Bluebells in bloom at Speke Hall

Bluebells carpet the woodland to the West of the house at Speke Hall, Merseyside

Every spring, thousands of beautiful bluebells transform Speke Hall's ancient woodland into a blue paradise and it's always a must-see sight. It's no wonder one of the most popular questions we get asked is, "Are the bluebells in bloom yet?"

The answer is usually late March to late April. If you're planning your visit especially to see them, the best thing to do is to check our social media or give us a call if you're not sure.

Speke Hall's garden and estate is open seven days a week, 10.30am-5pm, for an idyllic stroll through this sea of blue. Make the most of your visit to see the bluebells by taking a seat in Home Farm restaurant to enjoy a refreshing drink and an indulgent scone, before popping into the shop to browse the delightful spring range.

Caught a good snap of Speke's bluebells? Don't forget to share it on social media and tag us using @NTSpekeHall. We'd love to share your photos and spread the word about this magical once-a-year display.

And remember, every visit to Speke Hall supports the work we do to care for this special place and helps to make sure our bluebells grow again next year. Thank you.

See bluebells in the garden at Speke Hall
Visitors in the garden at Speke Hall
See bluebells in the garden at Speke Hall
Five fascinating facts about bluebells

1. The bluebell has many names: English bluebell, wild hyacinth, wood bell, bell bottle, Cuckoo’s Boots, Wood Hyacinth, Lady’s Nightcap and Witches’ Thimbles, Hyacinthoides non-scripta.

2. It is against the law to intentionally pick, uproot or destroy bluebells

3. Almost half the world's bluebells are found in the UK. They’re relatively rare in the rest of the world.

4. Bluebell colonies take a long time to establish - around 5-7 years from seed to flower.

5. Bluebells can take years to recover after footfall damage. If a bluebell’s leaves are crushed, they die back from lack of food as the leaves cannot photosynthesise. 

Explore the woodland paths through the bluebells
A path through the bluebell woods at Speke Hall
Explore the woodland paths through the bluebells