Queenswood Country Park
Queenswood is a fragment of a vast ancient wood that once stretched to the Welsh borders and beyond. Though it was clear-felled in the First World War, the regenerated woodland now teems with wildlife – it is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and Local Nature Reserve (LNR).
A collection of trees from around the world was begun at Queenswood in 1953. This arboretum now covers 47 acres and 1,200 rare and exotic trees from all over the world. It famed for its autumn colour but beautiful all year round from glades of wildflowers in the spring to frosted branches in winter.
There are different way-marked walks around the arboretum and wider woodland ranging from 1 mile to 2.5 miles and these include easy-access paths. Queenswood covers around 170 acres in total, however, so if you want to explore further, just pull on some boots and pick up a map from the visitor centre! Don’t miss the viewpoint with panoramic views to the Malvern Hills in the east across to the Black Mountains in the west.
Start your visit at the Gift Shop & Visitor Centre where volunteers will introduce you to the site. Run by Herefordshire Wildlife Trust, the shop stocks a wealth of gorgeous gifts for all ages, many designed and made in Herefordshire by local producers and artisans. Both the Visitor Centre and the Café are housed in beautiful restored timber-framed buildings.
Queenswood is the perfect place to spend a day with the family. Our Gruffalo Trail, featuring five larger-than-life Gruffalo characters, was launched in 2016, and is perfect for ages 2 to 6 years old but great fun for all the family! There is a woodland playground, ideal for children aged 2 to 10 years, and we run children’s holiday clubs and activity sessions during half-terms and holidays. Please check our website (www.queenswoodandbodenhamlake.org) for up to date details.
As well as a popular, family-run, independent café (www.queenswoodcafe.com), there are barbeque areas and picnic benches in the woodland glade close to the playground - perfect for an al fresco lunch!
Free entry (though pay & display car parking charges apply)
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Queenswood lies between Hereford (9 miles) and Leominster (5 miles) on the A49.
By Bus: Bus 492 runs between Hereford and Leominster and stops at Queenswood Country Park.
By Car: Queenswood is accessed directly from the A49 and there is a large pay & display car park
Queenswood Country Park & Arboretum, Dinmore Hill, Nr. Leominster, HR6 0PY
- Coach parties accepted
- Disabled access
- Disabled toilets
- Gift shop
- On-site catering
- On-site light refreshments
- Disabled access
- Dogs accepted