The Yorkshire Arboretum
Castle Howard

Our enclosed 120 acre site is a unique natural environment, perfectly suited to many cross-curricular activities; shelter building, minibeast hunts, explorienteering, pond dipping and much more. An amazingly diverse collection of trees could be the perfect spot for a magical adventure with the Woodland Fairy or undertaking a detailed science project…

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    The picturesque setting of the Yorkshire Arboretum is the ideal place for a school trip, where many of the requirements of the National Curriculum can be met through a fun and exciting day out.

    Just 15 miles north east of York, our secure, 120 acre site is a unique environment, perfectly suited to many activities including Shelter Building and Minibeast Hunts. Pond Dipping gives children the opportunity to explore the hidden world of underwater life and our diverse collection of trees is perfect for a magical adventure with the Woodland Fairy, when children can cast magic spells using the natural ingredients found in the habitat around them.

    The activities led by our experienced Outdoor Education Team cover Science, P.E., Literacy and Geography, can be adapted for any age group, and include:

    •    Pond Dipping
    •    Minibeast Hunt & Habitat Creation
    •    Woodland Fairy Adventure
    •    Outdoor Music
    •    Explorienteering
    •    Shelter Building
    •    Colour Collection
    •    Seasonal Story Trail
    •    Amazing Art
    •    Meet a Tree
    •    Fun with Maths
    •    The Busy Buzzy Bee
    •    Traditional Tales
    •    Decomposer Detectives
    •    Seed Dispersal & Amazing Autumn

    Self-led visit packs are available to the leaders of those school groups who wish to explore the arboretum environment independently.

    Pricing Information

    Self-led school visits: £3.00 per child
    With 1 activity: £5.00 per child
    With 2 activities: £7.00 per child

    Teachers and adult supervisors are admitted free of charge up to the required supervision ratios.

    Opening Times

    Daily from 10th February - 30th November 2018


    Castle Howard, York, YO60 7BY

  • Facilities
    • Disabled Access
    • On Site Parking
    • Disabled Toilets
    • Guide Dogs Welcome
    Attraction: Facilities
    • Cafe
    • Toilets
    • Picnic Site
    • Shop
    • Pre visit Available
    • Risk Assessment Available
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