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 and the terraces 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 a few 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 and there are guided walks of the garden most days.

Delicate blossom is starting to appear on the pear trees in the garden and orchard as well as on the young apple trees along the Avenue, 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.

There are twice daily guided walks around the parkland most days.

Please note: We do not allow dogs on site, other than assistance dogs, but they are welcome in the dog walking area next to the car park.

Your visit

We have two electric mobility vehicles for those who can't manage the hill. The service is run by volunteers and subject to availability.

Please note: A small selection of rooms in the main house is open each afternoon while planned conservation and decorative work takes place. The new exhibition and basement are open too.

Food and drink

You can refuel at the tea-room where there's a range of snacks, hot and cold drinks and ice creams. The tea garden kiosk will also be open at busier times, subject to staffing levels.

Shopping

The National Trust shop is stocked with goodies ranging from beautiful gifts to foods, cards, calendars, gardening equipment, children's toys and games, plants and lots of books.

Dyrham Park is open from 10am until 5pm daily (last entry 4pm).