England's loveliest lavender fields

Take in the sights and smells of the British countryside by visiting some of the country's most beautiful lavender fields. With the fullest blooms occurring from June to August, we've compiled some of our favourite purple fields that are easy to visit while in the UK. Don't forget to take a fragrant souvenir home with you; many of the lavender farms sell homemade products such as essential oils and natural cosmetics.

A phonebox in the middle of the lavender field on Mayfield Lavender.

 

South-west England

Cotswold Lavender - Cotswold Hills

Where: Hill Barn Farm, Snow Hill, Broadway, Worcestershire WR12 7JY

When: 8 June to 4 August, daily 10am to 5pm

Entry: £4 for adults and £2 for children

How: Best reached by car, about 2.5 hours' drive from London

www.cotswoldlavender.co.uk
 

Somerset Lavender - near Bath

Where: Somerset Lavender, Horsepond Farm, Faulkland, Somerset BA3 5WA

When: 1 May to 30 September, Wednesday to Sunday from 10am to 5pm

Entry: Free

How: About 20 minutes by car, or 1 hour by bus from Bath

www.somersetlavender.com 

 

South-east England

An airstream caravan in a lavender field in Mayfield Lavender.

Mayfield Lavender - North Surrey Hills

Where: 1 Carshalton Road, Banstead, SM7 3JA

When: Daily from 1 June to 1 September

Entry: £2.50 for adults

How: By train from London Victoria to East Croydon, then hop on bus 166 to the stop Oaks Park in Carshalton Road (the whole trip takes about an hour)

www.mayfieldlavender.com

Hitchin Lavender - Hertfordshire

Where: Cadwell Farm, Ickleford, Hitchin, Hertfordshire SG5 3UA

When: Mid-June to mid-August, daily 9:30am to 5pm (open till 10pm on Tuesdays and Fridays)

Entry: £6 for adults and £3 for children

How: By train from London King's Cross station to Hitchin (the trip takes about an hour), then get a taxi (approximately £8 each way) to the lavender field

www.hitchinlavender.com
 

Norfolk Lavender - Norfolk

Where: Caley Mill, Norfolk Lavender, Lynn Rd, Heacham PE31 7JE

When: Open year-round, but the best time is between June and August

Entry: Free

How: By train from London King's Cross station to King's Lynn, then get a taxi to Norfolk Lavender

www.norfolk-lavender.co.uk
 

A row of lavender fields in Gloucestershire.

Kentish Lavender - Kent

Where: Castle Farm, Redmans Lane, Shoreham, Sevenoaks, Kent TN14 7UB

When: Open daily all year round, but you'll generally find the most beautiful blooms from mid June until the end of July. Mon-Sat 9am to 5pm, Sundays 10am to 5pm

Entry: Free. Lavender tours from £7.50 per person

How: Best reached by car, about 50 minutes' drive from London

www.hopshop.co.uk
 

Northern England

Yorkshire Lavender - York

Where: Yorkshire Lavender, Terrington, York, North Yorkshire, YO60 6PB

When: 23 March to 29 September, 10am to 5pm daily

Entry: Free

How: About 30 minutes by car from York or an hour by bus 180 towards Castle Howard

www.yorkshirelavender.com