The amazing tulip festivals in Surrey you’ll want to visit this spring

The amazing tulip festivals in Surrey you’ll want to visit this spring

As the cold winter months give way to warmer weather, Surrey’s historic gardens and stately grounds come alive with a magnificent floral display. Every year, thousands flock to these stunning sites to see the vibrant tulips in full bloom.

From the manicured gardens of royal palaces to sprawling historic estates, Surrey offers a stunning array of tulip festivals and events that celebrate the arrival of spring. Tulip season is in full swing, with everything from delicious varieties to elegant tulip varieties and decorative parrot displays on display.

So, put on your sunglasses and get some inspiration in these gardens, where the tulips shine.

Tulips in front of Hampton Court Palace

Hampton Court Palace Tulip Festival, East Molesey

The Royal Palace will sparkle with color with more than 100,000 lights at the annual Tulip Festival (15 April – 6 May), one of the largest displays of tulips planted in the UK, as bright blooms explode from every corner of the formal gardens and historic cobblestone squares. . Hampton Court Palace has a long association with the elegant tulip, with former resident Queen Mary II being a keen horticulturist and a keen collector of exotic plants.

New this year, thousands of tulips will fall from a Victorian horse-drawn carriage into the heart of the palace courtyards, creating the appearance of a Dutch florist’s carriage in this dramatic Tudor-era space. Dazzling displays will be on display throughout the gardens, including “floating” bowls in the grand fountain. More than 10,000 bright lights will provide the perfect photo opportunity in the Fountain Court, in the heart of the Baroque palace of Queen Mary II.

At 11am and 2pm daily, you can join the palace hosts in the wine cellar via Henry VIII’s kitchens as they talk all things tulip. From the origins and modernity of tulips to their associations with William III and Mary II, the tulip craze, and more. The talks last about 15 minutes.

With flowering periods subject to the weather, the gardeners at Hampton Court Palace expect their displays to look their best in mid-April. Tickets for adults aged 18-64 cost £27.20 off peak and £30.00 peak. Children aged 5-15 must be accompanied by an adult and pay £13.60 off peak or £15.00 peak. Children under 5 go free without needing a ticket.

Dunsborough Park, Ripley, Surrey

(Photo: SurreyLive – Graham Larter)

This magnificent 100-acre estate, dating back to the dissolution of the monasteries, includes a series of historic gardens brought to life through landscaping and garden architecture, laid out in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. It features a mass of vibrant spring tulips, garden rooms, lush herbaceous borders, standard wisteria, a 70-foot ginkgo hedge, a pot plant and a 300-year-old mulberry tree.

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