Bluebells in Yorkshire

Every spring, carpets of delicate bluebells appear in a spectacular seasonal display. Make the most of bluebell season in Yorkshire with a day out at one of these special places.

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

Hardcastle Crags, West Yorkshire

Bluebells are the undisputed spring highlight at Hardcastle Crags where they carpet the woodland. At their peak, usually in May they form an almost unearthly blue haze through the woodlands and fill air with their sweet perfume. This wooded landscape is often known as ‘Little Switzerland’ because of the valley sides, pathways and river and in spring the woodland is awash with bluebells.

Bluebells on the banking with Fountains Abbey in the distance

Fountains Abbey & Studley Royal 

See bluebells along the riverbanks and pathways down from the abbey into the water garden. Bring your camera and capture them with the fantastic backdrop of the ruins.

Bluebells at Nostell, near Wakefield


As May progresses you'll see carpets of bluebells appearing in Nostell's gardens and parkland. One of the best places to see them is around the Middle Lake. If you bring your bike, set off along the cycle trail in the ancient woodland to see them lining your route.

Looking over the railings into the woods with a carpet of bluebells at Beningbrough

Beningbrough Hall 

Explore a little further afield at Beningbrough and take a walk through 380 acres of parkland. Meander through woodland and along riverside paths to find bluebells carpeting the pike ponds area. Pick up a map when you arrive and enjoy this seasonal spectacle.

Bluebells at Brimham Rocks

Brimham Rocks 

Walk around the rocks and surrounding woodland and you’ll see soon see plenty of bluebells appearing along the way. As the weather gets warmer this month, bring a picnic and relax in the quiet of this very special place.