See the First Bluebells

    If you only do one thing in Spring, come and experience breathtaking carpets of bluebells in Cornwall.

    Bluebells at Enys Gardens

    You cannot take a bluebell for granted. A single bluebell is diminutive, en masse they take your breath away, often growing so close together they transform the woodland floor into a dazzling carpet of shimmering blue. In Cornwall, bluebell season is a visual feat that captures the imagination and draws visitors from near and far.

    These vibrant heralds of warmer days dot woodlands and gardens with their enchanting hues, inviting locals and tourists alike to witness a spectacle unique to this time of year. Across Cornwall, from hidden woodland glades to the sprawling estates of historic houses, bluebells take center stage, transforming the ordinary into realms of magical beauty.

    See our top picks below to find the best places in Cornwall to experience the magic of the bluebells. From Lanhydrock Estate, where you can combine castle exploration with your woodland walk, to the creekside views against a backdrop of stunning bluebells at Penrose Estate, we have a spot for everyone.

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    Here are a few suggestions of where to spot the bluebells in Spring.

    • Within the 30 acre gardens lie the open meadow known as Parc Lye, where the spring show of bluebells is breath-taking; the ponds, where the waterwheel can be found; the flower garden, which is gradually being restored to its former glory; a New Zealand garden, which reflects J.D. Enys’s plant hunting interests, and many woodland areas, which show different types of planting including many remarkable trees.

    • Step into an indigo dream at Lanhydrock where nearly every inch of woodland floor turns blue, from the entrance to the estate right down to the Fowey River at Respryn Bridge. Combine your walk with a visit to Lanhydrock House and its formal gardens.

    • Tehidy is the largest area of woodland in West Cornwall with 9 miles of paths and 250 acres of peaceful woods and lakes to explore, together with a café and a picnic area. With a different type of beauty for every season, Tehidy is an enchanting place to visit all year round, particularly in April and May when the Cornish bluebells appear, making an even more stunning woodland walk. Visitors may stroll around the lake, explore leafy glades or wilder areas of woodland or be immersed in the rich flora and fauna.

    • The hill valley descends from the village of Duloe in South East Cornwall down to the Looe Valley at Sandplace. The road (B3254) winds down and is flanked either side by wooded slopes carpeted with bluebells. If you turn left over the bridge at Sandplace and park up at Tregarland Bridge, you can take the most idyllic walk on a public bridle path just above the Looe River and scenic Looe Valley railway with views of the bluebell woods and also wild garlic brushing your ankles along the path.

    • The National Trust administered Penrose Estate is a mixture of rich farmland and woodland around Loe Pool, the largest freshwater lake in Cornwall and cut off from the sea by a broad shingle bar heaped up by heavy Atlantic seas. There are many paths to explore around the estate and it's a great place for bluebells in early May.

    • Pencarrow House and Gardens lie at the foot of a sweeping valley between Bodmin and Wadebridge. The largely Georgian mansion is still owned and occupied by descendants of the family who settled there in the 1500s and has been open to the public since the 1970s. Bluebells and Wild Garlic carpet the woods in May.

    • Next to the National Trust administered Antony House at Torpoint (where Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland was filmed) is the privately owned Antony Woodland Garden. This superb woodland garden contains 300 varieties of camellias, magnolias, rhododendrons, azaleas plus both indigenous and exotic trees. The garden is also home to a National Collection of Camellia Japonica and divided into three sections: The Wilderness, West Down and the Woodland Walk. From the Wilderness the path leads along the river and into a shaded area of trees, known as the Cathedral, where bluebells and wild garlic dominate the woodland floor in late Spring.

    • Discover Godolphin House and Garden tucked away in lush countryside with over 700 years of Cornish history. You can soak up the atmosphere of peace and antiquity as you explore this romantic home and wander around the 16th-century garden, one of the most important historic gardens in Europe. It has barely changed over the years and boasts a beautiful path taking visitors through its winding bluebell wood.

    • This superb tropical garden is fantastic for families, full of fun, natural beauty and amazing plants. Wander through the garden down to the beautiful hamlet of Durgan on the Helford River and walk beside the carpets of bluebells amongst fragrant rhododendrons. Watch birds and boats, skim stones and build sand-castles, or find a boat-seat, gigantic tulip-trees and ponds teeming with wildlife.

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