The Best Places for Bluebell Photos in Surrey

best places bluebell photos surreyEach year, during late April or early May my social media feeds are always filled with photos of children in bluebells. And with good reason – the sight of the Surrey countryside full of bluebells is simply stunning, and it’s a beautiful location for some photographs of your children. In fact, it’s become an annual tradition for us to take a photograph of my daughter in the bluebells each year!

So where are the best places to take bluebell photos in Surrey? Here are my five recommendations:


Hatchlands Park

This year we took our annual photograph at the National Trust’s beautiful Hatchlands Park (you can see the photo at the top of this post.) We had a wonderful family day out there, which included seeing the donkeys, visiting their playground, stopping for a picnic and finally visiting the bluebell woods.

There is a path for visitors to follow through the woods, and the walk from the car park to the bluebells and back again is about 2km in total. It was a lovely day out, and a perfect opportunity to take some photographs with the bluebells as a backdrop.


The Isabella Plantation, Richmond Park

The Isabella Plantation is absolutely stunning during the spring months – with not just bluebells in bloom, but a huge number of different brightly coloured flowers, heathers, streams and ponds.

If you’re visiting the park by car I recommend parking in the Broomfield Hill Wood car park which is just a short walk from the Isabella Plantation.

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Kew Gardens

We visited Kew Gardens a few weeks ago – in particular to see the spring blossom – but also saw many other beautiful parts of the gardens as I’m sure you can imagine. Tucked away at the back of the gardens was some gorgeous woodland with bluebells – close to Queen Charlotte’s cottage.

Kew Gardens is so large, that you definitely need a full day to explore it, and there is a lot of walking involved so you may want to save it for when your children are older.


Winkworth Arboretum

Like Hatchlands Park, Winkworth Arboretum is a National Trust property that has a Bluebell Wood. My daughter and I visited last year, which was when we took the photograph above.

Getting to the bluebell wood does involve quite a challenging walk, which may be difficult for younger children, but we found bluebells elsewhere on the site which were easily accessible for an almost two year old.

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Bushy Park

I live close to Bushy Park, so we spend a lot of time there as a family and love to see all of the different flora that blooms through the year.

One of my favourite parts of the park during spring time is the Woodland Garden, which is filled with blossom, daffodils and has some lovely patches of bluebells.


Over to you

Have you seen any other beautiful bluebells in Surrey? I always love to discover new places so please do let me know in the comments below!


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Clare Murthy

Clare Murthy

I’m a newborn, baby and family photographer working with families from South West London and Surrey. I specialise in timeless, natural photography with no props or unnatural posing. I photograph babies at my studio, and families in beautiful outdoor locations. I'm based on the Surrey / London border, close to Hampton Court.
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