This Green Flag award winning park is Nottingham's oldest public park and the closest park to the city centre. A historic, beautifully maintained park that is home to an important collection of over 800 trees, some of which are from the original collection planted in the 19th century.

The Arboretum was opened on the 11th May 1852 by the Mayor, Mr W Felkin and the Sheriff of the Borough, Mr Ball, in front of 30,000 people. Easily accessible from the city centre and the wider community via the tram network that runs alongside, this park plays a vital role for the local community and is the site for many organised events.


Nottingham Arboretum
Waverley Street

Public access to the Arboretum is via a network of pedestrian walkways. The park has four entrance points (Waverley Road, Arboretum Street, North Sherwood Street and Addison Street.) Parking can be arranged for disabled drivers by arrangement with the Parks and Open Spaces service on 0115 915 2733.

The NET Trams runs along Waverley Street and stops close to the entrance. Visit the tram website at:

Site Facilities

  • Disability Access
  • Dogs Welcome (On leads in designated areas)
  • Local Cafe open 10:00 to 16:30 7 days a week
  • Events Programme
  • Heritage Features
  • Disabled on Site Parking (available by prior arrangement)
  • On Street Parking
  • Accessible by public transport
  • Ranger
  • Toilets (Event Days Only)
  • Tree Trail
  • Orienteering
  • Health Walks
  • Heritage Trail
  • Ice Cream Concession
  • Wildlife Areas

Park History

Following the Nottingham Inclosure Act of 1845 - a visionary project to create a green network around the growing city, to provide green spaces for relaxation, contemplation, learning, exercise and clean air - the Arboretum was the first public park opened in Nottingham. The layout and design was carried out under the supervision of Samuel Curtis, a botanist and horticultural publicist in 1850 who had previously been involved with the layout of Victoria Park in the East End of London in 1842.

The main aim of the design for Arboretum was to take advantage of the landscape setting whilst providing an interlinking network of walkways and socialising areas. As a result over 1010 specimen trees and shrubs were planted along with winding paths and sweeping lawns. The plantings were laid out in what is known as 'The Natural Order' to provide an educational link to nature through botanical interpretation. Some of the mature trees and shrubs growing here are living relics of the original collection such as the Lime Trees which were planted as nursery trees. There are currently over 800 trees of 65 species. The layout of the park is relatively unchanged and as a result the Arboretum is Grade II listed on the Register of Historic Parks and Gardens maintained by English Heritage and contains 9 Grade II Listed structures within its layout, providing a key asset to Nottingham's Victorian Heritage.

For more information, please see the Arboretum Heritage Trail leaflet which can be downloaded from the bottom of this page.


The Arboretum hosts a busy and varied programme of entertainment throughout the year including the Green Festival. If you would like to run an event on this park, please see our Outdoor Events Booking page

Friends of The Arboretum

The Arboretum space is supported by an active friends group who are involved in various activities on the park including bulb planting, fundraising events and heritage / tree walks. For more information contact Parks and Open Spaces on 0115 915 2733.

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