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An unfinished masterpiece

Established in the 20th century, this hillside arboretum has now been maintained by the National Trust for 60 years and has built up a collection of more than 1,000 different shrubs and trees, many of them rare.

Visit any time of year for a delightful stroll through the personal plant collection of one man, who was passionate about shrubs and trees. The Collection and setting are too unique to ever disappoint.

The most impressive displays are in spring, with magnolias, bluebells and azaleas, and autumn, when the colour of the foliage is stunning.

In the summer it is an ideal place for family days out and picnics.

Coming up

  • Come and take part in a relaxing walk at Bodiam Castle in East Sussex © Gareth Wiltshire

    Wednesday walk

    Wed 7 Oct, 2.30pm

    Meet at the kiosk. Free.

  • Come and take part in a relaxing walk at Bodiam Castle in East Sussex © Kathryn Lovell

    Dawn walk

    Sun 18 Oct, 7am

    Guided walk, booking essential.

  • Explore the woods and enjoy autumn's colourful jewels © Geoff Smith

    Fungi walk

    Sun 18 Oct, 10.30am

    Guided walk, booking essential.

  • Halloween is here © National Trust

    Hallowe'en trail

    Sun 24 Oct - Sun 1 Nov

    50p per trail

Autumn Watch - see the best of our colour

In autumn the arboretum is truly at its best, with spectacular displays of vibrant colour.

To help you plan your visit during this busy time, look out for regular 'Autumn Watch' updates on our Facebook page and now on our brand new Twitter page.

Wild Winkworth blog

Want to make the most of your next trip?

Read our gardener Matt's blog for regular updates on all the latest wildlife and things to look out for when you visit the National Trust's only arboretum.

Get the garden app

Make the most of your visit by downloading our free National Trust Gardens app (for Apple devices only).

Use the interactive map to find our notable plants and points of interest.

Stay in touch

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