Best snowdrop walks in Northern Ireland

Snowdrops at Castle Ward

While enjoying the best walks near you, let pockets of snowdrops provide the perfect pick-me-up. Traditionally the first flower of winter, this hardy little bloom thrives in frosty ground. A symbol of hope and consolation, it will make a sight for sore eyes this year. Whether on a woodland walk, riverside ramble or garden stroll, spotting snowdrops at our places near you will be a welcome sign that brighter days are on their way.

When planning your walk, please remember to follow the latest government guidance, stay local and exercise close to home.

Snowdrops at Springhill

White magic at Springhill

As winter melts away and spring awakens, take a self-guided walk through Springhill's glorious display of snowdrops.

Close up picture of snowdrops

Snowdrops at Rowallane Garden

Find out how snowdrops are a symbol of the new season of life returning to the sunlight and warmth and brightening up those dark winter days.

Snowdrops are the first sign that spring is on its way

Snowdrop walks at the Argory

Despite the cold and damp weather of late, early signs of spring are appearing at The Argory. We will open our doors every weekend from 9 January, giving visitors the opportunity to experience the beautiful carpets of snowdrops.

The front facade of Castle Coole and spring wildflower meadow

Signs of Spring at Castle Coole

Spring is one of the best times to visit Castle Coole as the days lengthen and the first flowers start to appear. Step into spring with wonderful wildflower meadows and carpets of bright bluebells.

Seals basking on Strangford Lough near Castle Ward

Winter at Castle Ward

A new year brings a renewed drive to get active. Look out for winter wildlife and spot snowdrops by the shores of Strangford Lough as signs of spring return to the estate.

The Belvedere on the Downhill Demesne

Autumn at Downhill Demesne

Step into the sights, scents and sounds of Autumn with a visit to Downhill Demesne. Feel the crunch of fallen leaves in the wild cliff-top garden, explore the haunting ruins of Downhill House and discover colourful strolls with awe-inspiring views across the North Coast.

Did you know?

  • Part of the Amaryllidaceae family, the scientific name for the snowdrop is Galanthus nivalis. This is coined from the Greek words "gala", which means milk, and "anthos" which means flower. Second part of the name, "nivalis", originates from Latin language and it means snow.
  • Snowdrops grow in well-drained, fertile soil and habitats which provide full or partial sunlight.
  • This hardy perennial plant can survive more than two years in the wild and can be spotted growing in abundance from early January through to March.
  • There are 20 recognised species of snowdrop.
  • Snowdrops are threatened because of the uncontrolled collecting of plants from the wild. Some species of snowdrops are listed as vulnerable or even endangered.
  • Snowdrops have a naturally occurring substance in them called galantamine. This is sold as a medication for Alzheimer’s disease under the name of Reminyl.