Snowdrops in Thames and Chilterns

When is a snowdrop not just a snowdrop? When it’s a drift of creamy white lifting our spirits and reminding us that warmer days are not far away. There are lots of places to see them in the Thames and Chilterns area.

Snowdrops growing in the garden at Kingston Lacy


It won’t be long before you see the gardens bursting with snowdrops or as we fondly like to call them ‘Stowedrops’. Enjoy chilly walks in the New Year to spot them peeping through before they develop in their masses throughout the Elysian Fields, Sleeping Wood and Lamport Garden.

Stark tree on the Basildon Park estate

Basildon Park 

The leafless trees open up new views of the garden and parkland at Basildon Park in winter. Spotting snowdrops is a favourite activity during this season.

A carpet of snowdrops in woodlands.


Cliveden has some wonderful snowdrops in the woodland and also on the steep west-facing escarpment that runs down to the edge of the River Thames. You'll find spots of colour too, thanks to bright red berries and fiery dogwoods.

Snowdrops at Badbury Hill, Oxfordshire

Badbury Hill

If you take a winter walk at Badbury Hill, you're bound to see bright white clumps of snowdrops brightening up the woodland floor. Follow the 'Coleshill brown walk' to take you past the best places to see them.

Snowdrops at Hughenden, a National Trust property in Buckinghamshire


Staff and volunteers have planted masses of snowdrop bulbs along the drive at Hughenden. In sheltered places they can appear as early as New Year's Day.