Day Trips to Leonardslee in Spring

Spring is the best time to visit Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens. From March to June this garden comes alive with a riot of colour. Some of the marvels you can expect to see include Magnolias towering 40 feet high, Camellias in groves, footpaths winding through hills carpeted in bluebells, many hundreds of Rhododendrons and later the show of Azaleas. All these plants produce an amazing symphony of scents.

At every turn, you will find flowers in so many different colours and shapes - all against the backdrop of new leaves beginning to bud among the trees. It is astonishing to see these colours (the Rhododendrons and Azaleas especially) reflected in the Lakes.

When it comes to unusual, rare or threatened plants and trees, our Head Gardener gets very excited. So far, he has listed 140 plants on the brink of extinction, that can be found thriving at Leonardslee.

“All of this wonderful colour and bird song creates a paradise  that has to be seen to be believed. There is so much to see at this time of year that it will take a good few hours to walk round and take in the beauty of this Heritage Garden.”

Naturally, spring time also comes with new life, in abundance. Leonardslee is home to an extraordinary range of wildlife including foxes, rabbits, grey squirrels, badgers, weasels, stoats, shrews, voles, and our now famous wallabies. The estate is home to over 100 free roaming deer, there are three varieties: Sika, Axis and Fallow.

Green woodpeckers are often spotted, while herons enjoy the shallow lakeside water where large carp feed on the surface. Birds regularly sighted in spring include electric blue kingfishers, yellow Wagtails and even Buzzards, who have taken to nesting in one of the giant Sequoia (Redwoods) from California.

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Experience the four seasons at Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens

Book Your Group Visit

This Spring

Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens offers a wonderful experience for groups, with over 200 years of history for you to discover.

Travel organisers are encouraged to book coach day trips and coach tours to Leonardslee in advance in order for group visitors to enjoy ticket concessions and discounted group booking rates.

Please contact us on 0871 8733 389 or use the ‘Enquire’ button below for us to help plan your day.


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For details on How to get to Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens on your day trip via car, coach or rail click here.

Ticket Prices for Group Bookings

  • Pre-booking is advised

  • £11 Adult

  • £9.50 Senior (60+)

  • £9.50 Student

  • £5 Child

Group Travel Information

  • Estimated visit time: 2 - 4 hours

  • Group sizes: 15 - 60

  • Guided tours available: By arrangement

  • Translated tours available: By arrangement

  • Coach Parking: Free on site