Signs of spring at Dyrham Park

The garden at Dyrham Park bursts into life in spring with a wonderful display of colour and scent.

Following the snowdrops which greeted you at the bottom of the drive, the garden and terraces are full of the early signs of spring in February and March. Daffodils have started to peep through in the orchard while purple and cream-coloured crocuses, blue chinodoxa, pulmonaria and primroses pop up around the garden. 

In March the scent of wild garlic starts to fill the air in the terraces with its white flowers mingling with bluebells beginning to emerge in April.

Tulips have long graced the garden and provide a spring highlight, usually rearing their heads in April and visible for a few weeks into May.

They have become a key feature of the long borders in the Avenue as well as Sphynx Court and link in with the Dutch history of the house and founder William Blathwayt who worked in the Netherlands back in the 17th century.

Thanks to year-round effort from the garden team with inspired seasonal planting schemes, there's always patches of colour in the garden - from the fiery red dogwood, framing the pools in from winter into spring and the hyacinths which add a blue and white grandeur to the garden.

The evergreen shrubs and supports for trained fruit provide a structure in keeping with the garden's 17th-century roots. It's all part of an ongoing effort to create a 21st-century garden with echoes of the past.

You can read more about the garden plans, here

Delicate blossom is starting to appear on the pear trees in the garden and orchard, the sign of hope for a plentiful harvest later on in the year.

Spring walks

The 270-acres of parkland is a great place to walk and explore in the great outdoors with far-reaching views right across to Wales. There are a range of set walks or you're free to wander at leisure. You might spot wildflowers such as dogs mercury, violets or primroses or catch sight of a buzzard flying overhead.

Please note: We do not allow dogs into the main park, but they are welcome in the dog walking area next to the car park.

Your visit

Pre-booking through the website is advised at weekends and during school holidays and slots go live each Friday for the week ahead (Mon-Sun). Tickets can be booked until 3pm the day before. We have an electric accessibility vehicle for those who can't manage the hill which should be pre-booked by email ahead of your visit (please see Facilities and Access tabs above).

The house is open part-time - please check for exact opening times.

Please book ahead before visiting 

The parkland, garden, shop and kiosk at Dyrham Park are open. The house is open every afternoon, subject to volunteer numbers. The tea-room is currently open weekdays only, subject to staff numbers. We've introduced advanced booking to keep everyone safe and maintain social distancing. To avoid disappointment please book in advance, especially at busier times such as weekends, school holidays and bank holidays. However, where spaces are available on weekdays, pre-booking isn't always necessary.