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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 you can easily visit while you're in the UK. Don't forget to take a fragrant souvenir home with you as many of the lavender farms will also sell homemade products such as essential oils and natural cosmetics.

Snowshill Lavender Farm

Southwest England

Cotswold Lavender - Cotswold Hills

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

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

Entry: Admission fee

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

Entry: Free

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

Snowshill Lavender field, Cotswolds

Southeast England

Mayfield Lavender - North Surrey Hills

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

When: Daily June to September

Entry: Admission fee

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: May to September, daily 10am to 5pm

Entry: Admission fee

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, East Anglia  

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

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

Entry: Free

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

Kentish Lavender - Kent

Castle Farm Kentish Lavender

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

When: Open daily all year round, but best lavender season generally mid June - end of July. Mon-Sat 9am to 5pm, Sundays 10am to 5pm

Entry: Free. Lavender tours £5/6 per person

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

Northern England

Yorkshire Lavender - York

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

When: 10am to 5pm daily, apart from winter months

Entry: Free

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