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The best places to see cherry blossom in the UK

The pink petals are adorning trees around the country right now. Here are the best places to catch cherry blossom season in the UK

Ellie Walker-Arnott
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Alexandra Sims
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Ellie Walker-Arnott
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There’s nothing quite like the cheery sight of pastel-pink treetops to remind you that winter is well and truly over. It’s a sure sign that warmer days and longer nights are on the horizon, and now we even have candyfloss-coloured petals to gaze at while we wait. Lucky us. 

The springtime spectacle that is the UK’s cherry blossom season starts in March and lasts until May. In Japan, cherry blossom season is a major event with people flocking from across the globe to see the trees turn rosy. Our own sakura season might not be famous, but if you know where to go you’ll find the UK has plenty of pretty spots brimming with blossom, too.

Head to one of these bloomin’ beautiful places, from cherry tree-edged parks to castles with manicured fruit orchards, to see cherry blossom in the UK. Just make sure you get an eyeful before the blossoms blow away in showers of confetti. 

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Where to see cherry blossom in the UK

London’s botanical HQ is packed with floral wonders come spring. Make time for its Cherry Walk, starting at the Rose Garden at the back of Palm House, which is full of Japanese cherries. Two parallel rows with 15 trees apiece form a blushing runway to Temperate House. Go in April and they’ll also be accompanied by a thousand tulips.

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The fleeting, ethereal beauty of cherry blossom deserves a grand setting, and they don’t come much more opulent than a fourteenth-century castle on the edge of the Lake District. While ‘the stumpery’ doesn’t sound particularly enthralling, that’s where you’ll find Sizergh’s colourful collection of cherry trees. Not only are they a sweet sight for the eyes, they’re also a treat for the castle’s populations of bees and songbirds, as well as badgers and voles who wolf down fruit that drops to the ground. 

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Set on its very own peninsula with panoramic views over the Fal estuary, the air of this Cornish garden is filled with sweet wafts as the cherry and apple trees dotted around the headland burst into bloom. Capture that perfect picture at the Water Tower: a turreted cylinder that looks straight out of a fairytale and is surrounded by delicate white blossoms come April.

In-the-know picnickers will be familiar with this little oasis smack bang in the middle of Cardiff’s Civic Centre. Filled with landscaped gardens and surrounded by majestic Portland stone buildings, including City Hall and the National Museum, this elegant park is a picturesque spot no matter what time of year. But it’s spring when it really comes into its own, when the tree-lined avenues blush pink. 

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Unlike the much more sculpted and hilly Princes Street Gardens at the very centre of Edinburgh, this flat expanse of grass to the south of the city is special for its sheer wide-openness. That also means plenty of space for lines of cherry trees that take over the park as soon as they get their annual dusting of pink. Seeing the delicate blossom in the shadow of Arthur’s Seat is a truly jaw-dropping sight.

Known locally as ‘The Glen’, this park near Fife is a green idyll with woodland walks, tropical glasshouses and a little museum full of natural history specimens. Its cherry tree-lined avenues are a haze of pink in spring, and if you’re after even more of the Asian vibes, there’s also a Japanese Garden with a Kyoto-style bridge and summerhouse. As you wander, look out for the park’s resident peacocks – there are nine.

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Perched on a wooded hill overlooking the Bristol Channel, Dunster Castle (which has been around since Norman times) is an impressive sight. Equally spectacular are its gardens, which take visitors through four different microclimates reflecting different areas of the world. In the River Garden – representing the UK’s own climate – you’ll find flowering cherry trees with flamingo blossoms perched beguilingly above the wild wooded undergrowth.

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