Best places to see Bluebells
Find the best displays of bluebells in Guildford and the Surrey Hills
Guildford is surrounded by beautiful countryside that comes alive with bluebells every April and May.
Here's where to find them:
Trails: You will find bluebells all through the woods.
Picnic: Ideal spots can be found for picnics
Dogs Welcome: Dogs on leads are very welcome in the woods
While you are there, don't miss: The stunning views over the Surrey Hills - so take a camera!
Trails: The Long Walk is approximately 4.5k follows the edge of the park through woodland and open parkland with distant views of the house and the wider Surrey countryside. Alternatively you can cross the parkland and walk directly to Little Wix Wood, where you can delight in the scent and sight of these beautiful flowers in this ancient woodland. This circular walk is approx. 3km
Refreshments: The Kitchen Café serves light lunches, snacks, hot and cold drinks and cakes. The Coach House Café serves drinks and is dog-friendly.
Dogs Welcome: Well controlled dogs are welcome in the parkland, courtyard and Coach House Café. Dogs must be on leads in fields where there are livestock, and in Little Wix Wood, the bluebell wood.
Wheelchairs and Pushchairs: There is hard standing path most of the way to Little Wix Wood, but there is also some rough and undulating terrain. A tramper (off road mobility scooter) is available to borrow but it must be booked in advance on 01483 222482
While you are there, don't miss: Hatchlands house is open Tue, Wed, Thu and Sun 2-5pm and is home to the Cobbe Collection -a remarkable collection of keyboard instruments owned or played by famous composers, such as Elgar, Bizet and Chopin. There is also a pre-loved bookshop, café and gift shop in the cobbled courtyard. Children will love playing in Wizard Wix's Willow Warren - a natural adventure area for children, complete with balance beams, stepping stones and a tree house.
Trails: The best place to see the bluebells is out on the estate - there are four way-marked walks to explore, all of differing lengths. Visitors can pick up an estate walks leaflet at visitor reception to find out more about each route. Within the grounds, the path through Preserve Copse will also boast carpets of bluebells.
Refreshments: The Granary Café serves fresh hot meals, soups, salads and sandwiches while the Cowshed Coffee Shop is the perfect place to stop for a coffee and cake or to pick up essentials for your picnic.
Picnic: there are benches in Apple Orchard and Home Farm Orchard in the grounds
Dogs Welcome: Dogs are welcome on short leads in the pleasure grounds, and under close control on the wider estate (but please be aware of grazing sheep and cattle).
While you are there, don't miss: Polesden Lacey is the former home of Maggie Greville, a prominent Edwardian socialite, who was friends with many royals, politicians and celebrities. Explore the house, with its lavishly decorated rooms and beautiful collections of artwork. Visitors can take a house tour or join an introductory talk to learn more about Maggie and the house. The formal gardens are starting to bloom with colour and fragrance - the spring borders are a highlight at the moment, as are the swathes of daffodils across the gardens. There are regular garden tours on throughout spring and summer.
Trails: Numerous walks are available to follow including the Painshill Historic route and the Painshill accessible route.
Refreshments: Painshill has a cafe serving fresh food, drinks and cakes.
Picnic: suitable picnic spots on various grass places through the landscape
Dogs Welcome: Dogs on a lead are very welcome.
Wheelchairs and Pushchairs: there are friendly routes for wheelchairs and pushchairs across the landscape.
While you are there, don't miss: Winding paths will gently guide you on a journey of discovery as you explore many of the mystical follies including the Crystal Grotto, Gothic Temple and Ruined Abbey to name just a few. Enjoy captivating and yourself in Hamilton's Renaissance art inspired vision. Spend a whole day exploring Painshill or enjoy an accessible walk around the Serpentine Lake. Bring a picnic or relax in Hamilton's Tea Room which often serves seasonal dishes grown from our own Walled Garden. Don't forget to pick up a bottle of Painshill English Sparkling Wine (made from grapes grown in our Vineyard) as a memento of your visit.
Trails: Children's spring trail: Head outside into the glorious spring sunshine for an adventure. Learn all about the vast swathes of bluebells here at Winkworth and how to protect them with our spring trail. Normal admission applies, 50p per trail sheet.
Refreshments: Rest and refuel in our tea-room, serving locally sourced one pot meals and soups along with freshly baked cakes and scones.
Picnic: Picnics are welcome throughout the Arboretum.
Dogs Welcome: Winkworth welcomes well behaved dogs on short leads all year round.
Wheelchairs and Pushchairs: Yes- some of Winkworth's best displays of bluebells are on the Access for All walk. It runs through the top of the Arboretum on level ground, making it suitable for buggies and wheelchairs. Pick up a map from the kiosk or refer to their website for details.
While you are there, don't miss: The natural play area, built using sustainable British oak and robinia is the perfect place for children to let off some steam and explore. The wonderful wooden structures give them a sense of climbing amongst the trees. The boathouse is the perfect place to rest your legs and enjoy sweeping views across the lake.
There are a network of footpaths across the Wintershall Estate and Dogs are welcome on leads