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Bluebells - where to find them

The bluebell has been voted Britain’s favourite flower, and it’s clear why when you see a wood covered with these pretty flowers.

Around half of the world's bluebell woods are here in the UK with VisitWoods home to at least a thousand bluebell woods. They are an important part of our heritage and well worth a visit. Bluebells are a protected species so even though they look pretty, please do not pick them.

Where to find them

Bluebells are usually found in woodland and particularly like moist, shady conditions. They are often found in ancient woodland as they thrive in the stable conditions provided there. At home in our woods, there are also several alternative places to see them...


Top 5 Most Unusual Places to spot Bluebells

Arnos Vale Cemetary Wood
In a cemetery

The Arnos Vale Cemetery woods unveils a spectacle of sunken tombstones and crooked crosses leaning amongst the trees and blooms with bluebells in spring.

Bluebells on a roof
Up on the roof

At The Roof Gardens in Kensington discover an urban English woodland garden which is at its best during spring months when the bluebells bulbs reveal a floral carpet.

Bluebells on Skomer island
On an island

Skomer is a small island off the southwest coast of Wales which blooms with bluebells in April when swathes of puffin colonies also arrive to nest on the island.

At a wedding

In Scotland you can tie the knot in the late spring bluebell woods when the woodland floor is blessed with pretty blue flowers. Find out more at the Forestry Commission.

Bluebells on a clifftop
On a cliff

At Portreath in Cornwall you can enjoy the lilac hues of bluebells against the backdrop of the blue sea.


Knitted bluebell
Can you spot these anywhere?

The Hyacinthus Woollius is a very unusual find. Why not create your own knitted bluebell with our free pattern?

DownloadDownload our bluebell knitting pattern

Best time to spot them

The best time to spot bluebells is between April and May. They usually bloom in the south first, slowly spreading north towards Scotland as spring progresses.

Where are bluebells blooming?

The Nature's Calendar project records signs of spring including bluebell burst. The map below tracks where bluebells have already been seen.



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