Top spots for bluebells in the East of England

There's something special about visiting woods during springtime, when everything is bursting to life. It's at this time of year you'll find one of the nation's most loved wildflowers - the bluebell, which is also an indicator of ancient woodlands.

Great Wood Bluebells at Blickling 310517

Blickling Estate, Norfolk 

If you're planning to visit Blickling this spring, you'll discover it's one of the best places to see bluebells in the East of England. Follow the winding paths through the Great Wood and pass through swathes of the dainty blue flowers. How we manage the woodland here, makes the crescendo of blue even more spectacular.

Carpet of bluebells in Dockey Wood at Ashridge, Herts

Ashridge Estate, Hertfordshire 

The bluebells at Ashridge in Hertfordshire are famous. Every year the woodland floor is transformed by a sea of these beautiful blue flowers, which captivate the imagination of thousands, whether it's your first time visiting or you've been many times before.

Dog walking to heel of a man through blubells

Sutton Hoo, Suffolk 

Even on a dreary day, the sight of these delicate flowers in bloom will surely bring a smile to your face. Hidden away in the woods at Sutton Hoo are Spanish bluebells. They may not be native, but they're still a beautiful sight as they carpet the woodland floor blue.

Close-up of bluebell flowers on lawn

Sheringham Park, Norfolk 

A walk through the wild garden at Sheringham Park in early spring will reveal an ever-changing colour palette, as an increasing amount of plants come into flower. Look out for the bluebells that brighten up our waymarked trails at this time of year.

A pathway through a bluebell wood

Did you know?

Bluebells are delicate and easily damaged, especially if they’re trodden on. Damage can prevent the leaves from photosynthesizing, causing the plant to die back. Bluebells take many years to get established, so minor damage can have long-lasting impact. Help to look after the bluebells by watching where you tread, and sticking to marked pathways.

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Take a virtual tour of a bluebell wood

There’s plenty of scientific evidence that being out in nature is hugely beneficial to our health and wellbeing, but recent studies have shown that just looking at images of nature can also help to reduce stress levels. If you’re searching for a way to relax, why not escape to a virtual bluebell wood with the help of this ‘slow TV’ video? Simply put your headphones on and let yourself be transported.

The nation's favourite wildflower