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Discover the Grounds



Visitors are encouraged to spend some time to discover the grounds at Eastnor Castle. Here are some highlights:

The Arboretum – Eastnor Castle is “embowered by vast conifers, plantations which spill out into surrounding hills and fields,” and which include “the most magnificent collection of cedars in the British Isles.” Miles Hadfield, Country Life, 20 June 1968. Eastnor’s Arboretum is surprising for the beauty and exceptional size of the trees, growing as they do in the alkaline soil of the Malvern Hills rather than in the acid soil where most other conifer collections are found. Most of Eastnor Castle’s exotic trees were planted in the second half of the 19th century, at the height of the Victorian passion for plant collecting. The 2nd and 3rd Earls Somers collected seed on their travels. Many more plants came from botanical expeditions and from specialist nurseries where trees were raised from seed imported from all over the world.

The Castle Lake – The lake is an important part of the Castle’s landscape and was created shortly after the castle was finished by daming up two streams that ran through the valley. The remains of the original family house Castleditch, form the larger of two islands and the foundations of the house are still at the base of the lake. The lake overflow is in the form of a weir, which is made from limestone and limecrete which is a concrete where the cement is replaced by lime. The weir was designed by Robert Smirke, who also designed the castle.

Tree Hunters’ Trek – The Eastnor Aboretum that you see today was shaped by a group of Victorian explorers who travelled the world in search of precious seeds which were planted in gardens and estates throughout Victorian Britain. Our Tree Hunters’ Trek is your chance to follow in their footsteps and become a modern-day tree hunter. Discover where in the world the trees came from, who brought them here and how they are used in our lives today. See your Grounds Map on arrival for more information.

The Tree Trail – The complete Tree Trail starts opposite the playground and takes in the highest point of the grounds at the Summerhouse, then crosses the back drive, goes through the Valley Lawn, down the front drive then left to Church Walk which leads back to the Portcullis. Each tree is individually numbered on a nearby peg, so any tree can be easily found without following the whole Tree Trail. The trail will take between one and two hours.

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“Fabulous day out in a beautiful building and grounds, which had an added bonus that we didn’t just have to see the exterior as expected because ‘Dogs are welcome inside too’, even in the teashop”

“What a welcome and pleasant surprise – well done Eastnor Castle for having the foresight and acceptance to understand that dog owners are responsible and capable of appreciating this kind of venue!”