11 places to see gorgeous spring colours in Gloucestershire

Make the most of Gloucestershire’s great outdoors this season by visiting 11 of the best places to see spring colours in the county.

By Annabel Lammas  |  Published
Discover 11 stunning places to admire spring colours in Gloucestershire, including beautiful Batsford Arboretum.
Discover 11 stunning places to admire spring colours in Gloucestershire, including beautiful Batsford Arboretum.

From flower-filled arboretums to fields of sunny yellow daffodils, Gloucestershire is home to many spots where spring colours are blooming everywhere!

Whether you fancy a slow-paced stroll through an English country garden, or more of a trek through striking woodland, SoGlos has you covered with 11 of the best places to see pinks, purples, blues and more this spring.

1. Spring colours at Westonbirt Arboretum

It’s renowned for its glorious displays of autumn colour, but spring is just as impressive at Westonbirt, the National Arboretum – with staff going as far as to say the season is the Cotswold attraction’s best-kept secret!

Visit Silk Wood, to see a sea of primroses, bluebells and other wildflowers in bloom, before making for the Cherry Glade, where you can catch cherry blossoms in their prime during April and May.

2. Spring colours at Painswick Rococo Garden

Taking over from its famous snowdrops when springtime comes, Painswick Rococo Garden is home to tens of thousands of brilliant yellow daffodils, carpeting its grounds from the orchard to the Red House.

With all kinds of varieties blooming at slightly different times, visitors can soak up the spectacle throughout March; thanks to the work of volunteer planters in September 2021, there will be plenty of brand-new daffs springing up in the wildflower meadow this spring.

3. Spring colours at Batsford Arboretum

Bursting with “spring blossom throughout March and April”: https://www.soglos.com/culture/51261/Cherry-blossom-season-is-coming-to-Batsford-Arboretum, visitors can experience sensational displays of pink, white and purple at Batsford Arboretum near Moreton-in-Marsh.

The 56-acre site is home to the National Collection of Prunus (Sato-zakura Group) – a diverse group of ornamental Japanese cherry trees, with over 120 flowering cherries found in clusters around the arboretum.

4. Spring colours at Lydney Park Gardens

Discover a tranquil woodland garden deep in the grounds of Lydney Park Estate. Spanning eight acres in the Forest of Dean, there’s plenty to discover – from wonderful wildflowers and scented shrubs to Roman ruins.

The gardens are open throughout May 2022 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays only, so spring on over before the season has finished.

5. Spring colours in the Forest of Dean

From blankets of bluebells to spring flowers like violets and primroses appearing all over the ancient woodland floor, the Forest of Dean is full of colours that spark so much joy in the springtime.

The area is famous for its incredible display of native daffodils around Dymock and Kempley, with ramblers pulling on their walking boots and challenging themselves to The Daffodil Way – a nine-mile circular route that really shows off Gloucestershire’s glorious Golden Triangle.

6. Spring colours at Snowshill Manor and Garden

Nestled in a small village near Broadway, Snowshill Manor and Garden is home to an Insta-worthy orchard with delightful daffodils and blooming blossom during spring – and it’s reopening to visitors from Monday 14 March 2022.

The manor also houses an eclectic collection of extraordinary objects, handpicked by architect Charles Paget Wade for their unique design. Step inside to marvel at all things colourful, even on a rainy day.

7. Spring colours at Sezincote House and Garden

Wander into another world at Sezincote House and Garden, an Indian-inspired paradise in Moreton-in-Marsh – open Wednesday to Friday, as well as on bank holiday Mondays.

With exquisite ornamental features and a vibrant water garden, where many rare plants grow, visitors can enjoy the arrival of spring with a stroll along the shimmering canals and take in the spectacular landscape.

8. Spring colours at Kiftsgate Court Gardens

Thanks to three generations of female gardeners, Kiftsgate Court Gardens in Mickleton is blooming beautiful every spring; and all set to welcome visitors back when it reopens on Sunday 3 April 2022.

See bluebells in early May; apple blossom in the orchard; and catch daffodils dancing beneath the old lime trees all the way up the drive to the house throughout the season.

9. Spring colours at Hidcote Manor Garden

Get lost in Hidcote’s Arts and Crafts-inspired grounds, a magnificent maze of connected garden rooms, as they burst into colour this spring.

Find a quiet corner to relax and enjoy the surrounds, or try your hand at tennis on Hidcote’s court, which is open rain or shine.

10. Spring colours at Cerney House Gardens

Escape to this ‘secret garden’ in Cirencester, where dahlias and alliums can be seen in the spring. An on-site self-service tearoom, The Bothy, is open to all visitors in the mood for some cake and a cuppa after exploring the walled garden and admiring its stunning Victorian features.

Green-fingered guests can also take a piece of Cerney House Gardens home with them, with spring plants, seasonal veg and fresh-cut flowers available to buy from the Potting Shed Shop.

11. Spring colours at Highgrove Gardens

Enjoy a royally wonderful day out at Highgrove near Tetbury, where you can explore the private gardens of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall in bloom.

Led by an experienced guide, join a spring walk around the grounds as they burst into life, with tours available from Tuesday 15 March to Friday 1 April 2022. Highlights include elegant displays of tulips, daffodils and the first signs of spring in the wildflower meadow.

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