Spring at Attingham

Blossom on the trees in the parkland at Attingham Park

Spring is in the air and the Parkland is beginning to wake up as the buds begin to blossom and new shoots and leaves emerge. Attingham is open for local pre-booked visitors to exercise in our outdoor spaces.

Visitors having a rest in parkland at Attingham Park, Shropshire
Visitors having a rest in parkland at Attingham Park, Shropshire
Visitors having a rest in parkland at Attingham Park, Shropshire

We're full of the joys of spring from March onwards as splashes of colour can be spotted around the parkland. Look out for the golden daffodils, crocuses and irises in March. During April we'll be keep an eye out for the first signs of the bluebells appearing to transform the woodland floor into a carpet of dusky blues. Meanwhile, in the Walled Garden, spring flowers and delicate blossom will bring some very welcome colour into the garden during April and May.

The bright colours of spring at Attingham
Attingham's parkland covered in bright yellow daffodils
The bright colours of spring at Attingham

Step into spring

There's always something to look out for or something new to spot in the great outdoors at Attingham as the seasons change throughout the year. Find out more about some of our walks below. 

A view across the parkland at Attingham Park

Head out on a walk around Attingham

Explore the Deer Park, stroll through our Walled Garden, or enjoy the beauty of the River Tern.

Bluebells at Attingham

When in full flower bluebells will almost magically transform the woodland making for a wonderful photo opportunity. As they begin to flourish, their popular nectar will attract an array of insects including beautiful butterflies emerging from their hibernation.

The Bluebells will soon be blossoming
The sunny beams down through the trees onto the carpet of bluebells
The Bluebells will soon be blossoming

We expect the bluebells displays to be at their best from the end of April into the start of May, weather conditions dependent. On your walk through the Parkland at this time of year you’ll also stumble across other spring flowers including primroses, oxlips and fritillaries that’ll emerge in late spring.

Spring in the Walled Garden

During April and May the Walled Garden and Orchard will see the fruit trees blossom, look out for the delicate colours of the peach, pear, apricot and apple blossom as it unfurls.

" We've noticed lots of blossom buds on our apricot and pear trees which indicates it should be a good year for blossom. We're hoping for a spectacular display this spring!"
- Madeleine, Gardener. February 2021.

Irises, hyacinths and miniature daffodils will bring splashes of colour to the garden towards the end of April. 

Espalier pear blossom before it bursts into flower in the Walled Garden at Attingham.
Espalier pear blossom in the Walled Garden at Attingham
Espalier pear blossom before it bursts into flower in the Walled Garden at Attingham.

If we have mild weather at the start of spring, the tulip displays will burst into life bringing vibrant colours into the garden, perfect for reawakening your senses on a stroll.

Cordon apples in the Walled Garden in blossom towards the end of April and into May each year
Cordon apples in blossom with tulips in the bed below in the Walled Garden
Cordon apples in the Walled Garden in blossom towards the end of April and into May each year

The Camassia collection in the Walled Garden will bloom in May. These delciate star shapes bleu coloured flowers grow to around 3ft tall. The collection has its own bed in the frame yard, and is a ‘National Collection’.
 

Pollinating insects love the blue camassia
Beautiful blue camassia attracts many insects in Charlecote's early summer garden
Pollinating insects love the blue camassia
Looking across the Deer Park towards the Mansion at Attingham Park.

Please book before visiting 

The parkland, grounds, walks and Field of Play at Attingham are open to enjoy in line with government guidance. You'll need to book tickets online (available up to an hour before visiting) or by calling 03442 491 895. You'll need your ticket/booking ref and NT membership card (if applicable) ready for admission. The Mansion remains closed.