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The Yorkshire Arboretum

York

A glorious, 120 acre garden of trees from around the world set in a stunning landscape of parkland, lakes and ponds. Walks and lakeside trails, tours, family activities. We welcome visitors of all ages wanting to enjoy the space, serenity and beauty of this sheltered valley as well as those interested in our extensive collection of trees and shrubs.
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    The Yorkshire Arboretum, nestled on the Castle Howard Estate near York, is a glorious, 120 acre garden of trees set in a stunning landscape of parkland, lakes and ponds. With woodland walks, tours, family activities, a café, gift shop, woodland playground and a busy events programme there’s something on offer for visitors of all ages wanting to enjoy the space, serenity and beauty of this sheltered valley as well as those with an interest in our extensive collection of trees and shrubs.

    Visitors are welcome to follow one of the marked routes around the arboretum or to explore at leisure. In spring the blossom drenched fruit trees and flowering bulbs predominate, giving way to myriad shades of green punctuated by drifts of wildflowers in the summer. In autumn the colours are particularly spectacular as reds, oranges and golds vie for attention. New planting programmes ensure that there is something new to see here on every visit and electric buggies may be booked on free loan to enable those with limited mobility to discover even the most distant reaches of the arboretum.

    There’s a busy events programme offering everything from botanical and horticultural walks and lectures, to have-a-go activities, to arts and crafts workshops. In addition to the woodland playground, children’s activities include adventure back-packs and minibeast trails to encourage little ones to explore, understand and interact with nature and the environment. There are also extra events and workshops available for children during school holidays. Please pick up a What’s On brochure, or check the website for the latest events information.

    Our café enjoys an enviable reputation for its menu of delicious food and drink, prepared on-site using the very best in seasonal, local produce and many of our guests find a piece of home-made cake, accompanied by a cup of Yorkshire tea, an essential part of their visit.

    The Arboretum Shop carries a range of gift, educational and decorative items including books, cards, honey from the arboretum’s own hives, children’s nature explorer kits, and wooden items produced by local crafts people.

    Both the Visitor Centre and the arboretum grounds are available to hire for private parties or corporate events. We are also licensed for weddings and are delighted to offer couples the nearest thing to an outdoor wedding in Yorkshire.

    There’s free parking on site and groups and coach parties are welcome by prior arrangement. Free WiFi is available throughout the Visitor Centre. Dogs are very welcome and we have an 11 acre area where they may be exercised off-lead.

    As a small charity, the Yorkshire Arboretum is entirely dependent on the generosity of volunteers to remain open to the public. A very small staff team work with over 150 volunteers who give of their time to maintain the grounds and collection, support school group visits, lead tours and workshops, and welcome visitors at the ticket desk. We’re always delighted to help visitors enjoy their time here, explain about ongoing curatorial work or events planned, or answer any questions about the collections so please don’t hesitate to stop any of us for a chat. We look forward to welcoming you soon.

Features and Attractions

Internationally renowned collection of trees in a beautiful setting, accompanied by a diversity of wild flowers, birds, insects and other wildlife. Children's playground, cafe and gift shop. Dogs on leads welcome.

For other opening times and information, please phone, email or visit garden website.

The Yorkshire Arboretum- Canceled

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On this day, this garden is open by arrangement, which means that you will have to contact the owner to arrange visits for groups.

Pre-booking essential, please go to our events page to book your tickets.

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Owner Information

The Castle Howard Arboretum Trust
01653 648598
visit@yorkshirearboretum.org
http://www.yorkshirearboretum.org

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How to find us

The Yorkshire Arboretum
Castle Howard
York
North Yorkshire
YO60 7BY

15m NE of York.
  • More detailed directions
    Off A64. Follow signs to Castle Howard then look for Yorkshire Arboretum signs at the obelisk r'about.
Accessibility information

Not suitable for wheelchairs. Motorised all-terrain buggies are available on loan, please book 24hrs in advance on 01653 648598.

More about The Yorkshire Arboretum

The Yorkshire Arboretum, nestled on the Castle Howard Estate near York, is a glorious, 120 acre garden of trees set in a stunning landscape of parkland, lakes and ponds. With woodland walks, tours, family activities, a café, gift shop, woodland playground and a busy events programme there’s something on offer for visitors of all ages wanting to enjoy the space, serenity and beauty of this sheltered valley as well as those with an interest in our extensive collection of trees and shrubs.

Visitors are welcome to follow one of the marked routes around the arboretum or to explore at leisure. In spring the blossom drenched fruit trees and flowering bulbs predominate, giving way to myriad shades of green punctuated by drifts of wildflowers in the summer. In autumn the colours are particularly spectacular as reds, oranges and golds vie for attention. New planting programmes ensure that there is something new to see here on every visit and electric buggies may be booked on free loan to enable those with limited mobility to discover even the most distant reaches of the arboretum.

There’s a busy events programme offering everything from botanical and horticultural walks and lectures, to have-a-go activities, to arts and crafts workshops. In addition to the woodland playground, children’s activities include adventure back-packs and minibeast trails to encourage little ones to explore, understand and interact with nature and the environment. There are also extra events and workshops available for children during school holidays. Please pick up a What’s On brochure, or check the website for the latest events information.

Our café enjoys an enviable reputation for its menu of delicious food and drink, prepared on-site using the very best in seasonal, local produce and many of our guests find a piece of home-made cake, accompanied by a cup of Yorkshire tea, an essential part of their visit.

The Arboretum Shop carries a range of gift, educational and decorative items including books, cards, honey from the arboretum’s own hives, children’s nature explorer kits, and wooden items produced by local crafts people.

Both the Visitor Centre and the arboretum grounds are available to hire for private parties or corporate events. We are also licensed for weddings and are delighted to offer couples the nearest thing to an outdoor wedding in Yorkshire.

There’s free parking on site and groups and coach parties are welcome by prior arrangement. Free WiFi is available throughout the Visitor Centre. Dogs are very welcome and we have an 11 acre area where they may be exercised off-lead.

As a small charity, the Yorkshire Arboretum is entirely dependent on the generosity of volunteers to remain open to the public. A very small staff team work with over 150 volunteers who give of their time to maintain the grounds and collection, support school group visits, lead tours and workshops, and welcome visitors at the ticket desk. We’re always delighted to help visitors enjoy their time here, explain about ongoing curatorial work or events planned, or answer any questions about the collections so please don’t hesitate to stop any of us for a chat. We look forward to welcoming you soon.

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