Snowdrops in the South West

Here's a guide to some of the best places to spot snowdrops in the South West this year.

Family walking dogs

Which places are open and what you need to know before you visit 

We’ve opened more than 130 gardens and parks in England, Wales and Northern Ireland through advanced booking. Tickets are released on Friday for the following week. More than 200 coast and countryside car parks are open across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Read this article to find out what's open and what to expect from your visit.

Snowdrop and cyclamen at Kingston Lacy, Dorset

Snowdrops at Kingston Lacy

Walk through the Kingston Lacy gardens at this time of year and you will find carpets of brilliant white. With over 40 varieties of snowdrop, the spectacular display at Kingston Lacy is a welcome sign that spring is on its way.

A close up view of a clump of snowdrops in February

Kinever Valley walk in North Devon 

Come and discover snowdrops in this magical hidden wooded valley and end up at a secret little cove by the sea.

Snowdrops in the garden at Killerton

The six best places to see spring flowers at Killerton

Spring is just around the corner and we've chosen the six best places to the see signs of spring on your visit, including swathes of snowdrops, colourful cyclamen and camellias.

Snowdrops at Stourhead, Wiltshire

Snowdrops at Stourhead, Wiltshire 

Carpets of brilliant white snowdrops surround the lake in this world-famous garden from February. With winding paths to follow and surprises round every corner, early spring is a special time at Stourhead

Three people on a winter walk

Getting out and about at Lacock Abbey

With spring comes new adventures! With walking trails and guides on spotting birds and flowers in the grounds, what better way to get out in nature than a day at Lacock.

Dyrham Park near Bristol and Bath welcomes snowdrops in January and February as spring blooms

Snowdrops at Dyrham Park

One of the first signs of spring is the annual snowdrop bloom which can be seen in front of the 17th-century house at Dyrham Park in January and February.

Purple crocuses and white snowdrops at Cotehele, Cornwall

Cotehele snowdrops  

Open daily from dawn to dusk, Cotehele garden is a garden for all seasons, with 12 distinct areas for you to explore. This time of year snowdrops are in abundance, helping us see the first signs that spring is on the way.

Daffodils in front of Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire

Valentine's Day Flower Count at Lacock Abbey

Signifying the start of spring, colourful flowers are a welcome sign of the longer, warmer days to come. But can you help us count them?

Snowdrops in a flower bed at Knightshayes

Snowdrops at Knightshayes 

The Garden in the Wood is a great place to see dainty snowdrops, as well as early flowering camellias and rhododendron.

Snowdrops emerge at Trelissick garden, Cornwall

Trelissick's snowdrops 

With the mild maritime climate at Trelissick, early flowering rhododendrons and camellias bring colour to the garden from February onwards. The borders are scattered with hellebores, cyclamen and snowdrops, and the river views are framed and silhouetted by last year’s rhododendron mop heads.

a close up of a snowdrop flower at Glendurgan

Glendurgan  

The valley garden will re-open in February and will start to show signs of early spring, including carpets of snowdrops.

snowdrops in the garden at Newark Park

Discover the snowdrops at Newark Park

Pull on your walking boots and enjoy a wintry walk discovering the carpets of snowdrops across the Newark estate, when Newark Park is open from February.

Greenway house, with snowdrops in flower on the bank in front

Snowdrops at Greenway, Devon 

Greenway's renowned spring garden is filled with snowdrops and camellias when it opens in February. Before spring even begins, you can be transported to it in this woodland garden overlooking the River Dart.

Snowdrops nestled at the base of a tree at Trengwainton Garden in Cornwall

Trengwainton  

When this exotic Cornish garden re-opens in February there will be a great display of snowdrops to see as you wander on the winding paths through this historic garden.

Prior Park's palladian bridge in snow

Prior Park 

Winter in Prior Park gives a chance to wind down and reflect on the year gone by, surrounded by the sights of the garden in winter and signs of early spring, such as swathes of snowdrops.

Snowdrops at A la Ronde

Daffodils and snowdrops

As spring approaches, it is a wonderful time to explore A la Ronde. While there are no leaves on the trees, the estuary sea views are fantastic, and throughout the grounds spring flowering bulbs and shrubs are starting to provide pockets of colour.