February is snowdrop month for much of the UK. I’ve gathered a list of places you can see snowdrops this month in my home county, Lancashire, with details of their snowdrop open days. If you’re planning to take close up pictures, go sooner rather than later to catch them at their freshest.
This post was originally published in 2019 and has been updated for 2020. For those who live elsewhere in Britain, I’ve added a link at the bottom for you to research local gardens with good collections of snowdrops.
Bank Hall Gardens, Bretherton
Liverpool Rd, Leyland PR26 9AT
Snowdrop Sundays have been cancelled for 2020
The Grade II listed hall is undergoing a £5.6m restoration project.
Gorse Hill Nature Reserve
Holly Lane, Aughton, Ormskirk L39 7HB
Snowdrop Sunday: 16th February 2020
Open from 12 noon to 4 pm
Admission and car parking are free, donations welcome.
The Cabin Cafe will be selling refreshments and homemade cakes
2 Forge Mill Cottages, Caton, Lancaster LA2 9NB
Galanthus Garden Open Day: Sunday 9th February 2020
Open 11 am – 3 pm
Admission £10.50 including cup of hot chocolate
Gresgarth Hall is the home of Landscape Architect Arabella Lennox-Boyd.
Hornby, Lancaster LA2 8LA
Snowdrop Weekend: 15th & 16th February 2020
Open from 11 am – 4 pm
£5 adults; children over 5 £2
Plants are for sale, and there’s a ceramic and sculpture exhibition plus talks on the history of the castle.
Ballam Rd, Lytham Saint Annes FY8 4JX
Every weekend in February
£3 adult, children over 5 years old 50p
Parkland is open all year round from 10 am to 4.30 pm
Georgian house set in 80 acres of parkland containing a million snowdrops and hosting an interesting programme of events during the year.
Rufford Old Hall
200 Liverpool Rd, Rufford, Ormskirk L40 1SG
From 15th February 2020 (closed on Thursdays and Fridays)
Open 11 am – 4 pm
Prices tbc – free for National Trust Members
More famous for its bluebell walks later in the year, but also has some snowdrops and crocuses.
Weeping Ash Garden, Bents Garden & Home
Warrington Road, Glazebury, Lancashire, WA3 5NS
16th and 23th February 2020
Open 10.30 am – 4 pm
£5 adults, children free
Weeping Ash is the private garden of retired nurseryman, John Bent.
Our neighbouring counties also have beautiful places to see snowdrops during February. Here are some suggestions:
To find snowdrops in Cheshire, check out Adlington Hall and Gardens, Arley Hall & Gardens, Cholmondeley Castle Gardens, Dunham Massey, Ness Botanic Gardens, Norton Priory Museum & Gardens and Rode Hall.
To find snowdrops in Yorkshire, check out Beningbrough Hall, Brodsworth Hall, Burton Agnes Hall, Fountains Abbey, Goldsborough Hall, Kiplin Hall, Mount Grace Priory, Nostell and Thorp Perrow.
To find snowdrops in Cumbria, check out Acorn Bank, Brockhole, Grasmere, Grizedale Forest, Hill Top, Lowther Castle, Sizergh and Tarn Haws.
For other counties, check out this list on Great British Gardens