9 of the best places to see snowdrops in Gloucestershire

Lace up your walking boots and discover 9 of the best places to see snowdrops in Gloucestershire – home to some of the country’s largest displays of the white winter flower.

By Annabel Lammas  |  Published
Spot the first signs of spring at 9 of the best places to see snowdrops in Gloucestershire – including Painswick Rococo Garden.

Transforming woodland floors and gardens across Gloucestershire, the sight of snowdrops is touted as the first sign of spring – with hundreds of snowdrop-seekers wrapping up warm to see blankets of the white winter flowers every season.

Sometimes flowering from as early as mid-January and creating stunning natural displays throughout February, Gloucestershire galanthophiles can get their 2023 flower fix with 9 of the best places to see snowdrops in the county, featuring in SoGlos’s hot list.

Snowdrops at Painswick Rococo Garden

Visitors can explore one of the country’s largest naturalistic plantings of snowdrops at Painswick Rococo Garden. Home to 15 species of the distinctive white flower, it’s also said to be the spiritual home of the tall, honey-scented Galanthus ‘Atkinsii’ variety.

The garden is open daily from Saturday 21 January to Tuesday 28 February 2023, giving flower spotters plenty of chances to see them. It’s dog friendly too, so bring your four-legged friend along for some adorable photo opportunities.

Snowdrops at Batsford Arboretum

Wave goodbye to winter as Batsford Arboretum begins to bloom, with thousands of snowdrops blanketing the grounds. Contrasting against early flowering daffodils, vivid yellow aconites and fragrant daphnes, the 56-acre site is a patchwork of colour that’s sure to get you in the mood for spring.

Snowdrop enthusiasts can even create their own displays at home, with snowdrops ‘in the green’ available to buy at the Batsford garden centre. The arboretum is open daily.

Snowdrops at Museum in the Park

Set in the grounds of Stroud's Stratford Park, Museum in the Park has a gorgeous walled garden where keen galanthophiles can see snowdrops in bloom every winter – open to the public from Tuesday 24 January 2023.

This year, it's also hosting a special opening weekend to celebrate the appearance of the snowdrops on Saturday 28 and Sunday 29 January 2023, when visitors will get to learn all about the walled garden's collection, meet the gardeners and hear the story of Stroud's very own Giant Snowdrop Company. With the opportunity to buy bulbs to plant at home, too.

Snowdrops at Colesbourne Gardens

Considered to be one of Gloucestershire’s most prized collections of snowdrops, Colesbourne Gardens near Cheltenham is home to 250 varieties of the glistening white flowers, with a nearby church, waterfall and lake for walkers to wander around as well.

There are a handful of opportunities to see the snowdrops at this exclusive beauty spot, with Colesbourne Gardens hosting open days every weekend from Saturday 28 January to Sunday 26 February 2023, plus the option to go on a private guided tour during the week.

Snowdrops at Newark Park

With seasonal highlights to see all-year round, flower fans can catch a glimpse of some impressive blankets of snowdrops at the National Trust-owned Newark Park in Wotton-under-Edge this winter.

Just in time for snowdrop season, the garden and estate are open every day from Saturday 4 February 2023 onwards – plus, winter walkers are able to visit on weekends in January, too.

Snowdrops at Cerney House Gardens

Set in the heart of the Cotswolds near Cirencester, Cerney House Gardens is a ‘secret garden’ with romantic Victorian features, where visitors can enjoy woodland walks among masses of snowdrops every January and February.

The garden is open every day, with no need to book in advance. There are also plants for sale at the Potting Shed shop and self-service refreshments available at the Bothy tearoom.

Snowdrops at Rodmarton Manor

Located between Cirencester and Tetbury, Rodmarton Manor is a fine example of an Arts and Crafts manor house, with over 150 different species of snowdrops sprouting in its eight-acre gardens – the main ones bursting into bloom every February.

The gardens at Rodmarton Manor are open for snowdrop season on Wednesday 1, Saturday 4, Wednesday 8, Saturday 11, Wednesday 15 and Saturday 18 February 2023, welcoming visitors from 1.30pm.

Snowdrops at Cotswold Farm

Boasting over 80 varieties of stunning snowdrops, Cotswold Farm near Cirencester welcomes visitors to explore its seasonal spectacle, where they can discover the white flowers blooming in the borders, as well as along woodland paths.

Snowdrop-seekers can head to Cotswold Farm’s gardens every Monday in February 2023, when it’s open from 11am to 3pm, or attend the National Garden Scheme open days on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 February 2023.

Snowdrops at Cotswold Wildlife Park

During the winter months, the snowdrops at Cotswold Wildlife Park burst into picture-perfect bloom, with around 30 different varieties to spot in its distinguished winter garden, as well as natural growers in the West Meadow, near the rhino paddock.

Cotswold Wildlife Park is open on weekends only until Friday 10 February 2023, with plenty of chances to enjoy its winter garden and menagerie of creatures when standard opening times resume.

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