Walsingham Abbey

THE BEST places to see snowdrops in north norfolk

From late January, snowdrops will begin to pop-up in parklands, gardens and woodlands across north Norfolk indicating Spring is on its way. The carpet of white dainty flowers is a sight not to be missed. See our round up of the best places to see snowdrops in north Norfolk.

PARKS AND GARDENS

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NATIONAL TRUST BLICKLING ESTATE NEAR AYLSHAM

The National Trust 17th century Jacobean mansion on the Blickling Estate, is surrounded by stunning parkland in the beautiful Bure meadows and is great for exploring with the whole family. There will be snowdrops dotted throughout the grounds.

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Snowdrops at Blickling

PENSTHORPE NATURAL PARK NEAR FAKENHAM

Pensthorpe is a true natural wonder. There are many delights the winter season brings; frosty mornings, starling murmurations and romantic low light, provided by the sun. One of the most enchanting spectacles of nature, at this time of year, is the blanket of snowdrops that dress the Wave & Wave Line Garden at Pensthorpe Natural Park.

Designed by landscape and garden designer and Chelsea Flower Show multiple gold and silver medallist, Julie Toll, the Wave & Wave Line Garden is a sea of calming white and green from January through to early March. 

The most common species of snowdrop, which feature in the garden, take the scientific name Galanthus Nivalis, translated from a combination of Greek and Latin meaning ‘milk white flower’ and ‘snow like’. This accompanies two other species that can be seen at Pensthorpe; Galanthus Elwesii and Galanthus Woronowii, and when the winter sun spreads itself low across the landscape, this combination makes the most perfect setting for a heart-warming stroll under the comforting tree canopies of the gardens.

The Wave & Wave Line Garden is one of four gardens at Pensthorpe that encourages visitors to discover a sensory treat of textures, shapes, and colours throughout all four seasons. 

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The historic 11th century Walsingham Abbey is surrounded by 18 acres of stunning grounds and gardens with a magnificent priory; an ancient pilgrimage site. It really is an amazing natural spectacle and provides you with the opportunity to see other rare flowers as well. The carpet of snowdrops is prevalent due to the perfect conditions; deciduous woodland with chalky, alkaline, humus-rich soil with good drainage, which never dries out in summer and the open tree canopy lets through plenty of light.

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FAIRHAVEN WOODLAND & WATER GARDEN, SOUTH WALSHAM

An award-winning garden set over 130 acres which is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers. Spot the snowdrops as you wander around the gardens. Enjoy four miles of woodland pathways and exploring the private Broads.

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Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden

NATIONAL TRUST SHERINGHAM PARK, UPPER SHERINGHAM

Head to stunning Sheringham Park to see a fantastic display of snowdrops. As you stroll through the park, you may spot a deer and make sure you climb the viewing tower for the best views. During Spring, you will also see a large variety of azaleas, rhododendrons and bluebells.

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Sheringham Park