Visiting lavender fields in the UK is a beautiful experience, whether you’re looking for a peaceful escape from the hustle and bustle of city life or want to indulge in some breathtaking scenery.
With their vibrant hues and intoxicating aroma, these magical purple fields of lavender provide a peaceful retreat from everyday life.
From late May until late August, these enchanting landscapes transform into a sea of purple. They fill the air with their sweet fragrance and cast a spell on all who visit them.
If you’re a nature lover or simply looking for an idyllic spot to snap some Instagram-worthy photos, lavender fields offer an unforgettable experience. And after a visit, there’s no doubt you’ll feel happy and calm.
In this post, I share some of the best lavender farms I have visited in the UK. I hope the information and links to the lavender farm websites I have included will help you plan a trip to one or more of the UK’s most beautiful lavender fields.
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Frequently asked questions about UK lavender fields
What is lavender?
Lavender is a beautiful and fragrant plant that thrives in the UK’s fertile soil. Its delicate purple flowers and soothing scent have become a particular feature of many gardens and landscapes throughout the British Isles. The most popular traditional English lavender varieties include Hidcote and Lavandula Munstead.
One of the best things about lavender is its versatility. It can be grown as a border plant, as part of a herb garden, or in containers on a balcony or patio. It’s also relatively low-maintenance, requiring little watering or pruning once established.
In addition to being aesthetically pleasing, lavender also offers numerous health benefits. Its essential oils help alleviate stress and anxiety, promote restful sleep, and even relieve pain and inflammation when used topically.
If you want to incorporate lavender into your own garden or home decor, there are plenty of options available. You can purchase potted plants at local nurseries or online retailers or harvest lavender from the wild (with permission from landowners) and use it for homemade crafts like soaps and candles.
Overall, lavender is a delightful addition to any landscape or home decor scheme.
When do the lavender plants bloom in the UK?
Lavender farms tend to open for the UK lavender season from the end of May until the end of August; however, there is no guarantee that the lavender will bloom when expected as it is heavily dependent on the weather.
Typically UK lavender fields are at the height of beauty in mid-July/early August if the weather has been kind.
If the spring weather has been mild, the lavender will come out early in the season but be gone sooner.
Similarly, the lavender will bloom later in the season if the winter and spring have been cold. This means the flowers will stay longer into summer. Some even continue flowering into September, so there are many opportunities to see these sensational lavender displays.
Most lavender farm websites give weekly updates on the progress of the lavender fields to help lavender lovers time a visit accordingly.
Where are the best UK lavender fields?
There are many beautiful lavender farms in the UK, from Tarhill lavender farm in Scotland and Welsh lavender fields in Powys to stunning English lavender fields stretching from the north to the south of the country.
Wherever you travel in the UK, there will be a lavender farm nearby that you can visit. Forget the French lavender in Provence; Britain produces delicate and varied lavender that will envelop your senses with its scent and colour and bring you happiness.
Helpful tips on visiting lavender fields in the UK
If you can visit during the week, you will find it quieter than at weekends. Also, try to visit early in the morning before the crowds arrive.
If you aren’t a fan of crowds, visit the farms outside of the peak lavender months (July/August).
Be aware that bees love lavender, and there will be quite a lot around. Stay on the designated paths, and don’t pick the lavender, or you might just get stung! If this happens then dap some lavender oil onto the sting. Its medicinal properties will alleviate the pain.
Wear appropriate footwear, especially if it’s been raining, as the ground may be muddy and uneven.
If you are after that all-important Instagram image, wear a colour that will pop against the purple flowers, such as a red dress or yellow blouse.
Map of the most beautiful and idyllic UK Lavender Fields
Best Lavender Fields in England
Cameras at the ready at Mayfield Lavender Farm
The stunning Mayfield Lavender Farm can be found in the leafy suburbs of Banstead in Surrey. It is one of the nearest lavender farms to London and is also close to the Surrey Hills, an area of outstanding beauty.
Whether you’re looking for a tranquil spot to meditate or want to take some Instagram-worthy photos by the props dotted around the 25-acre site, Mayfield’s lavender fields are a must-visit destination.
A red phonebox, red tractor and Silverstream are just a few of the items that pop against the purple hues of the lavender plants. This Surrey lavender field has become so popular that special events, including photography days and a yearly photography contest, see hundreds of visitors participating.
The farm also offers various pre-bookable activities, including guided field tours, workshops on making lavender products and beekeeping days. Yoga sessions among the flowers to soothe your mind and soul are also pre-bookable.
But perhaps one of the best things about Mayfield Lavender is its café. The onsite eatery serves delicious homemade treats like lavender brownies and scones alongside refreshing beverages such as lavender lemonade and tea.
With its friendly staff, stunning scenery, and delicious treats available at every turn, it’s sure to become one of your favourite spots in Surrey. I am lucky that it is the nearest lavender farm to me, so it is a place I visit each year.
Address: 1 Carshalton Rd, Banstead, Surrey, SM7 3JA
Discover the UK’s largest lavender fields at Castle Farm
The 130 acres of lavender fields at Castle Farm in Kent are located near the picturesque village of Shoreham. Luckily it is another lavender farm near me and one I visit each summer.
Established in 1892, Castle Farm is the UK’s largest producer of lavender and the only lavender farm in Kent.
Castle Farm is in its prime in the summer months, from late June to early September, when you can visit these Kent lavender fields and buy tickets for several lavender activities.
Visitors can access the scented lavender fields on a 45-minute Lavender Walk, giving one of the best views of the 100,000 lavender plants at the farm. And spectacular photo opportunities will continue, including the ‘Lavender Bench’, a photographer’s dream.
The Lavender Picnic is another activity at Castle Farm where you can bring a picnic and, for a small fee, have access to one of the smaller lavender fields for two hours. A lovely idea if you are celebrating a special event.
The Guided Lavender Tour is a new event at Castle Farm. Visitors will be shown the different varieties of lavender, followed by a talk on how lavender oil is distilled.
Before you leave Castle Farm, look inside the Hop Shop, where you will find all sorts of lavender-based products to buy. And don’t miss the lavender ice cream or scones at the cafe; they are delicious.
If you visit Castle Farm, there is a small parking fee to pay to enter the farm, even if you only want to admire the lavender fields from a distance.
Visit the Castle Farm Website for more details.
Redmans Lane, Shoreham, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN14 7UB
Taste Lavender Infused Treats at Yorkshire Lavender
Yorkshire Lavender is a beautiful lavender farm located in the heart of Yorkshire. Here, you’ll find fields of fragrant blooms, buzzing bees and unforgettable views of the surrounding countryside.
Yorkshire Lavender grows their crops using sustainable farming methods that respect the environment. They believe in creating a natural haven for wildlife while producing high-quality lavender products that benefit both body and mind.
Wander through the lavender fields and soak up the calming aroma of fresh lavender. There’s nothing quite like it!
There’s also a gift shop where you’ll find various delightful products made with lavender, as well as souvenirs like tea towels and keyrings. There is also a popular range of essential lavender oils, perfect for those who want to enjoy the benefits of aromatherapy at home.
On my visit, I came home ladened with soaps, hand creams, biscuits and natural lavender oil!
Take advantage of a visit to the cafe before you leave. The menu features homemade treats infused with delicious hints of lavender, including scones served with clotted cream and jam and refreshing herbal tea infused with delicate floral notes.
Whether you’re looking for a peaceful retreat or want to experience the beauty of nature at its finest, Yorkshire Lavender is the place to go and one of the must-visit attractions on a trip to Yorkshire.
Visit the Yorkshire Lavender Website for more details.
Terrington, York, YO60 6PB
Enjoy a relaxing day in a purple paradise at Norfolk Lavender
As soon as you arrive at Norfolk Lavender, you’ll be greeted by rows of vibrant purple blooms. The sweet scent of lavender fills the air and immediately transports you to a state of relaxation. A leisurely walk through the fields allows you to enjoy the fragrant beauty and serenity surrounding you.
Norfolk Lavender is England’s premier lavender farm, so it’s a good place to learn about the history and uses of lavender. Visit their on-site museum or participate in one of their workshops. They teach everything from making essential oils to creating a lavender wreath.
If you have children with you, they will love exploring the farm’s animal garden. They can meet rabbits, guinea pigs, goats, chickens and more!
Before you leave, stop by the gift shop. You’ll find an impressive selection of unique products made with lavender!
And if all that activity has left you feeling peckish or thirsty, head to their café for some delicious treats infused with lavender. Try the scones slathered with lavender jam and washed down with refreshing iced tea infused with fresh herbs.
Visit the Norfolk Lavender Website for more details.
Caley Mill, Lynn Rd, Heacham, PE31 7JE
Wander the sweet-smelling pathways at Cotswold Lavender
When you visit Cotswold Lavender, the sweet scent of lavender hits your senses before you even get into the fields. It puts you into a state of relaxation and peace which is why lavender is my favourite flower.
The lavender fields are open for visitors from June through August each year. It’s stunning to see miles and miles of vibrant purple blooms swaying in the summer breeze.
The family at Norfolk lavender have been harvesting the flowers for over twenty years. This makes them one of the leading producers of lavender products in England.
Visitors can wander through the fields or take part in guided tours. These are led by experienced team members who share their knowledge about growing lavender.
In the gift shop, you’ll find an array of beautiful gifts inspired by lavender. These include handcrafted soaps, candles, lotions and other beauty items using natural ingredients with no harsh chemicals added.
From bathtime indulgence to refreshing your wardrobe with scented sachets, visiting the lavender fields is a must when in the Cotswolds.
Visit the Cotswold Lavender Website for more details.
Hill Barn Farm Cottage, Snowshill WR12 7JY
Visit Hitchin Lavender and enjoy sunset music sessions in the lavender fields
The Hitchin lavender farm is an absolute gem in Hertfordshire’s rolling hills, with over 25 acres of fragrant lavender fields. Being only 40 miles north of London, it’s the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and unwind.
Stroll through rows upon rows of vibrant purple blooms as their sweet scent fills the air around you. It’s truly a feast for all your senses!
And if that wasn’t enough, there are also sunflower fields on-site that bloom later in the season. A cut flower field is open from May to October. It is full of beautiful varieties that can be cut and taken home for a fee.
Book one of their popular “Sunset Sessions”, where you can enjoy live music while watching the stunning sunset over the lavender fields. Or indulge in some delicious food and drink from their café while enjoying panoramic views.
Hitchin Lavender is also dog-friendly, so you can bring along your furry friend for a walk through nature.
In short, Hitchin Lavender is an absolute must-visit destination this summer!
Visit the Hitchin Lavender Website for more details.
Cadwell Farm, Arlesey Rd, Ickleford, Hitchin SG5 3UA
Plan a day trip to the Sussex lavender fields at Lordington Farm
Lordington Lavender Farm in Sussex is a beautiful and tranquil destination that should be on everyone’s must-visit list. Located just a short drive from Chichester, this family-run farm boasts over 2,000 lavender plants across three fields.
What makes these lavender fields different from the others is that they are only open for one week each year in July, so it gets extremely busy as the lavender is in full bloom. A few evening events are also available during the week to enjoy music and food in the surroundings of the lavender fields.
Visitors can enjoy walking through the fragrant rows of purple flowers and take in the stunning views of the South Downs National Park.
Visit the Lordington Lavender Website for more details.
Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 9DX
Smell the lavender and pick the sunflowers at Somerset Lavender
Close to the iconic city of Bath is Somerset Lavender, home to 50,000 lavender plants, planted on 5 acres, and comprising 20 varieties of lavender. Stroll through the sea of lilac in the Somerset countryside, and lose yourself in this stunning setting.
The farm also has a Healing Garden, filled with soothing herbs including echinacea and lemon balm.
Sunflowers are a big thing at the farm, and if you bring some secateurs, you can cut and take home some Somerset sunflowers for £1 per stem.
Visit the Somerset Lavender Website for more details.
Horsepond Farm, Faulkland, England BA3 5WA
Book afternoon tea at Cornish lavender for a delicious end to the day
Cornish Lavender is one of the best places to see lavender in southern England.
The lavender farm is on Cornwall’s Atlantic coast by Perranporth, one of Cornwall’s beautiful villages. It enjoys a temperate climate, and the lavender plants are hardy, so you can be sure of a sensational display when the flowers bloom.
Stroll through the Cornish lavender fields before enjoying a delicious cream tea with lavender scones and shortbread. And don’t forget to try a refreshing glass of elderflower and lavender cordial.
In the gift shop, you’ll find essential oils and candles infused with lavender and dried bunches of lavender to scent your home.
Visit the Cornish Lavender Website for more details.
Great Carnbargus Farm, Perranporth, Cornwall TR6 OJG
Best Lavender Fields in Scotland
Visit Scotland’s only lavender field in Kinross
A recent addition to the list of lavender fields in the UK, Scottish Lavender is a new kid on the block but is already one of Scotland’s most Instagrammed and visited summer venues.
Stroll independently through the sprawling rows of lavender or join a guided tour to learn about the distillation process of lavender oil.
The farm is ideally placed next to Loch Leven National Nature Reserve. You can combine a day out at Scottish lavender with a wander around the reserve, the perfect way to appreciate nature’s beauty.
Visit the Scottish Lavender Website for more details.
Tarhill Farm, Kinross, Scotland
Best Lavender Fields in Wales
Experience an overnight glamping stay at Farmers’ Welsh Lavender
Farmers’ Welsh Lavender is in a stunning setting, high in the rolling hills north of the Brecon Beacons National Park. It is a working farm and offers guided lavender field tours, gardens and the distillery.
A secret lake sits on the farm, and wild swimming for a small fee is a popular activity for visitors after a stroll through the rows of lavender.
Lavender products such as lavender balms and lotions can be purchased on-site.
For those who don’t want to leave, staying overnight in the lavender fields is possible by booking a glamping experience in a converted removal van!
Visit the Farmers’ Welsh Lavender Website for more details.
Cefnperfedd Uchaf, Maesmynis, Builth Wells, Powys, LD2 3HU
The UK is home to some of the most beautiful lavender fields in the world. The stunning purple hues and sweet fragrance make for an unforgettable experience that’s perfect for any nature lover or photographer.
Whether you’re looking to take a stroll through the fields, pick your own lavender, or simply enjoy a picnic surrounded by beauty, there’s something for everyone here. So why not plan a visit to one of these magical locations today? You won’t regret it!
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