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Went to see the trees after seeing a photo in the paper

We took the longest walk of about 6.5 k which was great for the views but felt the facilities let... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Mark D
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London, United Kingdom
A delight

We went on a beautiful autumn day perhaps a week too early for the full impact of the colour of the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We took the longest walk of about 6.5 k which was great for the views but felt the facilities let the site down. They are improving the toilets but the café is very small for the people who visit. Many of the trees were not labelled (or had lost the labels) which was a shame.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We went on a beautiful autumn day perhaps a week too early for the full impact of the colour of the leaves. We had a lovely three generational 'walk', the youngest was in a pushchair, and thereby hangs a tale. We ended up on quite steep steps manoeuvring child and pushchair down was quite tricky and I would have been glad if a secure handrail had been fitted on the steps, Never the less we managed. A little more clarity in the signage about steps etc would help improve the experience.
We had coffee and then lunch at the cafe, excellent quality, but the young man serving was doing a very good job but he could have done with a little help when the queue was at times very long, as in it was from the door to the servery, he was preparing drinks and serving food and if he'd had help with one of those tasks service would have been faster, there were other members of staff available, one icing cakes but she seemed oblivious to the length of the queue, when we came back for lunch a lady did after quite a wait come out of the office to help him. I appreciate that this autumnal period is a busy time for Winkworth, but it is exactly that predictably busy and should not seem like a surprise to staff.
The toilets are not up to the usual NT standard
I do however want to emphasise that we really did have a lovely day and sitting in the boat house looking at the view was wonderful

Thank Lindy R
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful time of the year to visit Winkworth, the autumn colours are stunning a photographers dream! You can choose three different walks, none seem very long but there are steps and steep paths, don’t let that put you off there are also plenty of benches and viewing points to stop and rest at!

Thank mumofgroom
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Reviewed 1 week ago

If you enjoy nature and like to walk in the English countryside, this is the place for you. We visited in autumn seeing glorious color and views that were breathtaking. There are trees galore, winding pathways, open expanses...some of the trees are fairly common but most were planted in the 30's as experimental options for the area and joyfully are well protected and cared for now by the National Trust. There is a lovely shop and tearoom for catching your breath in and the occasional benches in the park provide stunning prospects for amazing views. Loved it!

Thank Steve G
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Reviewed 1 week ago

What a beautiful place to spend an afternoon away from the chaos of London!

I hadn't been here before but my beloved wanted to show me the trees sporting their autumn colours. As it still hadn't been too chilly when we visited, the leaves were beginning to turn but were not quite at their pinnacle of colourful brilliance.

That really didn't diminish our pleasure as we happily roamed around the various areas checking out almost every pathway we could find and also meandering around the lake, pausing in the boat house.

We discovered some wonderful treasures including owls carved into wood and a 'throne' under some lovely trees near a patch of ferns.

We could hear all kinds of birds chirping away and left feeling refreshed, re-energised and relaxed.

The car park is huge and convenient, the café was busy so we found a pub nearby.

Thank travelsominx
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful autumn experience showing nature in all its glory.

Sturdy shoes recommended and if wet will get muddy. Paths are steep and uneven so not good if unsteady on feet.

Paths could be better marked and car park is v uneven. Small cafe which on a wet or cold day will be crowded.

Having seen autumnal colours need to return to see the new colours of spring

Thank BedsAndFood
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited the Arboretum just after half term mainly on the strength of some of the recent excellent reviews below. Perhaps I was expecting too much and comparing it to the gardens at Sheffield Park but in a word it was a bit too rustic for our tastes in NT gardens.

Wife is a bit unsteady on her pins these days but managed to negotiate both the car park and routes around the Arboretum without difficulty. Some tress displayed vibrant colours but the majority had either lost their foliage or were dull and largely uninteresting. One of the volunteers had suggested that the lake and boathouse were the jewels in the crown but involved a steep decent into the bowl to see them properly so I undertook this journey on my own and wouldn't recommend it to anyone unsteady on their feet as there are no handrails and only basic steps. The view at the lake side was impressive, not spectacular and the boat house was an interesting focal point. Took some very nice photographs.Retraced my steps and adjourned to the small and crowded café where two or three young ladies were doing their best to keep the customers satisfied. The majority of the seating is outside which would not be pleasant on a too cold or wet day. Nevertheless the meal was absolutely fine. Glad I have a NT card and wasn't paying cash for the pleasure at £9pp and will probably stick to more formal gardens in future.

Thank CruiseInvestor
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful walk yesterday. Alan Betts is an amusing and knowledgable guide and I hope I can remember some of the things he told us about the variety of trees in the arboretum. Just one request. Please can you label more of the trees? Otherwise a perfect place to visit.

Thank Road715381
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We have visited the Arboretum before and walked around this beautiful and peaceful location. This is definitely a good time of year to visit as the leaves turn and display autumn colours.
This time we visited with our 3 year old granddaughter and enjoyed the adventure playgrounds - the original and the new. There is no plastic and the structures are robust and challenging for all ages. It was fantastic and I recommend a visit to all parents or grandparents.
The catering facilities are fairly limited but you can get hot drinks and some food. There are things for young children too. It is not too surprising bearing in mind that the site is primarily a garden. There are ample picnic benches and most parents were making use of them.
The toilets are in the process of being updated and so there are presently very adequate temporary toilets.
It’s a National Trust property and so free to members.

Thank R1chardN
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Arrived and parked along a rutted driveway and made our way to the entrance which was free to National Trust Members. The Autumn Leaves are on the turn and now is the time to visit to enjoy the differing colours. We had a wonderful wander round some of the grounds although did not make our way down the boatyard as we did not like the thought of climbing back up. Worth a visit. Small café and toilet facilities available.

Thank 585Rodney585
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