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Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Castle Howard
YO60 7BY

120 acres

01653 648598

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Opening Hours

Daily, 10am–4pm, 1 Feb–30 Nov (during Feb and Nov, last entry at 3pm).


Please see website for admission prices.

RHS members

Free access (member 1 only for joint memberships) applies 1 Feb–31 Aug.


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


  • Arboretum
  • Autumn colour
  • Champion trees
  • Pond or lake
  • Wildflower meadow

About the garden

Owned by
Castle Howard Arboretum Trust

The Yorkshire Arboretum, nestled on the Castle Howard Estate near York, is a glorious, 48.5ha (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 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, blossoming 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, arts and crafts workshops. 
Children's activities like our popular photo walks 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 Arboretum 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 in advance to enable those with limited mobility to discover even the most distant reaches of the arboretum.

Plants of special interest

  • Bluebells
  • Camellias
  • Conifers
  • Daffodils
  • Fruit blossom
  • Maple
  • Orchids
  • Rhododendrons/azaleas
  • Spring bulbs
  • Wildflowers

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.