Bluebells at Winkworth Arboretum
Take a walk through Winkworth in late April and you'll find one of Britain's most beloved natural sights: beautiful bluebells growing across the woodland floor.
Best bits of blue
Wander through the Arboretum at the right time and you'll be hard-pressed not to come across a pretty patch of purple. For the best views, follow the Spring Walk and you'll head right into Bluebell Wood, where the most spectacular swathes await. This route also takes you through Magnolia Wood, which - if the weather is right - may be in bloom at the same time.
Planning your visit
Our bluebell display always brings us lots of visitors. Please bear with us whilst we welcome everyone in. We ask you to avoid arriving before 10am, as the gates are locked until and you won't be able to get in.
Like all other places with spectacular shows of bluebells, Winkworth can be very busy between April and May. It's usually quieter outside school holidays, on weekdays and earlier in the morning.
The tea-room serves hot and cold drinks, as well as lunches, snacks and icecreams.
A uniquely British spectacle
The well-loved riot of purple is a welcome sign of spring and a truly unforgettable display. It's estimated that 50% of the world's population of bluebells is found in the UK; our native species, Hyacinthoides non-scripta, can be identified by its dark shade, cream-coloured pollen and subtle, sweet scent.
We work hard to ensure that our native bluebells are not overtaken by their Spanish equivalent, Hyacinthoides hispanica, whose flowers are paler and smell more like onion.
Looking after what we've got
Bluebell season is hugely popular with visitors across the National Trust. To make sure the purple swathes return every year, it's crucial to look after them as best we can. Trampling on bluebell leaves impedes their ability to create energy and reproduce, reducing their chances of reappearing in subsequent years; so you can help by avoiding walking through the bluebells and keeping to designated pathways.
When you help take care of the bluebells, not only are you helping preserve these stunning natural scenes for years to come, but you're also helping to look after one of Britain's most vulnerable habitats and home to hundreds of threatened species including butterflies, plants and invertebrates.