Snowdrops and winter gardens in Kent

The first spots of colour start peeking through in our gardens and countryside in winter. Pop into the kitchen garden at Chartwell to see the season's highlights, or pick up an estate walks leaflet at Ightham Mote. Keep your eyes peeled for the pure white of snowdrops as they begin to grow. By visiting our gardens in winter you help us care for them throughout the seasons.

Ightham Mote West Tower

Ightham Mote 

With wintry mists and frosty mornings, the garden and estate at Ightham is beautiful this time of year. Pick up a leaflet from Visitor Reception to follow the trails, or join a ranger walk in February. You might spy our green-fingered garden team at work with tree surveys or lawn care.

The winter border at Chartwell


The garden at Chartwell is a feast for the eyes year-round. In the colder months, admire the winter border, wander the orchard and circle the lakes. Depending on the season, snowdrops may peak through from late February.

The view from the restaurant at Sissinghurst in winter

Sissinghurst Castle Garden 

The garden closes for conservation over winter, so the colder season is perfect for a quiet walk around the wider frosty estate. Time for woodland wanders with the sun shining through bare trees. Keep an eye out for clumps of snowdrops dotted around the woodland floor or on your way to a south cottage tour.