Snowdrops will soon be out in abundance, brightening up wintery walks across East Yorkshire. These lovely little flowers are the first to bloom in the new year and are seen by many as a sign that spring will soon be here – hooray!
There’s something special about encountering a blanket of snowdrops when you’re out and about. At a time of year when the outdoors can feel a little stark, these delicate looking white flowers provide a welcome pop of colour in East Yorkshire’s woodlands. And because they flourish in their thousands, they really are an impressive sight! So, get your camera ready and head out to explore some of the best places to see snowdrops in our region.
Burton Agnes HallBack to Top of List
Grab your coat and scarf and head to the gardens of the magnificent Burton Agnes Hall to see snowdrops in the most dreamy of surroundings. The woodland here comes to life with thousands of snowdrops each February and visitors come from near and far to enjoy a peaceful walk and take some incredible photos. Burton Agnes Hall during snowdrop season really can’t be beaten for the cutest family snaps!
Green fingered visitors can choose to buy their own Burton Agnes propagated snowdrops and whilst you’re there, make sure you stop by the café as you’ll find the nicest wood-fired pizzas here too! The perfect way to warm up after your woodland walk.
Garden admission applies and dogs on leads are welcome too.
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Burnby Hall GardensBack to Top of List
You’ll find almost 100 varieties of snowdrops growing in the grounds at Burnby Hall Gardens which is located in the lovely town of Pocklington, on the edge of the Yorkshire Wolds. Wander the nine acres of tranquil woodland and garden, taking in their two stunning lakes as you go which are home to thousands of carp, roach and rudd.
If you’re visiting over the weekend of Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 February 2024, Snowdrop Weekend will be in full swing, with the focus very much on the pretty winter blooms. With information boards and talks from the gardening team, you’ll have the chance to learn more about their gorgeous displays of snowdrops. Winter admission charges apply and dogs are not permitted so you’ll need to leave your four-legged friends at home for this one.
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Sewerby Hall and GardensBack to Top of List
Combine a day out on the East Yorkshire coast with some snowdrop spotting at one of our region’s best loved attractions. Take a trip to the award-winning Sewerby Hall and Gardens to see snowdrops shooting up across the estate but especially in the woodland walk and adjacent to the main path leading up to the house. Take a seat on one of the many benches you’ll find dotted throughout the woodland and take a few moments to yourself whilst surrounded by the 10,000 snowdrops and aconites that grow here. What a sight!
After you’ve finished exploring the 50 acres of grounds and gardens, enjoy a cup of tea and slice of cake at the Clock Tower Café on site or head into Bridlington for fish and chips overlooking the sea.
Admission to the grounds is free of charge until Friday 22 March 2024 (excluding school holidays) and dogs on leads are welcome.
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Sledmere HouseBack to Top of List
It isn’t difficult to understand why Sledmere House has been captivating visitors for over 200 years. It is one of East Yorkshire’s finest country houses, with equally impressive gardens. The 18th century walled garden in particular is renowned for its seasonal interest and inspired planting and it is here that you can expect to see a sparkling displays of snowdrops.
Grab a map from the visitor centre and enjoy a peaceful stroll through the grounds, taking in superb snowdrop views. And if you fancy taking away some of your very own Sledmere snowdrops to plant at home, these can be purchased from the Farm Shop.
Normal entry fee applies and dogs on leads are very welcome.
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Hutton Cranswick CircularBack to Top of List
If you love nothing more than getting out into the countryside and stretching your legs then a circular walk from Hutton Cranswick, taking in the beautiful parkland of Watton Abbey, is a great way to spot some snowdrops.
As you pass through the gate at the driveway of the Abbey, your surroundings will open up into a beautiful meadow filled with walnut trees and a blanket of snowdrops covering the rolling landscape.
The majestic Abbey, which features in a book of haunted houses in Yorkshire, provides the perfect backdrop whist the recently renovated Priory Barn, which dates back to the 12th century, provides a glimpse of what life must have been like centuries ago.
There’s nothing quite like a walk on a bright and sunny winters day and we think this one takes some beating.
Londesborough EstateBack to Top of List
In the picturesque village of Londesborough lies the Londesborough Estate, once home to one of East Yorkshire’s grand manor houses. The house was demolished in 1819 but acres of beautiful parkland remain.
The Londesbrough Estate grounds are privately owned but on two Sundays every February the owners throw open their gates and invite visitors to come along and enjoy the swathes of snowdrops which grow here. Known as Snowdrop Sundays, in 2024 the grounds are open on Sunday 11 February and Sunday 18 February.
Thorpe HallBack to Top of List
Pull on your wellies and enjoy a crisp winter walk in the private grounds of Thorpe Hall Estate, with thousands of snowdrops and aconites to keep you company.
The Grade II Thorpe Hall lies in the village of Rudston, just five minutes from Bridlington. It was built in the early 1700s and is an important part of the local community. The Hall’s snowdrop walks, which will take place on 17 and 18 February 2024, raise vital funds for Rudson All Saints Church.
Fawley HouseBack to Top of List
The 150-year-old garden at Fawley House in North Cave opens by arrangement between February and June each year for groups of between 10 and 50 people. Enjoy the tiered 2.5 acre garden and woodland which is an absolute picture early in the year, filled with snowdrops and aconites.
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We’d love to see your snowdrop walks across East Yorkshire so be sure to tag us in on Facebook, Instragram and X @visiteastyorkshire. And if there are other fantastic snowdrop spots that we haven’t mentioned here then we’d love to hear your suggestions too.