Bluebells in London and the South East

You don’t have to travel far to find bluebells in spring. From Emmetts Garden in Kent where the hillside is swathed in blue, to the ancient woodlands of Hinton Ampner, these are some of our top spots for bluebells in London and the South East.

Chiltern Bluebells

Please help look after the bluebells 

'Bluebells are my most favourite sign of spring. They are beautiful yet so fragile. There's something really lovely about helping to protect them, because they do need our help' - Crispin Scott, Wildlife & Countryside Adviser.
By sticking to the paths you are protecting the native British bluebell so it will flower next year and for years to come.

Bluebells in Walk Wood at Sheffield Park, East Sussex

Restoring an ancient bluebell woodland at Sheffield Park

Walk Wood at Sheffield Park and Garden is a newly restored ancient woodland opening for a special preview season from 24 April. A network of paths from the early 1700s have been recreated and will be surrounded by bluebells in a magnificent display of blue.

Bluebell woods at Hinton Ampner

Hinton Ampner, Hampshire 

Visitors can explore acres of recently opened ancient woodland surrounding this quintessentially English landscape. Stroll slowly through glorious beech avenues and soak up the bluebell phenomenon.

Path through bluebells at Bradenham

The Chilterns 

There’s nothing more enchanting than stumbling across a vibrant carpet of woodland bluebells. There are many places in the Chiltern Hills where bluebells flourish and they are at their best between mid-April and late May.

Bluebells at Winkworth Arboretum

Winkworth Arboretum, Surrey 

From late April a carpet of bluebells covers the arboretum floor while perfuming the woodland air, thriving in the dappled sunlight of the coppiced areas at Winkworth.

Standen Rockinghill Wood Bluebells

Standen, West Sussex 

There are wonderful walks through 100 acres of the original Standen estate, including ancient bluebell woods and meadowland, which can be enjoyed all year round.

Bluebells in woodland
Walking trail

Hughenden Manor, Buckinghamshire 

Bluebells line the drive and nestle amongst the woodland and parkland at Hughenden Manor. The wooded slopes offer a perfect setting for spring flowers.

A close up of Bluebells in contrast with the white flowers of Stitchwort

Nymans, West Sussex 

Rumoured to bloom on St George's Day, there are carpets of delicately scented bluebells throughout the ancient woodland surrounding Nymans, described as a garden lovers' home for all seasons.

Bluebell flower head

Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Kent 

Wander through Sissinghurst Castle Garden to enjoy the warm colours of the Cottage Garden and the swathes of bluebells in the woodland. Stop at Lime Walk, where Harold Nicolson helped design and plant.

Bluebells in Mottistone Gardens, Isle of Wight

Mottistone Gardens, Isle of Wight 

Hidden away at the very rear of Mottistone Gardens is an area known as Shearn Place. Nestled beneath the downs above and crisscrossed with footpaths, this wooded area comes alive in May with bluebells.

Bluebells in bloom at Emmetts Garden, a National Trust property in Kent

Emmetts Garden, Kent

Visit this Edwardian hillside garden in May to see the slopes and hillocks smothered with bluebells, creating a sea of hazy blue beneath the trees.