I may be a rubbish and disinterested gardener at home, but I love flowers, and snowdrop season is one of those times I’m always trying to spot them nearby. On verges, nearby woods, and sometimes visiting places for snowdrop walks. Here’s some of the best snowdrop walks in Oxfordshire and nearby.
I’d recommend keeping an eye on websites or signing up for their newsletters so you can hear about tickets early. Many places only open for specific weekends. Otherwise during the week will be quieter if you don’t want to drag children round with you.
Snowdrop walks in Oxfordshire
Waterperry Gardens – open a few weekends specifically for the snowdrops. Join a tour to find out more, entrance charge.
Kingston Bagpuize House – private house that opens its gardens in February for snowdrop visitors.
Swyncombe church, near Henley – open for snowdrop weekends (plus refreshments and stalls) in February, details on the church website.
Braziers Park, near Wallingford – open one weekend in February, for snowdrop walks, tours, tearoom and plants for sale
Thenford Gardens and Arboretum, near Banbury – over 600 species are grown, with the Heseltines having been encouraged by the owners at Colesbourne Park to broaden their collection. Open (booking only) on selected dates in February.
Worcester College, Oxford – more unusual place to visit to see snowdrops, or try St Edmund Hall College. Check college public opening hours in advance.
Berkshire snowdrop locations
Welford Park (National Trust) – open 31 January to 3 March (not Mon/Tues) for carpets of snowdrops. Booking recommended
Basildon Park (National Trust) – follow the walks to see the snowdrops.
Magna Carta Island, Runnymede – a small wood with flowering snowdrops at the end of January to early February. Access is via a gate located near to Ankerwycke Farm, in Magna Carta Lane, and then simply follow the signs.
See snowdrops in Buckinghamshire
Stowe gardens (National Trust) – Snowdrop walks at Stowedrop season, through the grounds, start in January through February.
Cliveden (National Trust) – snowdrops found on the west facing side of the gardens, check their snowdrop watch tracker on their website for optimum visiting.
Hughenden Manor (National Trust) – spring flowers and snowdrops
Waddesdon Manor (National Trust) – before the daffodils come out, see the snowdrops on the hill behind the aviary.
Gloucestershire snowdrop walks
Painswick Rococo garden – check their social media for when the snowdrops are out, from January.
Colesbourne Park – Called ‘England’s Greatest Snowdrop Garden’,special snowdrop days the park opens during February for visitors to see its 200+ types of snowdrop. In 2024, open for weekends from January 27/28 until the 25th February weekend
Cerney House Gardens, near Cirencester – a small family run garden, with snowdrops for viewing in the borders and woodland walks during January and February.
Batsford Aboretum – find snowdrops around the walkways and woodlands in January and February.
Museum in the Park, Stratford Park, Stroud – find the snowdrops in the walled garden, from 27 January. Look out for talks about the snowdrops.
Newark Park, Wootton under Edge – open from 3rd February onwards (National Trust).
Rodmarton Manor – open selected dates for snowdrop season in February, from 1.30pm
Cotswold Farm Gardens, near Cirencester – open Mondays in February, or the NGS open days on 17/18th February.
See snowdrops in Northamptonshire
Coton Manor Garden – open for 2 weekends in February and 1st weekend in March for snowdrops and hellebores.
Deene Park, near Corby – snowdrop Sundays on 18th and 25th February. Booking advised.
Baddesley Clinton (National Trust) – snowdrops around the church and in the gardens.
Hill Close Gardens, Warwick has more then 130 different types of snowdrops. The Victorian leisure garden has an annual Snowdrop Weekend, in 2024 on 3-4 February 3-4, plus a guided walking route. They also sell some varieties.
Obviously don’t forget about small woodlands near you, and do watch out for National Garden Society open days, as houses open their gardens on specific days.
If you’re looking out for more seasonal flower visiting tips, check out these other posts:
Where do you see snowdrops near you?