The Yorkshire Arboretum
AddressThe Yorkshire Arboretum
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 cafe 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 availablefor children during school holidays.
Please pick up a What's On brochure or check the website for the latest events information. Our cafe 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.
- Baby changing facilities
- Coach parties welcomed
- Credit/Debit Cards Accepted
- Disabled facilities
- Disabled Toilets
- Dogs accepted
- Free parking
- High chairs available
- Licenced wedding venue
- On-site refreshments
- Wedding reception venue
- Wheelchair availableMotorised all-terrain mobility buggies available on loan (please ring to reserve)
- WiFi or internet access
Location of The Yorkshire Arboretum, Malton
By car or coach: The Yorkshire Arboretum is located 15 miles north east of York and is easily accessible from the A64 which connects Leeds, York and the Yorkshire coast. Just follow the brown tourist signs to Castle Howard. The arboretum is located off the obelisk roundabout, opposite the main entrance to Castle Howard.
By public transport: It is a short walk to the arboretum from the Castle Howard bus stop. Bus services operate from York and Malton. For timetables please visit www.stephensonsofeasingwold.co.uk
Public Transport Directions
Nearest station is Malton about 6 mile(s) away.
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