Top spots for daffodils in the North of England

Few things are more likely to reassure you that spring has arrived than the sight of daffodils. After months of grey skies and rain these first signs of the new season are a welcome sight. Many of the woodlands and gardens that we care for will have colourful displays of daffodils during March and April – here are some of the best spots to see them in the North England.

Daffodils at Acorn Bank

Acorn Bank, Cumbria  

Discover the beautiful drifts of daffodils in the woods around Acorn Bank; you'll soon see why Dorothy Una Ratcliffe, Acorn Bank's former owner, was called the ‘lady of a million daffodils’. The display usually starts with the early 'Lent lilies', a native variety that blooms in the woodlands, followed by the flowering of many heritage varieties in the orchards and on the bank above Crowdundle Beck, including the fragrant white 'Pheasants Eye narcissus'.

Red bricked baroque hall based in sunshine with daffodils in the foreground

Beningbrough, Yorkshire  

Stretch your legs on a spring stroll with eight acres of formal gardens and a working walled kitchen garden to wander through. Look out for signs of spring as the bulbs start to pop up in the borders, including 300,000 snowdrops and daffodils along the south ha-ha walk.

Daffodils at Dora's Field in Rydal in the Lake District

Dora's Field, Ambleside, Cumbria  

Just down the road from Allan Bank is Dora’s Field, a semi-open woodland known for its displays of daffodils, which was once owned by William Wordsworth. When Wordsworth’s daughter Dora died of tuberculosis, he and his wife planted hundreds of daffodil bulbs in her memory, and they still grow there to this day. While away half an hour with a relaxing wander around Dora's Field on a warm spring day.

Daffofils in the garden at Dunham Massey

Dunham Massey, Cheshire 

As winter turns to spring, enjoy the sunny shades of over 70 varieties of daffodil at Dunham Massey, including the golden-yellow dwarf daffodils, Narcissus 'Tête-à-Tête', that bloom in the Winter Garden. You'll also find around 50,000 colourful dwarf Iris and a sea of bluebells beneath the towering oak trees.

Daffodils blooming around Fountains Abbey

Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire  

With daffodils blooming along the river banks, fresh new buds breaking out on the trees and the birds singing away spring has reached Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal. There are 20,000 bulbs in the area around the abbey, and the riverbanks of the Skell will be lit up and glowing gold this spring.

Daffodils in the gardens at Gibside

Gibside, Tyne & Wear  

Gibside is scattered with thousands of daffodils in April, including a heritage variety that dates back to 17th century called Narcissus 'Telemonius Plenus', commonly known as Van Sion. There's a story that the daffodils were gifted by Sarah Hussey Delaval, of Seaton Delaval Hall, to her lover John Bowes, the 10th Earl of Strathmore!

Spring blooms in the gardens at Seaton Delaval Hall, Northumberland

Seaton Delaval Hall, Northumberland  

A wander through the gardens and grounds at Seaton Delaval Hall in March and April is sure to put a spring in your step. Enjoy the woodland walk meandering through historic displays of Van Sion daffodils - thought to have been planted at the same time as the hall was built - and beautiful bluebells in the arboretum.

Daffodils in the orchard in spring at Sizergh Castle, Cumbria.

Sizergh, Cumbria  

The seven-acre garden at Sizergh is full of variety and colour in spring. Look out for original Lakeland daffodils carpeting the wildflower bank and Snakeshead Fritillaria nodding to the cherry blossom above in the Small Orchard. You'll also find dwarf daffodils and blue Muscari nestling among the limestone in the rock garden.

Daffodils on the main drive at Speke Hall

Speke Hall, Merseyside  

When the daffodils on the main drive at Speke Hall are out, then spring has definitely arrived. Thousands of pale and golden flowers appear and the garden team plant three different varieties of daffodils to keep the display blooming for as long as possible.

Sunlight catches the golden-yellow petals of late flowering 'Barri Conspicuus' daffodils, a very old hybrid, seen here naturalised in long grass at Wimpole in Cambridgeshire

Discovering daffodils: stories behind our favourite spring flower 

Explore the history and fascinating stories behind our favourite spring flower, the daffodil.