10 of the best places to see bluebells in the UK

Now's the time to enjoy the amazing carpet of blue that takes over British woodlands. Here's where to go...

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Hatchlands Park, Surrey

Best for: proximity to London

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Hatchlands Park is situated on the edge of the beautiful Surrey Hills and just 45 minutes from central London. Wix’s Wood is an ancient woodland, home to carpets of bluebells which will appear in late April and early May.

For latest updates visit: Hatchlands Park Facebook page

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Buckland Abbey, Garden and Estate, Devon

Best for: history

Buckland Abbey is over 700 years old and now home to a museum full of treasures such as the legendary Drake’s Drum.

The historic Abbey is set in lands full of meadows, orchards and woodlands with The Great North Wood full of bluebells in spring.

For more info visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/buckland-abbey/

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Nymans, West Sussex

Best for: country gardens

The Nymans Estate is home to a garden full of plants collected from around the world set around a romantic old house and ruins. The country gardens were inspired by the bluebell-filled woods that surround the estate.

For more info visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/nymans/

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Lanhydrock, Cornwall

Best for: cycling

Lanhydrock estate has ancient woodlands blooming with waves of bluebells – and off-road cycle trails, with special routes for families and novice riders and bike hire available on-site.

For more info visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/lanhydrock/

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Godolphin, Cornwall

Best for: views of the sea

The 16th-century garden at Godolphin is, one of the most important historic gardens in Europe. Walk through the sea of bluebells in a tranquil and mysterious woodland.

For more info visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/godolphin/

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Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Kent

Best for: panoramic views

Climb to the top of the tower at Sissinghurst Castle Garden and enjoy vast panoramic views of the current working farm and the 450-acre wider estate. Then delve into the woodland to see the 126 million bluebells that grow there.

For more info visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/sissinghurst-castle-garden/

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Dinefwr Park and Castle, Carmarthenshire

Best for: wildlife

Dinefwr Park and Castle is the only designated parkland National Nature Reserve in the whole of Wales, where you can discover ancient trees, rare lichen and fungi and some of the best examples of British wildlife you’re likely to see – including deer. Every spring, Castle Woods is carpeted with thousands of beautiful lilac flowers.

For more info visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dinefwr/

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Dunham Massey, Cheshire

Best for: spotting fallow deer

Dunham Massey is home to one of the north’s great gardens. Stroll down camellia walk to see the bluebell meadow and the largest collection of flowers under the Oaks and Witch hazels next to the Bog Garden.

For more info visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/dunham-massey/

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Hardcastle Crags, West Yorkshire

Best for: unspoilt woodland

Hardcastle Crags has more than 400 acres of unspoilt woodland in the South Pennines. There are tumbling streams, glorious waterfalls and in spring the woodland is awash with bluebells.

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/hardcastle-crags/

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Rufford Old Hall, Lancashire

Best for: formal woodlands with clear paths good for buggies

Rufford Old Hall has 14 acres of gardens and woodland laid out in the formal style of the late Victorian and early Edwardian periods. Enjoy a walk among the small pathed woodland awash with a variety of native trees as well as a carpet of bluebells and crocuses.

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For more info visit: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/rufford-old-hall/

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