Snowdrops in Norfolk - where to see them
Published date: February 2020
The sight of snowdrops peeping through the earth in January never fails to cheer us up and brightens these often-gloomy winter months. Despite the cold, these hardy little pretty white flowers can be found thriving in woods, ditches, pastures and orchards across Norfolk. After a long, dark, wet and cold winter their delicate white petals and perfect green leaves are a very welcome sight that signals new life and hope.
Norfolk is blessed with an abundance of snowdrops, flowering between January and March, and there are plenty of opportunities to spot some near you. So, pull on your wellies and wrap up warm and head out in Norfolk to discover some of the county’s most beautiful wintry landscapes that play host to some of the first blooms of the year.
Walsingham Abbey - Walsingham
Marvel at the stunning display of snowdrops that carpet the woodland floor at Walsingham and around its Abbey – a place of religious pilgrimage since the 11th century. With 18 acres to explore, including ruins, woodland and river walks, this is probably one of the best places to see snowdrops mingled with delicate aconites, in Norfolk. 5 miles from Wells-next-the Sea and 8 miles from Burnham Market, the pretty village of Walsingham is very close to other beautiful parts of the county, if you want a full day out exploring the wonders of Norfolk.
Snowdrop walks at Walsingham Abbey are daily from Saturday 25th January 2020 to Sunday 8th March 2020 - 10am-4pm. The High Street Gate will be open for admissions at weekends and half term week - cash only. Admission - adults £5.50, children 6-16 £2.50. For further details, please go to the following website:
Walsingham Abbey, Common Place, Walsingham, Norfolk, NR22 6BP
St Margaret’s Church - Thorpe Market
Nestled within the grounds of St Margaret’s Church, in the small north Norfolk village of Thorpe Market, visitors will find a beautiful display of snowdrops. Each Sunday in February 2020 enjoy the glorious display of snowdrops in the churchyard as well as a warm welcome inside St Margaret’s Church. Hosting a series of art exhibitions, there will be spring plants and hand-crafted metalwork to purchase, honey produced by local beekeepers, woodland crafts, glass gardens and terrariums and willow work, as well as plenty of cake and refreshments! Entry is free and parking is available. February 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd, 12 – 4pm.
St Margaret’s Church, Thorpe Market, Norwich, Norfolk, NR11 8UA
Bagthorpe Hall - King’s Lynn
Take a circular walk at Bagthorpe Hall and see a stunning display of snowdrops that cover the woodland floor. A beautiful rural setting with the snowdrop wood surrounded by farmland.
In conjunction with the National Open Garden Scheme, Bagthorpe Hall will be opening their garden to the public on Sunday 23rd February 2020 - 11am - 4pm
Refreshments will be available including home-made teas and soups made with organic vegetables from the farm.
Admission: Adult: £5.00, Children: Free
For more information, please go to the following website:
Bagthorpe Hall, 4 Main Road, Bagthorpe, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE31 6QY
Chestnut Farm - Holt
These mature gardens have collections of many rare and unusual plants and trees, including a vast number of snowdrop varieties. Chestnut Farm will be opening their gardens on Sunday 23rd February 2020, 11am - 4pm, Thursday 27th February 2020, 11am - 4pm and Sunday 1st March 2020, 11am - 4pm. Light refreshments available. Adult: £5.00, Children: Free.
To find out further details, please go to the following website:
Chestnut Farm, West Beckham, Holt, Norfolk, NR25 6AN
Horstead House - Horstead
See stunning displays of snowdrops in the grounds of Horstead House; a beautiful woodland setting covered with these delicate winter flowering shrubs.
Gardens will be open on Saturday 15th February 2020, 11am - 4pm. Refreshments are available in aid of Horstead Church. Adult: £4.00, Children: Free
To find out further details, please go to the following website:
Horstead House, Mill Road, Horstead, Norwich, Norfolk, NR12 7AU
Raveningham Estate - Raveningham
The Raveningham Estate is probably best known for its spectacular display of snowdrops. Marvel at the beauty of the many different varieties the gardens have to offer throughout February. Their fundraising days are running during February 2020, with proceeds going to the Priscilla Bacon Hospice.
Open 11am to 4pm Sunday to Friday (closed Saturdays) from February 2nd 2020 to February 28th 2020. Their Tea Room will be open too, with soup & a roll and a selection of homemade cakes.
Adults £5, £4.50 concessions and under 16s go free. Dogs on leads are welcome.
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Tel: 01508 548480
Raveningham Estate, Raveningham, Norwich, Norfolk, NR14 6NS
Brinton Hall - Melton Constable
Brinton Hall is located 11 miles from Fakenham and 13 miles from Cromer. It is open to the public occasionally, including dates in February when the snowdrops are at their best. Visitors can book snowdrop and house tours in February that include lunch and a long walk over rough ground. Outdoor clothing and waterproof footwear needed. Refreshments are included. No dogs, no stilettos.
Prices are £24 per visitor and can be booked by going to the following website:
Brinton Hall, Stody Road, Brinton, Melton Constable, Norfolk, NR24 2QH
Blickling Estate - Blickling
In the care of the National Trust, the Blickling Estate comprises of a grand country house and extensive grounds that includes 500 acres of woodland, 450 acres of parkland and 3,500 acres of farmland. Take a walk through the woodland and discover clusters of pretty snowdrops from January through to March.
Please check their website for full opening times, prices and other details.
Blickling Estate, Blickling, Norwich, Norfolk, NR11 6NF
Sheringham Park - Sheringham
Visit this National Trust park on the north Norfolk coast and see its beautiful display of snowdrops. The park is free to explore if you are a National Trust member, otherwise it’s just £6.50 per vehicle to park.
Sheringham Park, Wood Farm, Sheringham, Norfolk, NR26 8TL
Oxburgh Hall - Oxborough
This moated country house in the village of Oxborough can be found 10 miles from Downham Market and 17 miles from King’s Lynn. Built around 1482, Oxburgh Hall is managed by the National Trust and is a stunning place to visit, especially when the snowdrops are in flower. Major conservation works are happening at Oxburgh Hall at the moment, so please check their website for more details, including opening times.
Oxburgh Hall, Oxborough, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE33 9PS
Lexham Hall - Nr Swaffham
This family home is not open to the public, but they do open their gardens for charity events a handful of days a year and by appointment.
In February 2020 visitors can enjoy snowdrop walks on Sunday 9th and Sunday 16th. On Sunday 9th February 2020 entrance is in aid of St Andrews Church, East Lexham, with homemade refreshments sold in aid of YANA (You Are Not Alone). On Sunday 16th February 2020 all proceeds are in aid of Norfolk & Norwich Association for the Blind.
11am – 4pm. Adults £6.00, children under 16 free. Dogs on leads. There will also be plants for sale.
Lexham Hall, East Lexham, King’s Lynn, Norfolk, PE32 2QJ
Fairhaven Water Garden - South Walsham
Explore 130 acres of cultivated, wild and natural plantings including a lovely display of snowdrops. Their Feel Good February promotion, that runs midweek for the first two weeks of February 2020, is a Two for One Offer. Bring a friend along to Fairhaven Water Garden on a weekday (Monday 3rd - Friday 7th and Monday 10th - Friday 14th February 2020) and one of you goes free! You will need to quote the code: WFF (Wellbeing Fairhaven February).
Standard admission prices include a 10% voluntary donation as part of the Gift Aid scheme.
Adults - £7.50, Concessions - £6.95, Children (4-16) - £3.95, Children (0-4) - FREE
Not including donation – Adults £6.81, Concessions - £6.31, Children (4-16) £3.59, Children (0-4) – FREE.
Dogs on leads 30p. For full details, please visit their website:
Fairhaven Water Garden, School Road, South Walsham, Norwich, Norfolk, NR13 6DZ