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Where to see Snowdrops in the North East

We absolutely love being outdoors and exploring and one of things I love at this time of the year, is all of the new life sprouting. February is Snowdrop month and I have already seen quite a few poking up from the ground.

We have had a few people message about the best places to see Snowdrops, so I have added some of our favourite places plus some that readers have suggested and I have decided to try and get to each place this year and get some new Snowdrop photos.

If a photo is not credited then they are my own photos!!

Howick Hall, Gardens and Tea Room - In my opinion this is one of the best places to see Snowdrops. They reopen early February for the Snowdrop Festival, which is always a fantastic way to spend the day.

We usually get a season pass and visit throughout the year. The tea rooms are really nice too.

Admission Fees Apply

Large Car Park

Facilities on site

Tea room

Doxford Park - Sunderland - This is my favourite local park in Sunderland. It is only small and you can walk around it in an hour or so but its just lovely here with Snowdrops dotted through the trees. Please note there are no facilities here but it is right next to Morrisons.

Small Car Park

Free Entry

No facilities

Photo Credit - English Heritage

Belsay Hall, Gardens and Castle - We haven't been to Belsay over the last year mainly because they have been doing work on the grounds so we wanted to wait until most of the work was done. You can usually see a lovely display of Snowdrops here.

Admission Fees for non English Heritage Members apply

Large Car Park

Facilities on Site

Café on site

Credit - Heritage Coast

Hawthorn Dene - One of my favourite walks, it is gorgeous here with a mix of open space, woodlands and beach so you can expect to see quite a few snowdrops in the woods here.

Free Entry

Limited Car Parking

No facilities

Sometimes a Horsebox serving hot drinks

Crook Hall - Durham. National Trust have now reopened Crook Hall after it closed a few years ago and it used to be an amazing place to head if you were looking for Snowdrops, so I can't see why it would have changed that much.

Admission Fees Apply for non National Trust Members

Jesmond Dene - I have not physically been during Snowdrop season so I can only go from what I have been told but it does sound like there's a decent display we will be heading along to check it out mid February.

Lots of eateries around the local area

Parking is on the street but there's quite a bit of it.

Toilets in the visitors centre

Mowbray Park - Another local park and I know they have snowdrops now because I have spotted them in few different parts of the park. The flowers here throughout the year are always lovely. Parking all around the park, closest toilets are in Sunderland Museum, Wilko's or The Bridges.

Credit - I-Yorkshire

Fountains Abbey and Studley Gardens always have an epic display of Snowdrops you can easily spend a week here exploring! We recently spent the day and didn't even cover half of the gardens.

National Trust and English Heritage share ownership here so if you are not a member of either you will need to pay entry fees.



Large Car Park

Beningbrough Hall - We visited Beningbrough a few years ago and the grounds are just amazing. Lots of snowdrops to look at and other gorgeous plants.

Fees Apply if you are not a national trust member

Large car park




Ormesby Hall - I am pretty sure that most people who regularly follow our socials will know how much I love Ormesby Hall. It is one of my favourite National Trust properties and we visit quite regularly. Throughout the year you can enjoy gorgeous floral displays including Snowdrops in the woodland. Fees Apply unless you are a National Trust Member



Book Shop

Credit - Thorp Perrow

Thorp Perrow - Again we have yet to visit Thorp Perrow but it is on my to do list for this year and as we are exploring more of North Yorkshire we can not wait to get in here and have a look. Floral displays are epic throughout the year including the snowdrops!

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Let me know your favourite Snowdrop walk and I will add them as suggestions



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