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Notice: Due to the clocks going back, from Sunday 26 October onwards last entry to the arboretum will be 4.30pm, closing at 5pm. Tea-room closes at 4.30pm. Thank you for your understanding.

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.

Autumn watch

As the leaves change the Arboretum becomes truly stunning

As the leaves change the Arboretum becomes truly stunning

In autumn the Arboretum is arguably at its most spectacular. Dr. Wilfrid Fox planted with trees to "paint a picture", creating an explosion of vibrant colour displays.

To help you plan when to visit and enjoy the best of the displays, we'll be posting regular autumn colour updates on Facebook throughout the season. Just follow our page to stay up to date.

Coming up

  • Come and join in our October celebrations! © Christina Surdhar

    Hallowe'en trail

    Sat 25 Oct - Sun 2 Nov

    Collect your trail from the kiosk. 50p.

  • Find the hidden pumpkins on our pumpkin trail © NTPL/Paul Harris

    Pumpkin Carving

    Fri 31 Oct, 11am-1pm

    Please bring your own pumpkin.

  • Walking boots in the grass near Polperro, in South East Cornwall © Kaia Kriiva

    Wednesday walk

    Wed 5 Nov, 2pm

    Meet at the kiosk.

  • Come for a walk this autumn - you'll never spot conkers sat on the sofa © John Millar

    Wednesday walk

    Wed 7 Dec, 2pm

    Meet at the kiosk.

Get the garden app

Make the most of your visit by downloading our free, user-friendly National Trust Gardens app (for Apple devices only). Follow the interactive map to see our most notable plants and points of interest.

Winkworth through the seasons

Whatever the season, our award-winning collection of trees and shrubs provides a constantly changing display of stunning colour. We've put together this video to give you an idea of the fantastic views you can experience here around the arboretum.