About The Yorkshire Arboretum
The Yorkshire Arboretum is an independent charity established in 1997 to maintain and protect a unique collection of trees and shrubs from around the world, and to use this resource for education.
Located 15 miles from York, it offers 120 acres of peace and tranquillity in the heart of the Howardian Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A scenic landscape of wildflower meadows, lakes and ponds with rich native biodiversity provides a backdrop to the collection.
Open from 10am – 4pm daily, between 1 February – 30 November, visitors can follow tree trails, or explore the site’s woodland, meadows, and lakeside on a network of hard or grass paths. Guided tours are available on Thursdays or for groups by appointment. Well-behaved dogs are welcome in the grounds and there is a dedicated off-lead area.
In addition to the garden of trees, there is a Visitor Centre with café serving delicious home-cooked seasonal food and drinks and a gift shop. The arboretum’s annual events programme provides a range of family and outdoor activities, botanical and horticultural training, art exhibitions and craft workshops.
The adjoining Peter Sowerby Building is home to The Tree Health Centre, a pioneering initiative that aims to make people more aware of the importance of a healthy treescape, and the problems caused by tree pests and diseases.