Attraction

Overview & description

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 providing they are kept on a lead in designated areas, and under close control at all other times.

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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Prices

Type Price
Family 2 + 2 £17.50
Under 12 FREE
Adult £7.00
Junior (Aged 12-16) £3.50

Facilities available at The Yorkshire Arboretum

  • On-Site Parking
  • Child Friendly
  • Outdoor
  • Card Payment