Winkworth Arboretum - Godalming

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Hascombe Rd, Godalming, GU8 4AD

+44 1483 208477




Based on 167 reviews.


Agregated reviews (167) Winkworth Arboretum - Godalming

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I went during the peak of autumn when the leaves were at their most vibrant and golden.

The colours found here during autumn are spectacular... purples, reds, pinks, oranges, yellows, greens ... amazing!

The place is located in the Surrey hills so is natural , serene and fresh.

For me , the only draw back was , for me coming from London without a car, the location can be difficult to get to .

The nearest station is Godalming which is about 2.5 miles away ... the buses are sparse and if you try to walk it , as I did, half the journey is on unpaved roads...dodging motor vehicle traffic and jumping onto the grass verge when I had a chance .

I think either a more frequent bus service or a special bus for driverless persons should be made available to get here.

Otherwise, the place itself is lovely ✨

4 by Carlos Burman Review source

NT property a short drive from Godalming. I enjoy visiting at different times of the year as the colours of the trees and plants change with the seasons. This spring the rhododendrons and bluebells were in flower at the same time so looked wonderful. The garden is in two levels. There is a lake down the hill with a boat house and walks over wet lands and beside a small woodland river. There are many different paths to explore. For those who cannot manage slopes there is enough to make a visit worth while on the upper level where the carpark and small tea room are situated.

5 by Stefan Resner Review source

Winkworth is a really lovely place to go for a relaxing walk with spectacular views and something new to discover at different times of the season. So far I've witnessed magestical autumn colours and carpets of bluebells. I went a bit too late to catch the Azalea steps in bloom this year (late May) but stumbled upon amazing patches of lupins when completing the well, but not too well so its not a bit of an orienteering adventure, sign posted red route instead. Good tea shop at the entrance to reward you after your walk.

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Be prepared for a climb down to the lake and back up. Some parts are quite steep but there are steps and seats.
The bluebells are wonderful in spring and so many shades of green from the trees.
There is a children's playground at the top (so easily accessed by buggies). It looked popular with sounds of youthful merriment coming from it.
The toilets are at the top so be prepared before you walk down to the lake.
The small cafe serves light lunches, cakes, tea coffee, ice cream, soft drinks.

5 by Catherine Freeman Review source

Marvelous place, collection of trees provides an optimal mixture of colours in autumn and in spring. We visit every year in October and November, several times - because each time the colour composition is different. There is a deep valley in the park, complete with a lake, and hills - perfect landscaping solution - Lake District in miniature. And, just in case the nature isn't everything you need, there are home made cakes, ice cream and lunches cooked on site.

5 by Jarek Francik Review source

Visited in early March, so probably not in its prime. Nonetheless, a good place for a walk with lots of interesting things for the kids to look at. The boathouse was a favourite. The tea room had the usual selection of cakes etc. you'd expect from the National Trust. Simple lunches also available. The coffee was delicious. Looking forward to visiting again later in the year and particularly in Autumn

5 by Gavin Henderson Review source

Love it here. It opens at 10am and unlike some other NT locations you can't access the car park until 10am. So don't arrive early!

There are a few varied walks, the longest of which is around 3.6km and include some of the nicest views in Surrey.

The boat house is also definitely worth a visit for a wonderful lake view.

5 by Andrew Review source

Not often disappointed with NT but this was not a great experience. Only one person on the entrance who was very flustered and had to ring for assistance. She was then very short with us and didn't offer a map so had to navigate blind. Toilets were not up to usual standard However, the landscape and trees were beautiful.

3 by Mark Roberts Review source

This National Trust Arboretum is a great place to visit at any time of the year, but is especially beautiful in the autumn. They have selected and grown their trees so the colours, particularly the Japanese Maples, are seen to their best advantage. Stunning reds, yellows and bright greens all in the most beautiful setting.

5 by Jo Crouch Review source

Extremely RUDE and snobby staff serving at the ticket booth.
Lovely place to visit though, could be better looked after than it is considering the price is over £7 and you can walk around the whole place in just over an hour. It is only worth it for the views, you're better off visiting RHS Wisley Gardens.

2 by Lila Cherry Review source

Billed as an Arboretum but really a woodland/landscape garden. Hardly any of the trees labelled and many choice shrubs being swamped by ferns and brambles. Tea room and toilets poor. If you're interested in unusual trees go to Wakehurst, Kew or Wisley
where they look after them and label them properly.

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This is our favourite National Trust place in the area. You can take long walks through beautiful forests. Especially during bluebell season (late April to early May) it's absolutely stunning to visit.

Tip: There are no garbage bins past the cafe at the entrance.

5 by Jan van der Crabben Review source

Acres and acres of greenery and woodland, now with the autumn colours in full view, an absolute jem of a place to be in, specially on a sunny day. Kids just love the place. Parking available. Highly recommended. Toilets and a small cafe available near the entrance.

5 by Satish Chandran Review source

A lovely surprise with a variety of different routes round makes for a perfect half day excursion (though we did somehow manage - as did others we noted - to make it out of the boundary of this National Trust property and find ourselves on private land by accident)

4 by Barney Musician Review source

The walk is nice with different difficulties. Dogs need to be on lead at the arboretum at all times. The tea room is nit that great, but sufficient for a small snack or drink.
The boat house is also nice to visit, but be early as it can get rather busy.

4 by Michéle Johl Review source

Great for a walk but cafe needs a complete re-vamp very dark and depressing. And please dont put a latte in a cup it belongs in a glass especially when your charging £2.45. And £3.15 for a slice of cake my advice take your own pack lunch and flask.

4 by Sean Jeffery Review source

Trees! Also 'tame' countryside, i.e. well maintained, marked paths, although some parts of the longest route are quite steep. Watch out for attack geese near lake as they will go after your dog. Cafe near entrance does a smashing cuppa.

5 by Don Constance Review source

This is a place I used to visit regularly as a child, and having moved back to the area, have continued the tradition with my own family. Some great walks, breathtaking views, and more trees than you can shake a stick at - some you can climb!

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If your a national trust member it's a must visit. Nice location and great walk around the lake with some historical context along the way in certain places. Great to see all the autumnal colours, and a nice little tea room at the end.

4 by David Chitty Review source

This is a lovely place to venture out to, especially in the autumn because of all the colours that are present. The grounds aren't massive but there's plenty to keep you entertained for an hour or so if you're a brisk walker.

4 by Richard hoar Review source

Pretty much a forest but it's really lovely. Quite a big hill but has a ramp for wheelchairs, wouldn't recommend hard for walking walkers. Toilet and cafe. Only needs one card to get in to cover the car park

4 by Laura Simmonds Review source

Lovely place. Take good solid shoes; not flip-flop suitable. Make sure if it warm you have water, lots of steps down and up. I'm fairly fit and it was a hard slog coming up (I did have a 1 year old on my back).

5 by Rob Etall Review source

If you like trees, this is beautiful. In spring the azaleas and rhododendrons are beautiful and the autumn colours are stunning. It is very tranquil, especially by the lake. Some of the pathways can be challenging

4 by Jan Dixon Review source

Beautiful place for a walk, especially in the Autumn when the trees turn bright red and yellow. To make the most of it, it will require quite a bit of climbing steep paths so make sure you have good footwear.

5 by Maxim Armour Review source

The usually well maintained National Trust property. Lovely walks and views across the lake. Be mindful some routes back are a little steep but the views are worth it. I specially liked the wetland area.

4 by Francisco Pardo Review source

A great little gem. When the Acres are in full colour, the view is spectacular.
Be warned there is limited parking and it can get very busy when the plants are in flower or the trees are in colour.

4 by Tony Smith Review source

I used to live locally and while I went many times it is not until I have moved to the other side of the world that I really appreciate this unique site on a unfortunately too short a vist.

5 by Ian Blakeley Review source

The gardens are absolutely lovely. We were lucky enough to go in the autumn just as all the leaves were turning. The views were just as stunning. Also the cafe has excellent cake!

5 by Becky Griffin Review source

Used to be great for early morning or evening walks especially during the bluebell season. This is no longer possible as the opening times are now restricted to 10am to 6pm.

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A beautiful place at anytime of the year although Autumn is the most spectacular. Good to see it as the venue for the final of Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year.

5 by Ann Smith Review source

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