Arley Arboretum & Gardens



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Arley Aboretum, originally planned by the forward-thinking Earl Mountnorris around 1800, is now considered to be one of the country's finest tree collections. The site had become neglected by 1959 but happily Midland’s industrialist Roger Turner purchased and restored both the arboretum and the Grade II-listed walled gardens. Today, the Italian Gardens attracts many visitors especially couples as a setting for their wedding. In spring, visit to see the stunning displays of magnolias, rhododendrons and azaleas, and in autumn, Arley’s acer collection is truly spectacular. There’s plenty for the little ones to do too – a maze, play ground and trails.

Arley Arboretum & Gardens


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking onsite
  • Parking nearby
  • Cafe
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Opening Times: Open 17 Feb- 23 Dec, Wed-Sun. Arboretum 10-5. Closed Mon & Tue excluding BHs & school holidays

About the area

Discover Worcestershire

Worcestershire is a county of rolling hills, save for the flat Vale of Evesham in the east and the prominent spine of the Malverns in the west. Nearly all of the land is worked in some way; arable farming predominates – oilseed rape, cereals and potatoes – but there are concentrated areas of specific land uses, such as market gardening and plum growing.

Worcester is the county town, and home to Worcestershire County Cricket Club, which has what some regard as the most attractive grounds in the country, in a delightful setting with views of Worcester Cathedral. The Malverns, Great and Little, set on the slopes of the Malvern Hills, are renowned for their refinement. Great Malvern, terraced on its hillside site, came to prominence as a genteel spa for well-to-do Victorians, rivalling the likes of Bath, Buxton and Cheltenham with its glorious surroundings.

Sir Edward Elgar was a Worcester man, and his statue stands on the High Street, facing the cathedral. The cottage where he was born is now a museum and he is commemorated on the £20 note. Other notable Worcestershire figures include poet A E Housman, chocolate magnate George Cadbury; and Lea and Perrins, inventors of Worcestershire sauce.

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