Yorkshire Arboretum re-opening: What you need to know

With most kids climbing the walls after so long in lockdown, our website has been deluged by families looking for places they can go for a safe day out around York. Take a look at our updated list of the best places for families to go for fresh air in Yorkshire and whether they’re currently open.

We’re pleased to be able to add another great place to our list: the Yorkshire Arboretum, just next to Castle Howard. With over a hundred acres of stunning scenery, there’s no shortage of places to play (it’s an amazing place for hide and seek!) and no excuse not to keep some serious distance from other people. There are over 6000 trees to spot, too, so it should definitely keep everyone occupied. The Yorkshire Arboretum re-opens on Monday 8th June.

Yorkshire Arboretum

Tickets and booking

Yorkshire Arboretum members will have exclusive access from 10 am to 12 pm every day, sharing the arboretum with other visitors after midday

Members do not need to book before arriving but non-members

Non-members can visit Yorkshire Arboretum from 10am to 4pm daily and will need to pre-book before their visit.

– There will be a quota for each time slot, and you will need to arrive within an hour of your chosen time. There’s no limit on how long you can stay.

What will be open?

The visitor centre and cafe will be closed, so pack a picnic. The woodland playground will be closed, too. There will be one toilet accessible to all.

Safety measures

There is a one-way entry and exit system, and two metre social distancing will be in place in queues. Hand sanitisers will be available at the entry and exit.

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