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Yorkshire Arboretum at Castle Howard

Yorkshire Arboretum at Castle Howard


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 café, 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 café 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 facilitiesCoach parties acceptedCredit cards accepted (no fee)Disabled toiletsEducation/study areaFacilities for groupsFacilities for educational visitsGift shopOn-site cateringOn-site light refreshmentsPublic toiletsRegional Tourist Board MemberAccepts groupsFacilities for conferencingFacilities for corporate hospitality

Grounds for outdoor activitiesChildren welcomeDisabled accessDogs acceptedGuided tours for individualsGuided tours for groups

Opening details

Our entry times and café opening hours are 10am - 4pm every day, with extended opening to 6pm on Saturdays and Sundays between 1st May and 31st October. The arboretum closes one hour after last entry


Adult - £6
Junior - £3
Under 12 years - free
Family (2+2) - £15
Family (2+3) - £18

A range of membership options are available. Please see our website for details.


The Yorkshire Arboretum,
Castle Howard,
YO60 7BY



See location of The Yorkshire Arboretum on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: SE 716700  Lat: 54.12089 Long: -0.90601

By Road:
Off the A6417 miles North East of York. Follow the brown and white tourist signs to Castle Howard and look out for Yorkshire Arboretum signs on the opposite side of the roundabout to the entrance to Castle Howard.

Parking: free

Accessible by Public Transport: 6 miles from Malton station


  • Baby changing facilitiesBaby changing facilities
  • Coach parties acceptedCoach parties accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for groupsFacilities for groups
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop
  • On-site cateringOn-site catering
  • On-site light refreshmentsOn-site light refreshments
  • Public toiletsPublic toilets
  • Regional Tourist Board MemberRegional Tourist Board Member
  • Accepts groupsAccepts groups
  • Facilities for conferencingFacilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitalityFacilities for corporate hospitality
  • Grounds for outdoor activitiesGrounds for outdoor activities
  • Children welcomeChildren welcome
  • Disabled accessDisabled access
  • Dogs acceptedDogs accepted
  • Guided tours for individualsGuided tours for individuals
  • Guided tours for groupsGuided tours for groups