Beautiful Snowdrops at Anglesey Abbey

Herald the start of spring and join us for snowdrop season. Discover over 270 varieties and this favourite winter flower within our renowned collection.

Snowdrop Season at Anglesey Abbey

The snowdrop collection here at Anglesey Abbey hosts over 270 individual varieties of snowdrop, with some found right here in our gardens and as such, are named after people and places with links to Anglesey Abbey.

Also known as Candlemas Bells, snowdrops are common in the grounds of old religious communities, and it’s possible that Anglesey Abbey’s snowdrops go back to the time when it was a priory. Candlemas, the Christian feast of purification, falls on 2 Feb each year


Where to find our snowdrops

Snowdrops can be found across the gardens, here are some of the best spots to find them: 

The Winter Garden

The first snowdrops to appear are usually found beneath the splendor of the Winter Garden. Generally visible from mid-December, this is a favourite pathway to spot several different varieties of the delicate white flowers whilst also enjoying the sensory planting surrounding them. 

The Woodland Path

Along with daffodils and hellebores, the Woodland Path and Hoe Fen access path provide a natural setting for small clumps of some of our more common snowdrops. If you're heading through either of these paths, keep an eye out for them on the paths as they can often spread with each passing year. 

The Specialist Collection

The specialist collection contains some of the snowdrops that are directly linked with Anglesey Abbey, and is only accessible as part of a guided tour. Our popular Specialist Collection Tours return this year, join one of our knowledgeable garden team to discover our private collection of snowdrops, not usually accessible to visitors. 

Our popular Specialist Collection tours are now fully booked for 2022. We're not able to operate a waiting list for tours, but any cancellations will be available to re-book using the link below. 

Discover our snowdrop stories

Anglesey Abbey's own Snowdrop - Galanthus Nivalis Anglesey Abbey

Galanthus nivalis 'Anglesey Abbey'

Taking its name from its place of origin, this snowdrop was discovered at Anglesey Abbey. It is the green v-shape mark on tips of inner petals which gives this single snowdrop its recognisable features, and it often flowers around the middle of January.

Snowdrop - Richard Ayres

Galanthus 'Richard Ayres'

G. ‘Richard Ayres’ was named by the National Trust after a former Head Gardener. Its flowers can range from three to six petals, meaning it can be described as irregular, and it has been known to grow to heights of up to 30cm!

Snowdrop - Hobson's Choice

Galanthus 'Hobson's Choice'

Made up from singular flowers, this snowdrop has a distinctive ‘V’ shape mark on the inner petals. Named after Thomas Hobson, who purchased Anglesey Abbey in 1627 and converted it from a derelict priory to the country house you see today, and who is also known for his ‘take that one or none’ approach.

Make the most of your visit

Snowdrop season is an incredibly popular time, and we're pleased that so many people want to visit Anglesey Abbey at this time of year but this means we can get busy, especially at weekends and during the February half-term. 

Plan your visit and make the most of our more peaceful visiting times using our handy planning guide.