Thorp Perrow Arboretum
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: 16th century woodland
Thorp Perrow is probably unique in Britain in being the creation of just one person. Colonel Sir Leonard Ropner (1895 - 1977) established the garden, and it is still run by the Ropner family. The result is one of the best private collections of trees and shrubs in Britain, and some of the largest and most unusual species in the country.
The oldest part of the gardens is the 16th century Spring Wood. Another historic feature is the 19th century Milbank Pinetum, established by Lady Augusta Milbank. There are nature trails through the grounds, with a special children's trail, and a Tree Trail taking in some of the rarest and largest trees.
The gardens are designed in separate sections linked by grass walks, paths, avenues, or bays. Over 60 of the trees at Thorp Perrow have been designated as 'champions', the largest and most impressive of their species. The arboretum also holds 5 national collections, including varieties of walnuts, ash, limes, and laburnum.
Thorp Perrow has an especially good display of daffodils in the springtime.
For families there is a popular Bird of Prey and Mammal Centre, with a wealth of information and interaction with animals ranging from falcons to wallabies!
About Thorp Perrow Arboretum
Address: Bedale, Yorkshire, England, DL8 2PS
Attraction Type: Garden
Location: 2 miles south of Bedale, off the B6268
Website: Thorp Perrow Arboretum
Phone: 01677 425 323
Photo Credit: Ian Taylor, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Snape Castle Chapel - 0.7 miles (Historic Church)
Marmion Tower - 4 miles (Historic Building)
Jervaulx Abbey - 5.5 miles (Abbey)
Norton Conyers - 6.7 miles (Historic Building)
Sion Hill Hall - 6.9 miles (Historic House)
Constable Burton Hall Gardens - 7 miles (Garden)
Kiplin Hall - 7.9 miles (Historic House)
Middleham Castle - 8.2 miles (Castle)
Nearest Accommodation to Thorp Perrow Arboretum:
Nearest Self Catering Cottages
Nearest Bed and Breakfasts
Nearest Tourist Information Centre ('as the crow flies')
Tourist Information Centre
Tel: 01677 424 604
Fax: 01677 427 146