Delight your group with a visit to Barnsdale Gardens’ famous snowdrop walk which features more than 9,000 snowdrops. 

Snowdrops at Barnsdale Gardens in Rutland

Source: Steve Hamilton

More than 9,000 snowdrops have been planted by hand at Barnsdale Gardens in Rutland.

Running throughout February 2024, Winter Snowdrop Walks can be arranged for groups at the gardens in Rutland. The walks usually last around two hours and focus on the history and seasonal interest of the lovely plants. 

There’s a special offer which includes garden entry and the tour for up to 25 people with Barnsdale’s owner Nick Hamilton or group travel organisers can opt for a tour with head gardener Jon Brocklebank. Alternatively groups can visit the gardens with general entry and wander around at their leisure. 

Well-known for its seasonal display of snowdrops, visitors can look out for many rare and unusual varieties of the plant. There’ll also be plenty of colour with brightly coloured bark and berries, drifts of Hellebores and the Geoff Hamilton Winter Border which features more than 9,000 snowdrops, all individually planted by hand.

And when you’ve worked up an appetite, there’s also a discount for groups who want to enjoy an Afternoon Cream Tea. 

Other group highlights at Barnsdale Gardens

There are 38 individual gardens across the eight-acre site including the Wildlife Garden, Japanese Garden and Rose Garden. Because of Barnsdale’s range of garden styles and planting schemes, it has been referred to as a ‘theme park for gardeners’. 

Snowdrops at Barnsdale Gardens in Rutland

Source: Steve Hamilton

Groups can have a tour with Barnsdale’s head gardener or its owner.

Guided walks can generally be arranged throughout the seasons and there are a number of events across the year too. 

Barnsdale’s Chelsea Gold Medal award-winning nursery is well worth a visit too, producing a variety of high quality plants including unusual and rare species, most of which are propagated from the gardens. 

The team recommends a minimum of three hours to cover the gardens, nursery, gift shop and tea room and it’s possible to arrange an exclusive group visits outside of normal opening hours. 

For more information and bookings, groups can contact or visit