The UK is home to almost half of the world’s bluebells, which means come springtime our forests and woodlands are a stunning sight.
Bluebells flower between mid-April to late May as the UK warms up for summer, meaning blue-washed woods are on the horizon.
Note, however, that as pretty as they are, it is illegal to intentionally pick, uproot or destroy bluebells, so be sure to stick to the path and admire them from afar.
Below are some of the best places to see bluebells in the UK this spring.
Lake District National Park in Cumbria, England
How to get there from London: while it’s next to impossible to get public transport up to the Lake District, you can now fly there from London or drive the five-hour journey north. From there, you can explore the National Park to find the bluebell woodlands.
Hampstead Heath in London, England
How to get there from London: simply take the northern line northbound to Hampstead and walk from there or take the 214 bus from King’s Cross and walk for six minutes to reach the park.
Tintern Abbey in the Wye Valley, Monmouthshire, Wales
How to get there from London: to avoid spending 12 or more hours on public transport, take the two and a half hour drive via the M4 to reach the abbey. Make a weekend of it and check out the filming locations for Netflix’s Sex Education while you’re there.
The Clent Hills in Worcestershire, England
How to get there from London: a two-hour drive will land you in the Clent Hills, where pretty bluebells await. Birmingham is the closest city but there are no public transport routes from there to the hills.
Castle Ward in County Down, Northern Ireland
How to get there from London: after a flight to Belfast, you can take two buses (the 215/515 and then the 16e) to the castle or drive for 55 minutes. The scenery of Northern Ireland is stunning, so plan to spend a weekend there and check out the Giant’s Causeway and Dunluce Castle.
Sheffield Park and Garden in East Sussex, England
How to get there from London: you can take a Southern Railway line from Victoria Station, and head to East Grinstead. There, jump on the BBR tram to Sheffield Park and walk 20 minutes to the entrance. The trip should take around two hours which is the same if you were to drive from London.
How to get there from London: a nearly five-hour drive will land you in Bangor in north Wales. Otherwise, you can take a Virgin Train from London Euston which takes just over three hours to get to Bangor, where you can find bluebells sprouting in the town centre.
National Trust Dockey Wood in Ivinghoe, England
How to get there from London: from St Pancras International station you can take a Thameslink train towards Bedford to St Albans City. From there, hop on a 300 bus to Hemel Hempstead, jumping off at Marlowes and get on the 31 bus towards Berkhamsted, getting off at Beacon Road. There, you’ll find yourself in the middle of the wood, in just under two hours, primed to scout the bluebells. The drive from London would take just over an hour.
Kinclaven Bluebell Wood near Perth, Scotland
How to get there from London: train or fly to Edinburgh, then take the X56 from the Bus Station towards Perth, hopping off at Canal Street where you then take the 34 bus towards Spittalfield and get off at Village Hall. One more bus, the 84, will take you to The Knapp where the wood is a 15 minute walk. Otherwise it’s just over an hour’s drive from Edinburgh.
Wepham Wood near Arundel, England
How to get there from London: the drive from London will take two hours, otherwise you can take the hour and a half train to nearby (and very picturesque) Arundel on Southern Railways from Victoria Station and walk an hour into the woodland from there.
Coed Cefn in Crickhowell, Wales
How to get there from London: public transport is possible but taxing. If you’re game, take a Great Western Railway Service towards Swansea and get off at Newport, taking an additional Transport for Wales train to Abergavenny. Once there, find the Station Road bus stop and get on the X43 towards Brecon and get off at Square. From there it’s about an 18-minute walk and the whole thing should take you just under four hours. If you’re driving you can expect to be there in three hours.
Savernake Forest in Wiltshire, England
How to get there from London: take a Great Western Railway train from Paddington towards Bedwyn and get off there. Hop on the 22 bus towards Marlborough High Street and get off at Savernake Forest, a trip which should take around two hours and 20 minutes. If you’re driving, you’ll cut about half an hour off the trip by following the M4.
Pamphill in Dorset, England
How to get there from London: a two-hour drive will land you in the pretty town of Pamphill, where you’ll find bluebell wonders in the woods behind.
Kings Wood, near Challock in Kent, England
How to get there from London: from Victoria, take a Southeastern train towards Ramsgate and hop off at Faversham. From there, you can get the 666 bus to the stop ‘Halfway House’ and walk for 20 minutes to the Kings Wood car park. While public transport will take you two hours, it’s just an hour and a half by driving.
Talbenny woods in Pembrokeshire, Wales
How to get there from London: one for only the most gallant of bluebell lovers, these woods are a four and a half hour drive from London or seven hours by public transport. If you want to brave the public transport route, take a Great Western Railway train from Paddinton to Newport in Wales and jump on a Transport for Wales train that will take you to Haverfordwest. From there, get on a 710 bus towards Little Haven, jumping off at North Leys and walking for 15 minutes to Talbenny.
Fort William in the Highlands, Scotland
How to get there from London: the easiest way to get to Fort William is to fly to Glasgow and rent a car to drive through the Trossachs and Glencoe to reach the Highlands. After already being in awe of the stunning scenery, explore the glens around Fort William to find the bluebell woodlands.
Newton Wood in North Yorkshire, England
How to get there from London: take a London North Eastern Railway train towards Edinburgh, getting off at York Station. From there get a northern line towards Burley, jumping off at Harrogate. The 36 bus towards Rippon will then take you to Nidd Lane End where the wood is a 20-minute walk. The trip should take around three and a half hours or four hours if you’re driving.
Poldhu Cove in Cornwall, England
How to get there from London: to avoid an eight hour one-way trip on public transport, rent a car and drive the five hours to the tip of England and experience gorgeous bluebells and a stunning beach while you’re at it.