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Bluebell Arboretum and Nursery

Closed Now: 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 10:30 AM - 4:00 PM
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We discovered Smisby Arboretum completely by chance on a country walk, but it's not far off the... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Peter R
Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
Well worth a visit

Relaxing souroundings keept in anceadable condition. Situated with the village of Smisby close to... read more

Reviewed November 8, 2018
Graham A
Leicester, United Kingdom
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One of the finest collections of unusual trees and shrubs in Derbyshire, planting in our beautiful woodland garden was started in 1992 and the gardens now cover an area of nine acres. We are now an RHS partner garden and although most of the large...more
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Annwell Lane | Smisby, Swadlincote LE65 2TA, England
+44 1530 413700
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Reviewed yesterday

We discovered Smisby Arboretum completely by chance on a country walk, but it's not far off the A42/M1. For a real tree enthusiast this was such a treat. There is a vast range of interesting specimen trees and shrubs. Right now the magnolias and camellias...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Peter R
Reviewed November 8, 2018

Relaxing souroundings keept in anceadable condition. Situated with the village of Smisby close to the smashing market town of Ashby de la Zouch. We highly recommend a visit.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Graham A
Reviewed September 10, 2018

My wife and I visited Bluebell Arboretum & Nursery at Smisby, having acquired free tickets from their stand at the Gardener's World Live show at the NEC (there's normally an admission charge). Before this, we were unaware of its existence, even though we live only...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Steve B
Reviewed September 3, 2018

Great little find from the Gardeners World 2for1 offer. Far better than description led us to believe. Obviously run by those with a passion for trees and shrubs. Some wonderful labelling with great little stories of the “oh I never knew that" kind. Highly recommended...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Canalsidekid
Reviewed August 3, 2018

The Bluebell Arboretum is a must for any gardener. Friendly and informative owner, very unusual trees and shrubs throughout a large cultivated area. We visited during the hot summer of 2018 and they were suffering from the drought as we all are, we're definitely returning...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank gwincote
Reviewed July 8, 2018 via mobile

Called in to look around arboretum. £5.00 per person. Children are free. Enjoyed walking around arboretum but little confusing and needs more signage. Nursery is expensive

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank andrew p
Reviewed June 20, 2018

Arboretum has a diverse range of beautiful, interesting and healthy trees and plants. Many had identification tags or information boards. Well worth a fiver per adult admission. Appreciated the toilets on site. Nurseries offers unusual exotic plants and trees for sale.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank DuckysWife
Reviewed April 26, 2018

Wonderful arboretum: very well led out, excellent selection of trees and shrubs. Easily accessible to all (can be a little muddy underfoot in the winder months). Very knowledgeable owners & staff. There is a nursery area on site: good selection of rarer shrubs and trees...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed January 22, 2018

We visited here in late autumn, we live only a few miles away but never knew it was there. There are some truly amazing trees here and it is our intention to visit here in each season to see the changes. Looking forward to our...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank jeanansell
Reviewed October 29, 2017 via mobile

What a wonderful surprise this place is. I've driven past the signs loads of times, but this time there was a big AA sign pointing to 'Autumn colours'. And what colours there were. There are small trees, tall trees, trees with amazing barks, and lots...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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