Top spots for snowdrops in the North of England

Snowdrops are one of the first signs of life in gardens after the long winter months and a welcome sign that spring will soon be on its way. Here are some of the best places for snowdrops in the North of England – from stunning riverside and woodland displays to Britain’s largest winter garden.

A couple walking past a snowdrop covered banking towards Fountains Abbey

Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire  

This World Heritage Site is a paradise for outdoor and nature lovers. Snowdrop displays are a legacy left by Earl de Grey who planted the flowers along the banks of the River Skell when he owned the estate during the 19th century. There are miles of footpaths and trails to explore and whichever walking route you choose, you’ll find beautiful views. Early spring is the perfect time to explore this amazing place and the surrounding countryside.

Snowdrops in Hill Top Garden, Cumbria

Hill Top, Cumbria  

Look out for stunning pockets of snowdrops in the beautiful gardens at Hill Top, the 17th century farmhouse once owned by Beatrix Potter, when it reopens for the season in February. There are often carpets of snowdrops to be found in the woodland around nearby Tarn Hows as well, which is the perfect place for a gentle stroll throughout the year.

Snowdrops in flower with the house in the background at Wallington

Wallington, Northumberland  

Look out for the delicate white snowdrops blooming in the woodland around Wallington - there are hundreds of thousands to spot, including some unusual varieties, and even more will be planted with your support this year. Keep your eyes peeled for the colourful crocuses that bloom on the lawns in the walled garden too.

A close up picture of snowdrops at Dunham Massey, Cheshire

Dunham Massey, Cheshire  

The seven-acre winter garden at Dunham Massey is the largest of its kind in Britain. Since the garden opened in 2009, over 200,000 double and single snowdrops have been planted, which now create a shimmering carpet of white from late December to early February. The garden contains almost 700 different plant species, including 20,000 narcissi that will also be in bloom in early spring.

Clump of snow drops in winter

Acorn Bank, Cumbria  

Acorn Bank opens at weekends from 18 February so enjoy wandering through the swathes of snowdrops that carpet the wild garden and the woodland walks beside Crowdundle Beck. This tranquil spot is the ideal place for a refreshing stroll on a crisp spring day.

Snowdrops in the gardens at Beningbrough

Beningbrough Hall, Yorkshire  

In 2016 visitors helped to mark Beningbrough's 300th birthday by planting 300,000 bulbs on a new walk along the south ha-ha. As winter turns to spring this area will be blanketed in colour, from the white of the snowdrops to the pale purple of the crocus and the vibrant yellows of the daffodils. Stretch your legs and soak up the views over the south parkland and beyond.

Snowdrops

Sizergh, Cumbria  

Discover a newly planted winter walk filled with scent and colour at Sizergh, alongside the magnificent stumpery garden, the home of evergreen ferns and spring flowering bulbs. Head to The Knoll in the woodland garden for the first glimmers of spring from delicate winter aconites and snowdrops to colourful bluebells and wood anenomes.