A LIST of the top six places to see spring colours has been compiled by VisitWiltshire.

So we thought it was an ideal feature to share as the days get longer and the sun - at least occasionally - makes an appearance

1/ Abbey House Gardens

Yes, in the centre of Malmesbury, Abbey House Gardens comes to life in spring with tulips and other flowers.

2/ Bowood House and Gardens

A real favourite between Calne and Chippenham, Bowood will be taking part in celebrations this year to mark 300 years of ‘Capability’ Brown. Look out for the Woodland Gardens opening his month with masses of colours from the bluebells and rhododendrons. Later on in the season Bowood hosts Toby Buckland’s Garden Festival.

3/ Stourhead

Famous for its autumn colours, the National Trust-owned Stourhead estate features plenty of spring flowers - stroll around the lakeside paths and look in on the temples and grottos.

4/ Mompesson House

Head south for the courtyard garden at Mompesson House in Salisbury which is sheltered by the walls of the Cathedral Close. It's particularly known for its herbaceous borders and you can even enjoy a spot of tea here on a fine day. Like Stourhead it is National Trust-owned so fees apply but, of course, it's free for members.

5/ Cricklade

North meadow in Cricklade is a National Nature Reserve famed for its snakeshead fritillaries which normally flower in late April. Nearby, is Wiltshire Wildlife Trust's Clattinger Farm, a nature reserve described by Prince Charles as “the most magical ancient series of wildflower meadows”.

6/ Bluebells at West Woods

Of course, West Woods near Marlborough isn't the only place to see a carpet of bluebells in Wiltshire this month - and to be fair we've singled out West Woods rather than VisitWiltshire - but it has become an increasingly popular place to see them.

Let us know which are your favourite places... and see VisitWiltshire's blog here: bit.ly/1VAz9c1