Bluebells in the North of England

Late April and May are generally the best times to see bluebells in the North of England and they make a colourful backdrop to a spring time walk. You'll find carpets of bluebells at many of the places we care for - here are some of our favourite spots to see them:

Visitors walking through a garden in spring

Visiting this spring 

Our gardens, parks and countryside locations are open. Cafés are offering a takeaway service and some outdoor seating is available at cafés in England only. Some shops are open in England and Wales but remain closed in Northern Ireland. All houses are currently closed. The safety of our staff, volunteers and visitors remains our priority. To avoid disappointment please book in advance, especially at busier times such as weekends and bank holidays. Please check the property webpage before you visit and follow government guidance.

A shimmering carpet of bluebells at Dunham

Bluebells in the North West 

You don’t have to travel far to find bluebells in spring. From Speke Hall in Liverpool, where you can take a magical walk through woodlands swathed in blue, to the marvellous meadows at Dunham Massey, these are some of our top spots for bluebells in the North West.

The gardens in the spring at Rufford Old Hall, Lancashire

Bluebells in the North East 

From secluded valleys to ancient woodlands and even sand dunes, there are a host of places to see bluebells in the North East. If you’re lucky you might also spot wildlife like roe deer and woodpeckers. Take a look at our list to find out where you can see the flowers near you.

Bluebells carpet the woodland to the West of the house at Speke Hall, Merseyside

Bluebells in Yorkshire 

Take a walk through the woodlands we look after in Yorkshire to enjoy this seasonal splash of blue on the ground.

Chiltern Bluebells

How we look after our bluebells 

We're one of the most important organisations in the UK for bluebell conservation. A quarter of our woodland is ancient or semi-natural which is an ideal habitat for bluebells.

Close up of a bluebell

Six top tips for photographing bluebells 

Bluebells are not the easiest subject to photograph. Dappled light leads to contrast and colour issues and there's the practical aspect of trying not to damage the very thing you're celebrating. Photographer Hugh Mothersole has top tips for phone snappers and professionals alike.

Video

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.