About the garden
Dr John Grimshaw
The Yorkshire Arboretum, nestled on the Castle Howard Estate near York, is a glorious, 120-acre garden of trees set in a lovely 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 its extensive collection of trees and shrubs.
Visitors can follow a trail or 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.
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. Children's activities like our popular minibeast trails encourage little ones to explore, understand and interact with nature. There are also extra events and workshops available for children during school holidays. Please pick up a What's On guide, or check the website for the latest events information.
The café enjoys an enviable reputation for its menu of delicious food and drink, prepared on-site using the very best in seasonal, local produce. Why not take a seat, have a pot of Yorkshire Tea and a piece of cake? The Arboretum Shop carries a range of gift, educational and decorative items including books, cards and honey from the arboretum's own hives, children's nature explorer kits, and wooden items produced by local crafts people.
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 a spacious off-lead area for them to run around in. Electric buggies may be booked on free loan to enable those with limited mobility to discover even the most distant reaches of the arboretum.