Located on the East side of the River Severn, opposite the Severn Valley Railway station at Upper Arley, the Arboretum is a veritable treasure trove for lovers of ancient trees and woodland, and it also has a calming aura of peace and tranquility. It is a special place.
Visitors can wander to their heart’s content around 30 acres of nature at its best, including three acres enclosed by listed walls. You will be given a detailed map with two suggested walks around the grounds taking in many of the interesting features, such as the rare layered beech tree which covers more than a quarter of an acre. There is a magnificent collection of trees and shrubs containing numerous specimen rhododendrons, azaleas and camellias; around 600 different species of trees, including Crimean pines, cedars and Wellingtonias, some of which are the tallest and widest in the country and dating back to the founding of the Arboretum in 1820; and a truly amazing maze which consists of nearly 3,000 plants.
The Arboretum is open between 11am and 5pm Wednesday to Sunday, including Bank Holiday Mondays, from mid-March to mid-November. A tea room serves refreshments and light snacks – you can also picnic within the grounds – and the plant sales include many unusual species.