Home to a collection of beautiful and rare trees, shrubs, and bamboos from all over the world, Batsford Arboretum and Wild Garden is a peaceful and scenic place to visit in the Cotswolds. On a recent visit, I was instantly amazed by this hidden gem located just outside the market town Moreton-in-Marsh in this wonderful region of England. It’s easy to spend a full afternoon within this 56-acre garden.
Walking paths weave through the entire property, showcasing the variety of trees and shrubbery and Orient-inspired statues. A peaceful stroll through the grounds will take you past streams and pools, a thatched cottage, and vantage points across the rolling hills of the Cotswolds. Throughout the arboretum, there are benches to stop and take in the views and peaceful surroundings. Bring a book to sit back, relax, and enjoy the setting.
When I was there, autumn colors popped in every direction. However, I could see the Batsford Arboretum being uniquely stunning during every season. And if I lived a little closer, I’d definitely purchase an annual pass.
About Batsford Arboretum
Created in the late 1800s, the arboretum features influence from the Far East. The estate was then neglected until 1919 when the 2nd Lord Dulverton restored it into what is seen today. Now, the conservation and education charity Batsford Foundation runs the property.
Admission is £7.20 for adults, or if you’re a UK taxpayer, you can pay £7.95, and the government gives the charity 25p for every £1 of your entrance fee, called gift aid. For a family of two adults and two children, it’s £18 or £19.95 with gift aid. The admission fees go toward conserving the property and educating the public on the garden’s importance to the environment.
Pick up a map when purchasing your ticket so you can be sure to explore the arboretum in its entirety. Dogs are welcome in the arboretum, cafe, and visitor center but must be kept on a short leash. You can also have a picnic at the tables outside of the visitor center or the grassy areas around the parking lot.
Batsford Arboretum is located a mile west of Moreton-in-Marsh along the A44. You can even walk to it from the town via the picturesque Monarch’s Way, which would take about 35 minutes. Additionally, Moreton-in-Marsh is close to other beautiful destinations in the Cotswolds, including Burford, Bibury, Lechlade, and numerous towns and villages along the Cotswold Way.
I highly recommend making a trip to Moreton-in-Marsh in the Cotswolds to explore Batsford Arboretum. Would you like to pay this secret garden a visit?