The Best Places to Find Bluebells Before the End of Spring

Spring is here and now is the best time to see our British bluebells in full bloom. Find out where to see them as it won’t be long before they’re gone.

Every year many of us travel from far and wide to get a glimpse of our elusive native bluebells, though what we really seek are bluebells in the hundreds – an expansive and beautiful blanket covering the woodland floor.

If you go out searching for bluebells then make sure you know the difference between the native, Spanish and hybrid species.

The British bluebell is a protected species and has a thinner, more delicate stem that droops distinctively to one side, the dangling flowers holding a deep violet-blue colour.

The Spanish variant was brought to our shores in the 1680’s as a decorative plant, popular due to how easily it grows – though since first spotted in the wild just over a hundred years ago it now threatens the native bluebell – it has a sturdier stem that stands upright, holding pale to mid blue, pink or white flowers that flare out more so than our native flower.

The hybrid species is the result of what happens when the native and Spanish bluebell come in too close a contact, it shares characteristics of both and is fully fertile – able to breed with the native species – further threatening the purity and numbers of the British bluebell population.

There are a good deal of places that you can visit to see this wonderful natural event, so take a look at just a few of the ones we’ve found in the local area.

RHS Wisley –  Wisley, Woking GU23 6QB
RHS Wisley is one of several gardens run by the Royal Horticultural Society. The 240 acres of grounds boast a wide variety of flora and there are several glasshouses and model gardens as well.

Spring is here and now is the best time to see our British bluebells in full bloom. Find out where to see them as it won’t be long before they’re gone.

Every year many of us travel from far and wide to get a glimpse of our elusive native bluebells, though what we really seek are bluebells in the hundreds – an expansive and beautiful blanket covering the woodland floor.

If you go out searching for bluebells then make sure you know the difference between the native, Spanish and hybrid species.

The British bluebell is a protected species and has a thinner, more delicate stem that droops distinctively to one side, the dangling flowers holding a deep violet-blue colour.

The Spanish variant was brought to our shores in the 1680’s as a decorative plant, popular due to how easily it grows – though since first spotted in the wild just over a hundred years ago it now threatens the native bluebell – it has a sturdier stem that stands upright, holding pale to mid blue, pink or white flowers that flare out more so than our native flower.

The hybrid species is the result of what happens when the native and Spanish bluebell come in too close a contact, it shares characteristics of both and is fully fertile – able to breed with the native species – further threatening the purity and numbers of the British bluebell population.

There are a good deal of places that you can visit to see this wonderful natural event, so take a look at just a few of the ones we’ve found.

Isabella Plantation – Richmond Park, Kingston upon Thames, KT2 7NA
The Isabella Plantation – located about a mile north from the southern entrance of Richmond Park – is always delightful, containing an abundance of plant and wildlife, not to mention that it’s one of the nearest places to guarantee a sighting of bluebells at this time of the year.

The Wilderness – Hampton Court Palace Gardens, Palace Rd, East Molesey, KT8 9DL
Hampton Court Palace – steeped in history as the home of many monarchs including Henry VIII – has suitably grand gardens filled a with a beautiful array of plants, find ‘The Wilderness’ to see patches of bluebells.

Painshill Park – Portsmouth Road, Cobham KT11 1JE
A Grade I listed landscape garden, Painshill Park has over 150 acres of grounds stretching along the banks of the River Mole with many features including a Crystal Grotto. The bluebells can be found near the woodland areas of the grounds.

Kew Gardens – Richmond, Surrey, TW9 3AB
There’s so much going on at Kew Gardens that it’s hard to find where the bluebells are hidden, if you do visit then seek the woodland behind Queen Anne’s cottage to find its carpet of bluebells.

Claremont Landscape Garden – Portsmouth Road, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9JG
There are several features that make Claremont Landscape Garden a serene place to visit, with the extra reason to visit now being the bloom of the bluebells – if you’ve not been to the landscape garden before then why not visit now.

Box Hill – Tadworth, Surrey, KT20 7LB
The outstandingly beautiful hill offers fantastic panoramic views of the area – great for those days when there are clear blue skies – but what you might not know is of the bluebells they have, most easily found through Box Hill’s Stepping Stones walk.

Horton Country Park – Epsom, Surrey, KT19 8PL
Horton Country Park is a nature reserve near Epsom where’s there’s plenty to see and do. The best spots to see a sea of bluebells are Pond Wood and Butchers Grove.

Banstead Woods – Holly Lane, Chipstead, Surrey, United Kingdom, CR5 3NR
Banstead Woods might be a little less known than the National Trust’s woodland sites but it should not be overlooked, a relatively hidden ancient woodland area with lovely carpets of bluebells.