Spring gardens and countryside to visit in Kent

Vibrant yellows, blue hues and pastel shades fill the gardens and countryside in Kent this spring. Don’t miss the carpets of bluebells, tulips and bright daffodils at Emmetts Garden, the distinctive bluebell woods at Ightham Mote or Sissinghurst Castle’s world-famous garden ablaze with spring flowers. From the first tender snowdrop to the colourblock drama of daffodils and bluebells, appreciating spring’s procession of flowers carries us through those still-chilly days to warmer times.

The orchard in April

Sissinghurst Castle Garden 

Spring sees the start of the early season bloom, particularly along the limewalk. Another sight not to miss is the orchard, which will be brimming with daffodils and crocuses.

Looking across the daffodil filled orchard to the north side of the house on a sunny day

Ightham Mote 

The gardens occupy fourteen acres, with a sequence of water features running throughout. In spring, the variety of bulbs in the long herbaceous border start to bloom and the orchard is coated in a carpet of daffodils.

The bluebell bank in bloom at Emmetts Garden, a National Trust property in Kent

Emmetts Garden 

Special highlights from mid-March include the tulips, camellias, rhododendrons, azaleas and magnolias. The bluebells too are a sight to behold. Pick up a spring colour map on arrival to seek out the best of the blooms.

Spring daffodils in front of Chartwell house


The 15,000 daffodil bulbs start to to bloom from early spring, along with the crocuses on the front drive. Camellias can be seen springing up around the rose garden walls, before the bluebells start to flower in the woodland.

Scotney spring view daffs

Scotney Castle 

Stroll around 30 acres of garden with colourful displays of flowers and the castle’s reflection in the still moat. The parkland estate trail takes you through Wealden countryside where the first lambs of the season play in the fields.

A woodland filled with bluebells in the Spring

Mariners Hill 

Find tranquil walks and panoramic views of the Weald across Mariners Hill. A visit in spring is a delight as the woodland comes alive with a carpet of bluebells.

A traditional herbaceous border beside a lawn at St John's Jerusalem

St John's Jerusalem 

Pay a visit to this secret chapel and garden, close to bustling Dartford. A variety of spring blooms can be found on the wide herbaceous borders and across the meadow. Garden open on Wednesday afternoons from April.