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Winkworth Arboretum, Surrey

Winkworth Arboretum in Surrey is the 100-acre paradise created by Dr Wilfred Fox some 80 years ago. Fox was a medical doctor specialising in dermatology, but when he wasn’t in his London consulting rooms, his great passion was trees, and in 1937 he started creating the arboretum that survives today.

When he first purchased Winkworth, he concentrated on maples, which give such fine autumn colour, but in later years he planted azaleas, magnolias and Japanese cherries. The combination makes for spectacular colour displays in both spring and autumn. In 1952 Dr Fox gave 60 acres of his woodland paradise to the National Trust; five years later they acquired a further 35 acres; and today Winkworth is classed as one of Britain’s great arboreta.

Winkworth is also famous for its carpets of bluebells in springtime, although the trees make it a haven for walkers and woodland lovers throughout the year. Just a word of warning though – it’s hillside position means that it’s not ideal for disabled visitors – to enjoy all aspects of the arboretum, you need to descend into the valley, and even though there are ample woodland paths, the terrain is steep and many of the trails include steps (above), that make wheelchair access difficult.

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Contact Details

Winkworth Arboretum, Hascombe Road, Godalming, Surrey. GU8 4AD.
T: 01483 208 477 E: winkwortharboretum@nationaltrust.org.uk

Opening Days and Times

Throughout October the arboretum is open until 6pm and the tea room is open until 5pm. Note: The tea room is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. For further information on opening times and prices please see the National Trust.