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Batsford Arboretum, Bourton-on-the-Water

Batsford Arboretum

GL56 9AB
Tel: +44 (0)1386 701441
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Batsford Arboretum is home to a unique collection of some of the world’s most beautiful and rare trees, shrubs and bamboos. It was started in the late 1800’s by Lord Redesdale – grandfather to the infamous Mitford sisters, who dedicated his life to creating a wild garden, heavily influenced by his time working in the Far East. His passion was shared by the 2nd Lord Dulverton who continued his work after inheriting the estate in 1956. Since the early 1980’s the arboretum has been looked after by a charitable trust, the Batsford Foundation.

Today the beauty of Batsford lies in its intimacy and informality. At just 56 acres it’s perfect for a couple of hours stroll, taking in the discretely labelled and comprehensive plant collections nestling among the trees. Romantic and restful in the summer, when the towering trees gives shelter from the heat and sun, the arboretum is equally beautiful in the depths of winter when ice transforms it into a magical wonderland. Spring begins with a mass of snowdrops, aconites, daffodils and hellebores as well as the beautiful Davidia (Handkerchief Tree) and the Japanese Cherry blossom. In autumn the large collection of Japanese maples take centre stage, providing a stunning natural fireworks display of colour.

Whatever the time of year there are surprises around every corner, waterfalls and pools, breath-taking views across the Evenlode Valley and beautiful Orient-inspired statuary. And with gifts, a garden shop, plant centre and café housed in our new visitor centre, Batsford has something for everyone – all year round.

Batsford Arboretum, Bourton-on-the-Water

• Arboretum and wild garden
• Gifts, Garden Shop and Plant Centre
• Garden Terrace Café
• Car Park
• Private tours available
• Groups and coaches welcome
• Dogs on leads allowed

Disabled toilets.

Additional Services
All terrain vehicles called Trampers are available for members of the South West Countryside Scheme to book in advance.

Opening Times
Batsford Arboretum is open all year round except on Christmas Day from 10am to 5pm. (Aboretum closes at 6pm) Please check website for seasonal opening hours variations and for our admission rates for the Arboretum. Entry to the café, garden shop and plant centre is free. Special rates available for coach parties and group visits of 20 or more booked in advance.

Find out about our annual events, including outdoor theatre, horticultural days and children's events by visiting our website at

In case of alteration, please check prices, opening times and any specific important information before booking or visiting

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