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Wake up and smell the daffodils!

Daffodils
‘I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o'er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.
 
Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line…’
 
William Wordsworth
 

With the Easter holidays approaching Britain is in full bloom and delightful daffodils are opening their sunny faces all over the country. Here’s our list of the best places in the UK to see these cheering flowers at Easter.

1 – Wallington Hall, Northumberland

Daffodils at Wallington, Northumberland

Wallington House was the family home of a founding father of the National Trust, now the house and its grounds are a popular spot for family days out in Northumberland. The extensive grounds surrounding the house include lawns and lakes, woodland, parkland and farmland, a beautiful walled garden and tropical glasshouse. In the spring, Wallington is full to bursting with golden daffodils and numerous other spring flowers.

2 – Rydal Mount, Lake District

Daffodils at Rydal Mount, Lake District

In the heart of the Lake district, with glorious views over Windermere, is Rydal House and Garden which was the beloved family home of William Wordsworth. The Romantic poet lived here for the greater part of his life, from 1813 to his death in 1850 at the age of 80. Today visitors can enjoy the spectacular gardens designed by the poet himself which are, of course, home to their own hosts of daffodils.

3 – Hampton Court Palace, London

Daffodils and blossom at Hampton Court Palace, London

A visit to the historic Hampton Court Palace, the stunning seat of King Henry VIII, and its remarkable riverside gardens makes a wonderful Easter day out. As well as being home to the world’s oldest puzzle maze, in Spring the palace’s grounds are full of nodding bright yellow flowers. Hampton Court’s daffodils stretching away before the eye below the pale rose blossom of laden trees is a truly beautiful sight.

4 – Threave Garden & Estate, Dumfries & Galloway

Daffodils at Threave Estate, Scotland

Located in the South West of Scotland, the Threave estate has plenty to explore from the glass houses cascade to the charming walled garden. Woodland trails lead to nature reserves among the trees and by the River Dee where visitors can look for wildlife such as falcons and red squirrels. However, at this time of year, Threave’s real gem is the crowd of daffodils that appear on the slopes before the iconic turreted house.

5 – Rowallane Garden, County Down

Daffodils at Rowallane Gardens, National Trust Northern Ireland

This 52-acre estate in Northern Ireland has a wonderful mix of formal and informal gardens. Often described as one of the country’s most beautiful gardens, Rowallane showcases a spectacular array of flora, with rare plants and trees from around the world. In Spring the garden comes alive with colour and the beautiful yellow daffodils that appear are complemented by the bright flowers of the rhododendrons. 

 
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