Places to see Snowdrops in Yorkshire – Snowdrops, beautiful white flowers that make the late winter months slightly less doleful and give nature and human-kind hope that spring is well on the way. Snowdrops can be enjoyed all over the UK, both in the wild and in gardens. Interestingly, the snowdrop isn’t a UK native. They became popular in the Victorian era but, due to the flower being known as several different things (for example milk flower and Galanthus) no one knows when they were first introduced to the UK. The first records of the flower being found in the wild date from 1778, however botanist John Gerard described the snowdrop in his writings from 1597.
There are many stunning varieties of snowdrops to enjoy in and around Yorkshire. They can be found throughout January to March.
Have a look at our list of some of the best places to see snowdrops in Yorkshire.
Burton Agnes Hall
Rudston Rd, Burton Agnes, Driffield YO25 4NB
Burton Agnes Hall is a magnificent stately home , that warmly opens its gates and invites everyone to visit and enjoy. Every February, the hall gardens and woodland enjoys a magnificent snowdrop display.
“Every February, thousands of hardy snowdrops push through the cold winter ground to create a magnificent ‘white carpet’ across the woodland floor here at Burton Agnes. Walking peacefully among these makes a truly memorable day out at the end of the long winter. The beautiful little flowers grow in numbers each year and are such a welcome sight. This biblical symbol of hope reminds us that winter eventually gives way to spring, and announces the new season. Galanthophiles may also like to buy some Burton Agnes-propagated snowdrops ‘in the green’, which is the best way of building a collection.”
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Richmond DL10 6AT
Kiplin Hall & Gardens was built in the 17th Century and has many stories to tell! Exploring the walled gardens, the scenic walks around the lakes and the award-winning tearoom are the ideal way to spend the day with friends and family.
If you choose to visit in late winter or very early spring you can follow the Snowdrop Trail through the gardens and along the lakeside, or take the guided Snowdrop Stroll, then warm up with and steaming drink and delectable piece of home made cake in the tea room.
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Town Head Lane, Austwick, Settle, North Yorkshire, LA2 8BS
Austwick Hall enjoys a tremendous display of snowdrops in February. Extensive drifts of common single and double snowdrops are an impressive sight with examples of over 50 other varieties. Sculptures along the trail make for the perfect early spring walk before settling down to a warm drink and light bite in the cafe.
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Church St, Goldsborough, Knaresborough HG5 8NR
Goldsborough Hall is a 17th century stately home in North Yorkshire and the former residence of HRH Princess Mary. The Hall opens for three snowdrop days in February as well as for other garden days throughout the year. The Goldsborough Hall snowdrops are part of a very important and famous collection, and offers more than 60 different varieties to be seen and enjoyed.
“Two days in February will be solely dedicated to snowdrops – with plant sales, head gardener tours and refreshments served in the Orangery.
The spectacular display of snowdrops in the 12-acre grounds can be seen throughout most of February 2022. Our team of expert gardeners have created a beautiful visual spectacle for guests to enjoy. In the very heart of the picturesque North Yorkshire countryside, this powerful winter display showcases our impressive range of snowdrops!
The Snowdrop Walk includes over 100 different varieties and species”
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Fountains, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 3DY
Fountains Abbey is a World Heritage Site conserving ancient ruins of the original abbey, and the stunning grounds that surround it. The snowdrops at Fountains Abbey were first planted over 100 years ago by the Earl de Grey. As you explore the picturesque 12th century abbey ruins and the Studley Royal Water Garden, you can really appreciate and enjoy the white carpet of snowdrops. A wonderful day out at anytime of the year, but made more spectacular by the winter arrival of the snowdrops.
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Beningbrough Hall, York
Beningbrough Hall, Gallery and Gardens, York YO30 1DD
Beningbrough Hall is a fab stately home just outside of York, and on our list of places to visit snowdrops in Yorkshire. Many visitors helped in 2016 with the challenge to plant 300,000 snowdrop bulbs to commemorate the 300th year of the hall. As winter turns to spring, wander along the ha-ha walk and soak in the views over the south parkland. The colour will flow from the whites of the river of snowdrops into pale purples of crocus and yellow of daffodils.
Have a look at our review to see what else there is to do at Beningbrough Hall.
At the other end of the year, why not visit places to see sunflowers in Yorkshire?