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.

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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

Sheffield Park and Garden, East Sussex 

See Bluebells in the gardens as well as the restored Walk Wood at Sheffield Park and Garden. Venture down a network of paths from the early 1700s surrounded by bluebells in a magnificent display of blue.

Bluebells at Hatchlands Park

Hatchlands Park 

Little Wix Wood at Hatchland Park is one of the finest bluebell woods in Surrey. This quiet patch of ancient woodland was first recorded in the Chertsey Chronicles during the 13th century. Take the Wix Woods Walk, following the blue way-marker posts, to get there.

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.

Bluebell woods at Hinton Ampner

Hinton Ampner, Hampshire 

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

Bluebells flourish in Morgaston Woods.

The Vyne, Hampshire 

In late April, The Vyne’s ancient woodlands reveal a carpet of delicately scented native bluebells. The woods are a short stroll from the gardens and easily accessible along paths through an adjoining field. One of best ways to take in the bluebells is on The Vyne’s easy 1.3 mile circular walk.

Bluebells Cliveden Woodland

Cliveden, Buckinghamshire 

The gardens at Cliveden blend into woodland along the escarpment which transforms into a sea of blue in April. Enjoy panoramic views over the river Thames and Berkshire countryside from the wooded cliffs and look out for cowslips, snowy wood anemones and dog violets too.

Bluebells at Lower Deans Wood

The Chilterns 

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

Bluebells beneath the woodland trees with dapled late afternoon sun

Ightham Mote, Kent 

Not only do the bluebells in Scathes Wood at Ightham Mote provide a delightful splash of colour, but they're also an important early source of nectar for bees, butterflies and other insects.

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.

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.

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 under a tree trunk in Mottistone Gardens

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.