Yorkshire Arboretum Review Guide

The Yorkshire Arboretum is a pretty and peaceful place to visit that is great for stretching your legs. It is actually located over the road from the entrance to Castle Howard. The arboretum has over 120 acres of woodland and parkland including many different paths.

Yorkshire Arboretum Review

The paths at the arboretum are excellent and while they are only for walkers they are certainly accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs. There are trees from all over the world including Chile, Australasia, North America, Europe and more. The arboretum was first created in 1979 and it feels as you are walking around that it has been there for much longer. It now has an astonishing 6,000 trees.

Yorkshire Arboretum Review Guide

The arboretum has a pretty lake where we found a few ducks to feed. There was also an astonishing number of frogs crossing the path to the lake so do be aware when you visit. We have certainly never seen so many and my son was in his element.

Yorkshire Arboretum Review Guide

We visited on a rainy day but found lots of shelter amongst the trees. It was a really pretty place to explore especially as some of their wildflowers were in bloom. It is also a great place for a picnic. We found a bench to sit on to enjoy ours and my son loved running around exploring.

We spent around three hours there including our picnic. If you don’t fancy a picnic they also have a cafe with indoor and outdoor seating. The only toilets on-site are at the reception area so make sure your kids don’t need to go before you set off walking.

There is no play area but there is plenty of space for kids to run around and let off steam. Not all of the paths were level and flat but you can pick up a map that highlights the more accessible paths. Dogs are also permitted on a lead.

Yorkshire Arboretum FAQ & Further Information

Address: Castle Howard, York YO60 7BY, North Yorkshire. Phone: 01653 648598

Category – Great Outdoors – Suitable for all ages.

What are the ticket prices?

Adults £8, children 12-16 are £4, under 12s are free.

What are the main facilities and things to do?

Arboretum with 120 acres of woodland and paths with around 6,000 trees. There are toilets and a cafe.

When are they open?

The Yorkshire Arboretum is open from early February until late November.

Is there food available?

There is a cafe serving hot and cold food and drinks. You are welcome to bring a picnic.

Is there parking?

There is free parking.

Are they dog friendly?

Dogs are welcome on a short lead, they are not permitted in the playground.

Are they accessible?


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