Best places for bluebells in Kent and East Sussex

In the right conditions, with the ideal balance of light and shade, bluebells thrive. Their favourite habitat is a coppiced woodland. This is where the tree cover does not become overcrowded and is cut back in a well-manged way throughout the years. The canopy this creates allows light through to the forest floor but maintains a level of shadiness that bluebells tend to prefer.

Delight your senses with the sight and scent of a sea of bluebells. Britain’s beautiful blue spring is a quintessential part of our native landscape. The blooming date for bluebells varies depending on the weather, but you can usually expect to see them from mid-April to mid-May. Discover the top National Trust places in Kent and East Sussex where you can enjoy bluebells in all their glory.

Visitors enjoying the garden in summer at Wordsworth House and Garden

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A woodland filled with bluebells in the Spring

Bluebells at Sissinghurst Castle Garden

Read on to find out about the bluebells about Sissinghurst and what makes them so important to the Kentish countryside.

English native bluebells at Chartwell, a National Trust property in Kent

Bluebells at Chartwell

Experience the joys of a bluebell woodland this spring at the home of Sir Winston Churchill and throughout the surrounding West Kent countryside.

A carpet of bluebells in the woods around an old tree

Admire the bluebells at Scotney Castle this spring

As the weather warms up and the days become longer, the bluebells start to appear all around Scotney Castle. From the drive to the formal garden to the outer reaches of the estate, come and admire them as they carpet the ground with their delicate purple flowers.

Bluebells beneath the woodland trees with dapled late afternoon sun

Bluebells at Ightham Mote

The bluebell is one of our best-loved British flowers, and it's no surprise. During late April / early May, after just a few steps into Scathes Wood, you'll be greeted by a carpet of sapphire blue, with a fragrance that is heaven 'scent'.

Bluebell woods at Emmetts Garden, a National Trust property in Kent

Bluebells at Emmetts Garden

Spotting bluebells is one of the best things about a spring walk and Emmetts Garden doesn't disappoint for this. The woods have even been designated a SSSI (site of special scientific interest) due to the English native bluebells that bloom here. Every year the hillside is smothered with the nation's favourite wildflower creating a truly beautiful spectacle.

Pheasant standing in bluebells at Sheffield Park, East Sussex

Bluebells at Sheffield Park and Garden

Discover the best places to enjoy the seasonal show of bluebells in the garden and on the parkland plus find details of our bluebell special events.

The bluebells carpet the woodland at Bateman's

Bluebells at Bateman's 

On the Bateman's estate the bluebells are already in leaf, waiting to carpet our woodland alongside the early purple orchids in May. Choose from three great woodland estate walks to take in the sights of spring.