirk Castle, Wrexham

Snowdrops are one of the many annual floral highlights of Chirk Castle’s award-winning garden. Glimpses of the bulb can be found throughout the garden, scattered between clipped yews, herbaceous borders, shrub and rock gardens, and the flowers are particularly special in the wooded pleasure ground. Walks at Chirk Castles are varied and rewarding as the gardens give way to woodland and far-reaching views of the surrounding countryside.

A close up picture of snowdrops at Dunham Massey, Cheshire
Visit the snowdrops in Dunham Massey's Winter Garden National Trust Images / Jonathan Buckley

Dunham Massey, Cheshire

The seven-acre winter garden at Dunham Massey, designed with the help of acclaimed British gardener Roy Lancaster OBE, is the largest of its kind in Britain. Since the garden opened in 2009 over 200,000 double and single bloom snowdrops have been planted which create a shimmering carpet of white from late December to early February. Explore the estate at Dunham Massey - you can stroll through the colourful Winter garden, groves of ancient trees and the Deer Park.

A close up view of a single snowdrop
The beautiful displays of snowdrops at Fountains Abbey are a legacy of Earl de Grey National Trust Images / Rod Edwards

Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire

The dramatic abbey ruins, extensive parkland and elegant water garden of this World Heritage Site are a paradise for outdoor and nature lovers. Snowdrop displays are a legacy left by Earl de Grey who planted the flowers along the banks of the River Skell when he owned the estate during the 19th century. There are miles of footpaths and trails to explore. Whichever walking route you choose, you’ll find beautiful views.

A close view of snowdrops
Nymans has only had four head gardeners since 1890 National Trust Images / Stephen Robson

Nymans, West Sussex

Nymans is famed for its amazing collection of rare and important plants and the bulb meadow in the walled garden is full of snowdrops and early narcissus. By Valentine’s Day over 150 different types of plant are flowering, with snowdrops offering cool contrasts to blooms such as the fiery orange of witch hazel. Snowdrops flower in the top garden too, and you’ll spot other spring flowers such as crocuses along your way. Nymans has a proud gardening history, with only four head gardeners since 1890. The extensive gardens are carefully designed and cultivated to create a garden lover's paradise.