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ARLEY ARBORETUM & GARDENS

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Lion Lane
Upper Arley
Nr Bewdley
Worcestershire
DY12 1SQ

Follow brown tourist signs from A442.

Tel
01299 861368

Visit website

Opening Hours

10am–4pm, Mar–Dec.

Admission

Please see website for admission prices.

RHS members

Free access (Member 1 only) - applies Wed–Fri.

Facilities

  • Accessible facilities
  • Accessible garden
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children’s play area
  • Children's activities
  • Dogs welcome
  • Free carer entry
  • Group rates
  • Parking
  • Picnic area
  • Plant sales
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets

Features

  • Arboretum
  • Autumn colour
  • Champion trees
  • Cottage planting
  • Herbaceous border
  • Mediterranean/Italian garden
  • Pond or lake
  • Rock garden
  • Sub-tropical garden
  • Wildlife planting and features
  • Woodland

About the garden

Owned by
The Roger & Douglas Turner Charitable Trust

Renowned for its stunning beauty, Arley Arboretum sits on the banks of the River Severn at Upper Arley, within the 1,600 acre Arley Estate.

One of the oldest in Britain, this beautiful arboretum is open to the public courtesy of the Trustees of the Roger & Douglas Turner Charitable Trust. The Arboretum is home to more than 300 species of rare and ancient trees, including specimens of giant redwood (Wellingtonia), whitty pear, monkey puzzle tree, Lucombe oak and cucumber tree. It also features seasonal displays of rhododendrons and azaleas, camelias, wisteria (lilac and white varieties) and one of Britain’s longest laburnum arches, measuring 65 metres.

Arley Arboretum is a magical place to visit throughout the year, with every season bringing a different visually-pleasing vista. From early flowering magnolias (they have more than a dozen varieties), to the beautiful display of autumn colours; BBC Countryfile Magazine (August 2017) voted Arley Arboretum one of the best places to see the autumn colours, boasting a fine collection of Japanese maples (Acer).

The jewel in the crown at Arley Arboretum is its walled Italian Garden designed in the Renaissance style, inspired by the classical ideals of order and beauty. Featuring formally planted raised beds and urns, grand water features (including an 18ft high water fountain), garden pagoda, dovecote, avenues of pleached silver lme trees and a magnicent Virginia creeper, it is a photographer's dream.

Plants of special interest

  • Alliums
  • Alpines
  • Bluebells
  • Cacti & succulents
  • Camellias
  • Conifers
  • Daffodils
  • Dahlias
  • Delphiniums
  • Ferns
  • Fruit bushes/trees
  • Grasses
  • Laburnum
  • Lavender
  • Magnolias
  • Rhododendrons/azaleas
  • Snowdrops

Get involved

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.