10 Best Places to See Snowdrops in Norfolk

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cluster of snowdrops at Walsingham Abbey

We are not talking about a weather phenomenon in this post! Snowdrops are the first flowers to bloom each year. They get their name because of the white colour and drooping shape.

During the peak season, snowdrops can be found all around Norfolk, though some spots have more than others. When you stumble upon one of those places with lots of snowdrops, it’s like stumbling upon snow-covered ground, and the sight is simply breathtaking.

Let me share the best places to see snowdrops in Norfolk.

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bunch of snowdrops
It’s fun to go seek out snowdrops in Norfolk.

About Snowdrops

The official scientific name for English Snowdrops is Galanthus. They were brought to England from southern Europe and Turkey.

The snowdrop flowers thrive in shaded wooded areas and usually grow in clusters. Since these are the first flowers of spring, blooming when it still seems to be winter, they are symbolic of new life and renewal.

When Can You See Snowdrops in Norfolk?

These white flowers bloom January until mid-March. The best time to see them is usually in February.

Where to See Snowdrops in Norfolk

When you see a lot of snowdrops, it’s almost like the ground is covered in snow. Then you look closer and see the individual flowers. Here are the best places to go to see snowdrops in Norfolk.

If you are a galanthophile (snowdrop enthusiast) like me you will want to visit more than one.

Walsingham Abbey

snowdrops with a blurred packhorse bridge in the background
The Walsingham Abbey grounds are filled with snowdrops and other points of interest like the Packhorse Bridge.

If you are only going to one place in Norfolk to see snowdrops, it should be Walsingham Abbey. It’s open every day from approximately the end of January to about the end of February/early March.

You can walk around the grounds (20 acres!) and see the Walsingham Priory ruins in addition to all the flowers. Admission to the Shirehall Museum is also included.

path leading through snowdrops
The Dell at Walsingham Abbey has countless snowdrops.

Advance booking is not needed, but there is an admission charge. Historic Houses members can visit for free.

Read our guide to seeing the Walsingham Abbey snowdrops.

Oxburgh Hall

view of snowdrops with oxburgh hall blurred in the background
You can see why Oxburgh Hall is a popular place during snowdrop season.

The Bedingham family built Oxburgh Hall in 1482 as a statement of power and it’s been their home ever since (they still live in the private apartments). Inside the imposing red brick manor house with a tranquil moat you can learn about the family’s story of Catholic faith and endurance.

The grounds of Oxburgh Hall include formal gardens with a Parterre, kitchen garden, orchard, and herbaceous border and less developed areas like the Wilderness, My Lady’s Wood, open meadows, and more.

In late winter and early spring, snowdrops and bright yellow aconites create quite the display in the uncultivated areas. You can also see some around the borders of the formal gardens.

After enjoying the snowdrops, be sure to go inside that Hall so you can learn more about the 6th Baronet. He created much of what you see today, from the Victorian Gothic interiors to the elaborate architectural additions that reveal a romantic view of Oxburgh’s medieval past.

There is an admission charge for non-members. While dogs on a short lead are welcome in the gardens, parkland, bookshop and tea room, only assistance dogs are allowed in the Hall.

On some days, they will offer a special immersive tour that includes seeing the house’s priest hole. You cannot book this in advance so please ask about it when you arrive, there is no additional charge.

The Oxburgh Chapel Lodge on the grounds of Oxburgh Hall has been converted to a holiday home by the National Trust. When you stay there, you can visit any National Trust sites for free. Find out more about it here.

Learn more about visiting here.

Sheringham Park

snowdrops around a fallen branch at Sheringham Park
You can find snowdrops in different areas of Sheringham Park.

Sheringham Park is the grounds around Sheringham Hall, just south of the town of Sheringham. It was built by the Upcher family and then acquired by the National Trust. While the Hall is privately owned and occupied, the park is open to the public.

During late winter and early spring, Sheringham Park has beautiful displays of snowdrops. You can see the Galanthus plicatus ‘Upcher’ variety of snowdrops which was named after the Upcher family.

As you explore the park, keep an eye out for deer. It’s also a good time of year for birdwatching since the trees are bare, you might be able to see Nuthatches, great spotted woodpeckers, jays, winter thrushes, chaffinches, and more.

You will also want to climb the 192 steps to the top of the gazebo viewing tower for unrivalled views of the North Norfolk coastline. Then take a stroll down the gentle path to the temple which stands above Sheringham Hall. 

Sheringham Park is one of those places you can visit all year. It’s also popular during May and June, when the 80 or so species of rhododendrons and azaleas are in full bloom. In May, you will also be able to see bluebells.

While there is no admission charge, if you are not a National Trust member you will have to pay £6.50 for parking. Learn more about visiting here.

Burlingham Woods

snowdrops in the north burlingham woods
You will see lots of snowdrops when you walk through North Burlingham Woods.

Burlingham Woods is a mixture of old and new woodland, orchards, farmland and hedgerows on land owned by Norfolk County Council. It has a network of footpaths that will take you by large patches of snowdrops and even a modern henge, some of these are suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.

To access the area, you can use the small car park by St. Andrew’s Church in North Burlingham. There is no charge for parking and it is free to visit Burlingham Woods.

Blickling Estate

Blickling Estate encompasses a grand country house and extensive grounds that includes 500 acres of woodland, 450 acres of parkland, and 3,500 acres of farmland. Inside the formal gardens around the Orangery, you can see snowdrops mixed with other flowers from January through to March. Later in the year, the Great Woods the best place to see bluebells in Norfolk.

You can make a day out of it and visit Blickling Hall too. It’s a National Trust site, so members can go for free. For non-members, there is an admission charge for the Hall and formal gardens and fee for parking.

If you want to stay longer, there are also some historic buildings on the estate (like the Blickling Tower) that have been converted to holiday homes by the National Trust. During your stay at one of these properties, you can visit any National Trust sites for free. Check out the options here.

Learn more about visiting here.

Fairhaven Water Gardens

Fairhaven in South Walsham is 130 acres of cultivated, wild and natural plantings in the Norfolk Broads with a lovely display of snowdrops. They have almost 4 miles of woodland pathways and their own private broad. It’s a lovely place to walk any time of year and they have some interesting special events.

For best ticket prices, book your visit online in advance. Read our guide to learn more before visiting Fairhaven Water Gardens.

Lexham Hall

The Garden at Lexham Hall is carpeted with both snowdrops and aconites (flower in the buttercup family) during the late winter and early spring months. You can find these flowers all over the woodland garden and the Groom’s Wood which is adjacent to St Andrew’s Church.

Lexham Hall is a family home and never open to the public, but the gardens are open 5 days a year for charity and also “by appointment”. Check out the dates for their snowdrop walks here. They do charge admission for adults, but children are free.

Raveningham Gardens

The 5,500-acre Raveningham Estate in South Norfolk has been home to the Bacon family since 1735. They live in the Grade II listed Raveningham Hall which was built around 1750 for Sir Edmund Bacon the 8th and 9th Baronet.

You can see the snowdrops throughout the Raveningham Gardens when they are open in February (everyday except Saturday). You can see the Priscilla Bacon snowdrop named for Sir Nicholas Bacon’s mother, among more than 150 other varieties of snowdrop.

Visitors will also be able to see the18th century walled kitchen garden with its large glasshouses, the new lake, and the contemporary sculpture in the gardens. They have a tearoom where you can enjoy light refreshments like soup, homemade cakes, and drinks.

They do charge a small admission fee for Raveningham Garden, and on Sundays, they raise money for the Priscilla Bacon Hospice.

Note: Raveningham Gardens is not the same place as the Raveningham Centre where the Raveningham Sculpture Trail and Raveningham Lumiere take place.

Horstead House

Horstead House, a picturesque privately-owned residence, opens its gardens to the public for a single day each year, offering visitors a chance to marvel at their snowdrop display. If you’re unable to attend the designated open day, don’t worry, you can still arrange to visit during February.

As you make your way along the drive towards the house, keep an eye out for the delicate snowdrops that line the path. Venture further into the woods, and you’ll discover even more of these enchanting flowers.

While there is a small admission charge for the gardens, it’s still a fun day out for the whole family. Find more details here.

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