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: 15 June to 7 August, daily 10am to 5pm

Entry: £7 for adults and £3 for children

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


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



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 11 June to 31 August, 7 days a week from 9am to 6pm

Entry: £4.50 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)


Hitchin Lavender - Hertfordshire

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

When: June to August

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


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


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



The Lavender Fields - Hampshire

Where: Hartley Park Farm, Selborne Road, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 3HP

When: Late June to mid-August, 7 days a week from 10am to 5 pm

Entry: £4 for adults and £2 for children aged 2-16 (free bug hunt kit with every paying child), under 2s are free

How: Best reached by car, around a 60-minute drive from London



Northern England

Yorkshire Lavender - York

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

When: 9 April to 25 September, 10am to 5pm daily

Entry: £6 for adults and £3.50 for children

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