February 2018 - dates tbc
We will be opening the gardens once again for snowdrops in February 2018. The spectacular display of snowdrops in 17th-century Goldsborough Hall’s 12-acre royal gardens are made up of two species – single Snowdrops Galanthus nivalis and double Galanthus nivalis ‘flore pleno’.
Species Snowdrop Walk
A Species Snowdrop Walk was created in 2012 with expert help from Mike Heagney of Tudor Croft, and Della Kerr, both committed galanthophiles.
It features over 50 rare varieties of snowdrops in a newly cleared area of the woods – some so rare they haven’t even been named yet!
The Walk includes G Elwesii, G S Arnott, G woronowii, G James Backhouse, G Magnet, G Hill Poe, G Brenda Troyle and G plicatus Washfield Warham, G Jaquennetta, G Bill Bishop, G Mrs Thompson and G Titania amongst others.
On Snowdrop days, visitors can enjoy access to the grounds of this private former Royal residence, also taking in delicate hellebores and carpets of winter aconites.
They can enjoy a stroll down the quarter-mile Lime Tree Walk, which was planted by royal visitors to the Hall during the 1920s. Plaques on the trees show the dates when dignitaries including King George V and Queen Mary planted them.
Price & Opening Times
On Snowdrop Days, Goldsborough Hall’s gardens will be open from 10am – 4pm (last admission), adults £5 and children under 16 go free.
Please wear warm clothes and bring flat shoes or suitable footwear for the weather conditions. Parking is limited so please travel in groups if possible. Dogs are allowed if they are kept on a lead.
Review by The Independent
Anna Pavord, author of The Tulip and gardening correspondent of The Independent, visited the gardens in February 2011 and wrote about Goldsborough Hall’s snowdrop drifts in White Magic: Britain’s best snowdrop gardens.
Goldsborough Hall's snowdrops are kindly featured annually in Country Life, Yorkshire Life and the Daily Telegraph.