The Yorkshire Arboretum


Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Castle Howard
YO60 7BY

120 acres

01653 648598

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Opening Hours

10am–4pm, daily, 1 Feb–30 Nov.


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, 120-acre garden of trees set in a lovely landscape of parkland, lakes and ponds. A large enclosure with breeding red squirrels introduces visitors to these delightful but rare native mammals, and new for 2024 is a trail focusing on oaks. 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, and those with an interest in its extensive collection of trees and shrubs.

Visitors can follow a trail, explore at leisure or take time to watch the red squirrels' antics. In spring, blossoming trees and flowering bulbs predominate, giving way to the greens of summer and the colours of wildflowers. In autumn the colours are particularly spectacular as reds, oranges and golds vie for attention. The events programme offers everything from botanical and horticultural walks and lectures, to have-a-go activities, arts and crafts workshops.

Children's activities encourage young people to explore, understand and interact with nature. There are also extra events for children during school holidays. Please pick up a What's On guide, or check the website for the latest events information.

Why not take a seat at the Arboretum Cafe, 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
  • Conifers
  • Cornus (for winter stems or spring bracts)
  • Daffodils
  • Fruit blossom
  • Magnolias
  • Maple
  • Orchids
  • 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.