Where to find Bluebells in Hampshire

Bluebells don’t bloom for very long. They appear for just a few weeks at the end of April and the beginning of May. Exactly when they appear can vary, depending on the weather and how shady the location is.

Some of the best places to see them are:

Broomy Enclosure, New Forest

Broomy Enclosure woodland is in Linwood, just past the High Corner Inn.

Durley Mill, Botley

Durley Mill hamlet (between Durley and Curdridge) has woodland around the river packed with bluebells in spring.

Exbury Gardens, New Forest

200-acre Exbury Gardens in the south-east corner of the national park. Carpets of bluebells line Summer Lane and Gilbury Lane Garden. You’ll also see other spring blooming plants such as azaleas, primroses and camellias at Exbury. Admission charges apply.

Hinton Ampner, Alresford

Hinton Ampner country house estate’s small copses are where you’ll find the best bluebell displays (on the circular walk from the house’s car park). Admission charges apply.

Hollycombe, Liphook

The woods at Hollycombe are a carpet of blue with thousands of bluebells. You can take a Bluebell Wood Train ride through the Bluebell Woods and on to great views towards the South Downs and the Sussex Weald. Admission charges apply.

Itchen Valley Country Park, near Eastleigh

Itchen Valley Country Park has 440 acres of woodland and meadows. You can follow marked trails and find beautiful bluebells scattered in the woodland.

Manor Farm Country Park, Burseldon

Manor Farm Country Park, by the River Hamble has more than 400 acres of woodland and open spaces. The most impressive bluebell display is on the north side of “Docks Copse” on the east side of the park.

Micheldever Wood, Winchester

The beech wood is to the south-east of the village. Follow the marked paths and look out for carpets of blue flowers. There’s a small car park on Northington Lane on the south side of the wood.

Oakdene Woods, Gosport

This semi-ancient natural woodland in Bridgemary, Gosport, is sandwiched between Tichborne Way, a disused railway line and a local housing estate. It is a small urban woodland with large oak trees, hawthorn and hazel, bramble and honeysuckle. Spring is the best time of year to visit with good displays of lesser celandines and bluebells.

River Hamble Country Park, near Southampton

A network of trails allows easy exploration of the Country Park where you’ll see beautiful bluebells.

Roydon Woods, near Brockenhurst

Bluebells carpet parts of the woods in spring. You can park at Church Lane and Roydon Crossroads.

Upperford Copse, near Wickham

Enjoy a woodland walk to see the bluebells.

Westwood Woodland Park, near Southampton

Westwood has 150 acres of ancient woodlands and grasslands.

Zebon Copse, Church Crookham

Bluebells carpet the main area of woodland and you can see marsh flowers from the mire boardwalk between April and August.