Spring at Winkworth Arboretum

As the days lengthen, the warming sunlight gradually awakens a miscellany of flowering plants across the hillside. Spring arrives at Winkworth with first a pop, then an explosion of colour: rhododendrons and daffodils herald the new season, then bluebells spread glorious purple carpets across the woodland floor.

Rhododendrons at Winkworth Arboretum, Surrey


One of the first to colour in the wintry landscape, great clusters of rhododendrons greet you at the kiosk in early spring. A wide variety of cultivars provide pops of pink, white, orange and purple from January through April, seen near the entrance to the Arboretum and on the Spring Walk.

Camellias at Winkworth Arboretum, Surrey


A beguiling collection of camellias bring a touch of class to the Upper Arboretum. Perfectly-formed red, pink, white and even striped varieties can be seen in flower from March.

Daffodils at Winkworth Arboretum, Surrey


Dazzling swathes of daffodils brighten the paths in February and March. Find the best displays as you take the main path into the Arboretum, then keep following them by turning right into the Winter Garden and along the banks of Sorbus Hill.

Magnolias at Winkworth Arboretum, Surrey


For flowering trees as tall as your house, head to Magnolia Wood and the lower banks of Sorbus Hill. A great range of varieties provide huge, showy blooms in pinks, whites and purples. As temperamental as they are beautiful, magnolias flower in different weeks every year depending on weather conditions - keep an eye out on our social media pages for the best times to see them.

Bluebells at Winkworth Arboretum, Surrey


On the Bluebell Walk, the woodland floor comes alive with breathtaking fields of purple in the springtime. These (mostly) native bulbs are one of Winkworth's most famous and beloved sights.

Azaleas at Winkworth Arboretum, Surrey


When the glory of the bluebells has faded, the Azalea Steps take the spotlight in a blaze of colour. With almost every hue on display, you can see them at their best in May, on the path down to the boathouse.

Visitors look at a magnolia tree at Winkworth Arboretum, Surrey

Planning your visit

Fast-track entry is available for visitors showing valid membership cards - please note that if you have joint or family membership, you'll need to show both cards.

Parking is free and located 100 yards from the tea-room. There is a one-way system in place, and extended parking is available during busy periods. Please try not to arrive before 10am as this can cause road blocks. Disabled parking can be accessed from Thorncombe St with a radar key. Coach parking can be accessed by turning right as you enter the Arboretum. In busy periods it's advisable to call ahead.

Visitors enjoying a cream tea


To fuel you up for your Winkworth wander, stop off at the Arbor tea-room near the kiosk for a homemade cake, tea and a biscuit or a light lunch.

Toilets are available nearby, including baby-changing facilities and a disabled toilet, and there is a variety of pathways through the Arboretum with differing levels of accessibility.

You're welcome to bring your dog, as long as you keep them on a lead; and groups are welcome - though it's advisable to call in advance during spring and autumn.