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 one of the best places in Merseyside and the North West to see bluebells.

When do the bluebells appear?

At springtime, we often get asked, "Are the bluebells at Speke Hall out yet?" They usually appear from early April to mid-May. 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.

Plan your spring visit

Speke Hall's gardens and grounds are open every day, 10.30am-5pm, for an idyllic stroll through this sea of blue. Things are a little different this year as we're limiting the numbers of visitors on-site to keep everyone safe, so we recommend you pre-book your visit. Go to our homepage for information on how to book.

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Help us protect Speke's bluebells

These iconic spring flowers are fragile and can take a long time to recover if they are stepped on. We understand many people want to get that perfect photo, but you could accidentally cause less bluebells to return next year. Please help us protect them by sticking to the paths.

Thanks to money we raised through our raffle in 2018, we were able to make significant improvements to the main bluebell path in 2019. Not only has this made the bluebells more accessible, but it also makes it easier for you to stick to the path. Thank you.

Share the magic

Caught a good snap of Speke's bluebells? Don't forget to share it on social media and tag us using @NTSpekeHall. This magical once-a-year display is always an Instagram favourite.

Thank you

Every visit to Speke Hall supports the work we do to care for this special place. So whether you're a National Trust member, just visiting for the day or simply purchasing a cup of tea in the restaurant, your helping our bluebells to grow again next year.

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