Our Famous Snowdrops

Our spectacular annual display of snowdrops

Our hidden valley is home to one of the largest naturalised collections of snowdrops in the country.  After an early start and the recent warm spring sunshine, we've had an extended display this year.  Whilst some areas of the snowdrops are now "going over", there are others which are still looking beautiful.  And believe it or not, our first daffodils are blooming already.  So please don't dally if you're planning to visit - come this week.  If you're visiting us on Sunday 24th February, please be aware that there are road closures in place locally, so please leave extra time for your journey - for details click here.  You might also like to visit our Facebook page for the latest pictures from us (and our visitors).  And as a registered charity, remember that every penny you spend here helps us look after this special place for the future.

Your snowdrops visit

We've put together the short practical guide below to help you make the most of your time with us...

1. On busy days, our neighbours kindly allow us to park cars on their field, which is immediately adjacent to the main car park.  It can be wet and occasionally muddy so please come prepared with suitable footwear.  The field is not suitable for visitors with mobility difficulties and large or heavy vehicles - please make yourself known to our team on arrival if this applies to you and we will redirect you.

2. If you like to see your snowdrops in peace and quiet, we recommend arriving early - we open at 10.30am sharp.  We anticipate our busiest times being half term (Saturday 16 - Sunday 24 February) and sunny weekends.  Do bear with us during busy times - we are doing our best!

3. Our paths are made of bark chippings or compacted hoggin and there are quite a few steep hills.  If you are coming with a pushchair or wheelchair, please check out our access guide (or ask for a printed copy when you arrive) which will help you find your way around.  Dogs on leads are very welcome everywhere on site, including the Cafe.

4. We are temporarily expanding the indoor seating area in our Cafe by around a third this year so more of our visitors can enjoy our fabulous range of cakes, freshly-ground coffees and light lunches.  We serve takeaway food and drinks too - more details from our Cafe page.  We also have a range of plants (including snowdrops) for sale here.

5. If you are coming with children, we hope you will have a go at our children's "Big Grow" trail, which is available at the Welcome Desk between 1st and 28th February.  Make time to explore our anniversary maze and to let off steam on our rustic play area, the Hidden Hollow.

6. There are daily snowdrops talks by one of our expert gardeners between 1st and 28th February inclusive, starting at 2.30pm on the Bowling Green in the heart of the Garden.  Lasting 10-15 minutes, this is a chance to hear about the history of the Garden and our snowdrops, and to ask any questions you may have.  The talk location will be clearly signed and the talk is totally free of charge!  For some fascinating facts about snowdrops and their history, check out our blog here.