York’s famous Roman walls, first built in 71 AD, boast of an exceedingly rich heritage — from the Roman occupation to the mysterious murder of the Princes in the Tower —also boast of a golden display during Spring. The council have cultivated the growth of thousands of daffodils, stretching around the entire 3.4km of walls!
2. Gloucesterhire, England
Dymock Woods host picturesque views and a special afternoon tea are just some of the
options for this celebration of the meadow’s 42nd anniversary; first started by four Kempley ladies in 1975 to raise money for local churches.
3. Cornwall, England
Cotehele also has an upcoming daffodil weekend on the 18-19th March so if Gloucestershire is a little too far out for some, then maybe this impressive Tudor estate would be more suitable. Cotehele is home to some 200 year-old heirloom varieties and daffodil sculptures!
4. Cumbria, England
Acorn Bank, sheltered between seventeenth century walls, promises
to be the prettiest picnic spot this Spring. The late Dorothy Una Ratcliffe who owned the estate was known as “the lady of a million daffodils” so, as part of her legacy, an expansive wildflower garden complete with the ‘Easter lillies’ is also on view.
5. Powys, Wales
Powis Castle, a Medieval fortress, once home to the Prince of Powys, was revived by the 4th Earl of Powis and his wife Lady Violet. Now, the castle is the perfect day out to keep both adults and children enchanted by the sea of Narcissus pseudonarcissus daffodils and the romantic long gallery.
6. Vale of Glamorgan, Wales
Dyffryn Gardens are overlooked by the Mansion House, a stunning piece of Edwardian architecture. The Gardens are renowned for their daffodil gardens and even more so for their specialty breed, Narcissus Dyffryn, which reached international fame in 2014.
7. County Londonderry, Northern Ireland
600 bulbs were planted last Autumn within the grounds of a 17th Century plantation house and now every weekend throughout March is the ‘Daffodils Danders’ event.
8. County Down, Northern Ireland
Castle Ward is perfect for cyclists, hikers and adventurers. Trails etched into the ground in every direction to follow the winding daffodil path towards and away from the 18th Century Mansion and farmyard. And afterwards? Relax in the courtyard cafe with a good book.
9. Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Castle Fraser finds itself under siege from its army of spring daffodils this March. A dazzling display sees the perfect scene for a family day out amongst one of Scotland’s finest national jewels.
10. Castle Douglas, Scotland
Threave Gardens has been cultivated and managed over many years by students of the National Trust’s School of Heritage Gardening. Climb inside the history of the house, built for the Gordon family in 1872, and then take a peek inside the Bat Reserve or the Osprey bird spotting house — as well as, of course, the sunny daffodils.
By Heather Lukins