Suffolk snowdrops holiday cottages

Suffolk snowdrops

Ellen Drowne 06 February 2023

You know spring is on its way when the snowdrops come out to play. The snowdrop - also known as galanthus - is such a beautiful and delicate flower, and a joy to experience close up. 

Suffolk is a prime spot for fans of these pretty blooms, with a wealth of delightful locations for snowdrop walks, so we’ve compiled a guide to where to see snowdrops in Suffolk.

Spring is a sensational time to head to Suffolk and wander among the snowdrops. We’ve got a wide range of properties that would make the ideal base for your springtime trip, a place to return to after all the lovely fresh air and flower-based fun.  

Ickworth Estate, Bury St Edmunds

The Rotunda at Ickworth Estate, a fabulous neoclassical building set in glorious manicured gardens

The Rotunda is the breathtaking country house at the heart of the National Trust’s Ickworth Estate in Bury St Edmunds, a wonderful place for snowdrop walks in Suffolk. The fantastic gardens, intriguing architecture, and parkland make this the perfect place to visit with friends, family and loved ones. Snowdrops can be found in many places on the estate but mostly in Lady Geraldine’s Walk and the Albana Walk with many different varieties of this special flower to see.  

Address: The Rotunda, Horringer, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP29 5QE

Opening hours: The estate is open daily all year, 9am-5pm, apart from Christmas Eve and Boxing Day. Gardens open 10am-4.30pm.

Kentwell Hall and Gardens, Long Melford

Kentwell Hall, a redbrick Tudor mansion surrounded by parkland

Kentwell Hall is a red brick Tudor mansion, set in acres of awe-inspiring gardens and parkland. The gardens are home to such spring treats as daffodils, primroses, cowslips, violets and, of course, snowdrops! Snowdrop Days take place through February and March, offering a wonderful opportunity to gaze upon the carpets of snowdrops in the shrubbery and backwood. Other events at Kentwell include lambing weekends and Tudor May Day celebrations.

Address: Kentwell Hall, Long Melford, Suffolk CO10 9BA

Opening hours: Snowdrop Days 11am-3pm

Blakenham Woodland Garden, Little Blakenham

A delightful clump of snowdrops in soil bathed in dappled sunlight

Blakenham Woodland Garden is situated in Little Blakenham near Ipswich and combines a mix of traditional English woodland alongside exotic shrubs and trees. It’s a joy to visit in the early spring and summer, when you’ll be able to enjoy an explosion of fabulous flowers from snowdrops, daffodils and charming bluebells to rare magnolias and camellias. A special winter snowdrop weekend is held in February. As part of the event, you will also have the chance to meet some beautiful Suffolk Punch horses.

Address: Blakenham Woodland Garden, Little Blakenham, Ipswich, Suffolk IP8 4LZ

Opening hours: March 1- June 30, 9.30am-4.30pm

Sotterley Estate, Sotterley nr Southwold

A woodland carpeted in snowdrops

The Sotterley Estate is set in extensive parkland in north-east Suffolk. The estate is home to many species of birds and wildlife, and has equestrian facilities and more than 400 acres of woodland. It takes a keen interest in restoring nature and rebuilding ecological systems. Among the events held at Sotterley are its snowdrop days in February and March. You can walk around the hall gardens, walled gardens and lakes to see the snowdrops as they herald the start of spring.

Address: Lower Green Farm, Sotterley, Beccles, Suffolk NR34 7TY

Opening hours: Snowdrop days, 11am-3pm

Fullers Mill Garden, Bury St Edmunds

A pair of snowdrops in sharp focus, with a blurred, sunlit background

Fullers Mill is a captivating 7-acre garden on the banks of the River Lark. Alongside the enchanting woodland, there are unusual shrubs, perennials, and lilies to enjoy and perhaps inspire your own gardening endeavours. Snowdrop days during February provide an opportunity to see more than 100 varieties of snowdrops. As well as taking a tour of the garden, you can chat with guests from local nurseries and gardens who will be happy to make conversation and answer any gardening questions.

Address: Fullers Mill Garden, West Stow, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk IP28 6HD

Opening hours: Snowdrop days, 11am-3pm

See the snowdrops in Suffolk

If you have been inspired by this guide, highlighting where to see snowdrops in Suffolk, then you might be interested in bluebell walks too. We have holiday cottages close to all these gorgeous sites, so click the button below and take the first step towards your Suffolk snowdrop adventure!

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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