Where to Spot Bluebells in Cornwall

March 29th, 2019

Bluebell season is almost upon us! From mid-April to May, we’ll start to see these beautiful flowers blooming up all over Cornish woodland floors.


There is nothing more breathtaking than trekking through a green wood only to come across stunning carpets of sun-dappled blue and purple – and Cornwall has got plenty of locations where you can experience this!


Travel is slowly becoming possible again, so why not start thinking about your next Cornwall break to one of our luxury Truro holiday cottages? For now, while restrictions are still in place, you can explore these beautiful bluebell-filled spots in our blog below.

A closeup of a bluebell flower

Penrose Estate, Helston

The National Trust property, Penrose Estate, is a mixture of farmland and woodland. You can walk around Loe Pool, the largest freshwater lake in Cornwall, to absorb the peaceful views and bask in the general splendour. There are also several paths through the woods, allowing you to explore the nature within.


Here, you’ll find plenty of spring flowers to admire, with bluebells lining the woodland walk through Park Plantation, making the place truly come alive.

Pheasants among bluebells

Godolphin House and Garden, Helston

Godolphin House and Garden near Helston is another National Trust property set in the stunning Cornish countryside, with 700 years of history to explore.


With a garden dating back to the 16th century, this undulating landscape has long enjoyed vibrant carpets of bluebells in April and May.


Here, you can enjoy a peaceful stroll through the tranquil woodlands by the river or explore the historic King’s Garden that has been cultivated into a scene of neat hedges and primroses.

The maze at Glendurgan Garden

Glendurgan Garden, Falmouth

Glendurgan is a tropical garden perfect for families, with exotic flowers thriving in the lower-valley and an extensive maze to explore.


In spring, thousands of wildflowers carpet the sloping sides of the valley’s upper banks, starting with violets and primroses, followed by bluebells in April and May.


Here, you can admire a sea of bluebells, along with a nearby babbling stream and magnolias, which flower later in spring. The view is a quintessential snapshot of British spring and wonderfully contrasts with the exotic plants further into the valley!

A woodland field of bluebells

Enys Gardens, Penryn

Enys Gardens, near Penryn, is a private garden offering 30 acres of tranquil and unspoilt land. The open meadow, called Parc Lye, turns shades of blue in spring when the bluebells are in bloom, and the garden opens for a whole week so visitors can enjoy the natural beauty.


While visiting the garden, you can also take in the ponds and water wheel, the New Zealand garden, the expansive woodland areas with several ancient trees and the flower gardens, which are gorgeous throughout the spring and summer months.

A woodland path bordered by bluebells

Tehidy Country Park, Camborne

Tehidy Country Park covers the largest area of woodland in West Cornwall; there are over nine miles of paths and 250 acres of peaceful woods. By May, these acres are carpeted in cheerful bluebells.


Previously owned by one of the richest families in Cornwall, the estate is now managed by Cornwall Council, who urge visitors to take in the beauty of the local flora and fauna all year round.


Spring makes an especially lovely time to visit because of the characteristic bluebells and leafy glades, perfect for springtime strolls in the sun!

The sleeping woman sculpture at the Heligan gardens

The Lost Gardens of Heligan, St Austell

Thirty years ago, the gardens at Heligan were forgotten under decades of weeds. However, they have since been revived and enjoy a place among some of the best, most popular gardens in England.


You’ll see countless flowers blooming among the Victorian grounds and sub-tropical Jungle gardens. The ancient woodland offers enchanting walks and plenty of bluebell-filled scenery during the spring.


These gardens and parks make wonderful days out, no matter the season. When travel is possible again, why not make your way down to Cornwall and stay with us as The Valley to experience some of this natural beauty for yourself?