Thorp Perrow Arboretum is every bit as grand as its name, so expect the kind of sprawling English garden that you’d expect to see on a film set. Located just a short journey from Bedale in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales, Thorp Perrow Arboretum is home to one of the country’s most impressive tree and shrub collections as well as birds of prey. The arboretum covers 85 acres and the regular displays from the birds make a visit fascinating for the whole family.
Luckily, the gardens have been divided into trails to help visitors explore them in their own time without getting lost, so you’ll have you choice between tree trails, a special nature trail and trails carefully planned with children in mind. Now, what’s a beautiful landscaped garden without a shimmering lake to picnic beside? You’ll find a large lake and a play area for the children for when you’re ready to sit back for awhile and just enjoy the peace and quiet.
Look out for the Milbank Pinetum which was planted by Lady Augusta Milbank back in the mid-nineteenth century, and if you get a chance to wander the medieval Spring Wood bear in mind that it dates all the way back to the 16th century. The garden is home to one of the country’s most extensive daffodil collections too, so needless to say if you time your visit for Spring you’ll be greeted by a bright yellow carpet that stretches as far as the eye can see.