10 Best Places to See Bluebells in Britain

10 Best Places to See Bluebells in Britain

With the arrival of spring, what better way to celebrate than with a tranquil family walk through a stunning bluebell wood.

Did you know that 50% of the world's population of bluebells is found in the UK? They usually flower from late April to May and we've put together a list of some of the best places to see them.

Photo Credit: National Trust

1) Blickling Estate, Norfolk

Blickling Estate is one of the best places to spot bluebells in the East of England and is definitely worth visiting this spring. Visit Blickling Estate between the end of April through to May and see the Great Wood turning blue. Enjoy a fun walk or cycle around the perimeter of Blickling Park via the multi-use trail (which is adapted for pushchairs), spot the wonderful bluebell carpets and enjoy lots of other family-friendly activities.

2) Standen, West Sussex

Standen is the perfect spot for bluebell lovers – these lovely blue flowers cover around 20 acres across the estate. The woods at Standen are also home to many animals such as badgers, roe deer and fallow deer. Many different species of birds live in the woods so listen out for their songs: try to spot chiffchaffs, magpies or blackcaps. 

3) Cliveden, Buckinghamshire

Visit the famous Grade I listed gardens at Cliveden and enjoy the wonderful panoramic views over the bluebell carpets and the river Thames. Follow the self-guided Cliveden Bluebell Walk and discover one of the most beautiful bluebell spots in the South East.

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4) Clumber Park, Nottinghamshire

Discover the iconic “Bluebell Wood” in Clumber Park which is transformed in springtime. Walk through the ancient woodland and witness the carpet of intense blue under the opening tree canopy.

5) Winkworth Arboretum, Surrey

Wander through Winkworth in late April to see a wonderful bluebell display. Follow the Spring Walk for the best views - the route will take you through the beautiful Magnolia Wood which may be in bloom at the same time.

6) Hardcastle Crags, West Yorkshire

Make the most of bluebell season in Yorkshire with a day out at Hardcastle Crags where an abundance of bluebells carpet the woodland. Enjoy a picnic and get the perfect photograph as you soak up the view. 

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7) Coed y Bwnydd, Monmouthsire

Coed y Bwnydd (196m above sea level) is the largest Iron Age hill in Monmouthshire. In Spring, it’s covered in bluebells, primroses, red campion and orchids. We’re sure you’ll come back home with lots of gorgeous photographs!

8) Basildon Park, Berkshire

The best way to see the bluebells is to follow a parkland walk through the woodlands at Basildon Park. The green walk is perfect for the whole family and is suitable for pushchairs. Download the park map, plan your trip in advance and enjoy the fabulous views.

9) Allen Banks, Northumberland

Spend a lovely family day out at Allen Banks in Northumberland and discover the carpet of bluebells and ramsons, commonly known as wild garlic which covers the woodland floor in spring and early summer.

Photo Credit: Sissinghurst Garden

10) Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Kent

Millions of bluebells create a vibrant carpet of colour amongst the trees at Sissinghurst Castle Garden. Wander and take in the wonderful striking bluebell display with your little ones.
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