Top 5 places to see snowdrops

Top 5 places to see snowdrops

Jan 28, 2024

‘Tis the season to see snowdrops! You may have seen some peeking through already, or you may be planning where to go come February when they are in full show. Whatever your plans, start with our snowdrop guide, because we love them as much as you do! Click on the headings for more info and pics.

Waterperry Gardens

They are out already! Waterperry is serious when it comes to snowdrops and you will find more than 60 different snowdrop varieties carpeting the ornamental gardens and a spectacular show down by the walk along the River Thame. As well as the beautiful show of snowdrops, Waterperry is great for a run around with a visit to the play area after a must. If your little snowdrops are still full of beans after that then take them on the Waterperry – Waterstock walk for an added leg stretch.

🗓 Snowdrop season at Waterperry for the whole of February ⏰Open 10am – 5pm 💴 Adults £11.50 Under 16 Free🎫 No pre-booking needed

Snowdrop Teas at St Botolph’s Church and Swyncombe Circular Walk 

Stunning!! This is our go-to for snowdrops as the churchyard is absolutely carpeted in white. The Snowdrop Teas are a real highlight and are in the 3rd/4th, 10th/11th and 17th/ 18th of February. Fill up on cake and then go for the Swyncome Circular Walk which starts at the church. This is a tradition you will rinse and repeat every year!

🗓 Snowdrop Teas on the 3rd/4th, 10th/11th and 17th/ 18th of February ⏰2pm – 4pm 💴 Free entry 🎫 No pre-booking

Kingston Bagpuize House 

Open on the 4th February for the first time this year, the snowdrops are out and celebrating. The gardens will be open every Wednesday and Sunday in February then back to Sunday/ Monday in March. The house re-opens on the 18th February. The much anticipated Snowdrop and Plant Fair is on Sunday 25th February (separate entry fee – see website) and is so very quaint. As always with us, the tea and homemade cakes make the visit a true delight!

🗓 Open Wednesdays and Sundays in February⏰ 1pm – 4pm (last entry 3pm) then 2pm – 5pm from March 💴 Adults £10, 12-21 years £4, Primary school aged children Free  🎫 No pre-booking

Magdalen College, Addison’s Walk

Free to Oxford residents, this walk is a joy in normal times but when the snowdrops are pushing through the leaves it adds a whole other level of loveliness. The first snowdrop was already peeking through at the beginning of January but hold off until mid-February for the full parade.

🗓 Open daily ⏰ 10am – 7pm or dusk (whichever is earlier) 💴 Free entry to Oxford residents (plus one)  🎫 No pre-booking required

Oxford Botanic Gardens

You’ll see snowdrops popping up all over the place in the Botanic Gardens, with a fine show in the Walled Garden – the Garden’s oldest section. There are snowdrop tours led by horticulturalists in February or just stand and appreciate the sight of the snowdrops mingling with other spring flowers.

🗓 Open daily⏰ 10am – 4pm 💴 Adult £7.20, under 16 Free  🎫 No pre-booking required


A little further afield?

Welford Park

Welford Park in Berkshire has an unbelievable show in their snowdrop woodlands, considered to be one of the finest in the UK. Take a look at their video on the website for the sheer scale of the white carpet! Open from Wednesday 31st January to Sunday 3rd March .


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