The Yorkshire Arboretum

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.

Family exploring - Credit Mathew Harrison

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.

Visit The Yorkshire Arboretum


Accessible parking

Disabled parking immediately outside the visitor centre doors (2 spaces) and drop off with further disabled parking in the main car park.

Level access at main entrance

There is step free access to the arboretum through the Visitor Centre.

Accessible public toilet

With transfer space to the side, handrails and emergency call system.

Tramper available

All-terrain buggies available on loan £5 per 2-hour session (must be booked in advance).


Wheelchair accessible restaurant.
Special dietary requirements catered for.
The café offers a varied menu with gluten free, vegan and vegetarian dishes available.

Other Accessibility information

Comprises 120-acres of parkland and woodland. Varying gradients. No paved paths or handrails. The terrain is not suitable for wheelchair access, or for visitors with very limited mobility. Please select footwear suitable for uneven, grassy ground.

For full details and facilities, please go to Yorkshire Arboretum's website


The Yorkshire Arboretum provides a range of facilities to offer you a fantastic day out

Children's trails/adventure playground

Woodland walks and trails suitable for all the family.
There is no adventure playground.

Picnic site

There are various picnic tables in the arboretum.

Dogs at The Yorkshire Arboretum

Dogs are allowed on a lead, there is also an ‘off lead’ area.

Getting here

Contact us

Castle Howard, York YO60 7BY
Tel 01653 648598
Email The Yorkshire Arboretum


Reached from The Stray near Castle Howard

Public transport

Castle line to Castle Howard is the nearest public transport link

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