The banks of the river- a short walk from the arboretum

History of the surrounding area

The village of Upper Arley was an estate village, formerly owned in the early 19th century by the Earls of Mountnorris and the heirs the Viscounts Valentia.

In the late 20th century, it was owned by the philanthropist and iron and steel businessman Roger Turner, who bought the estate after selling his family’s tube making business the Wellington Steel Tube Co. Ltd.

The Ferry

This was the most northerly of the Severn ferries in Worcestershire and the last in the county to operate on the Severn. The earliest references to it are in the Close Rolls of 1323 and, in 1331, when it was referred to as ‘the Ferry within the bounds of the Chase of Edmund de Mortimer, Earl of Wyre’. In 1602 there is a reference to ‘a passage called the Ferry boate’ in the possession of the Lyttletons, who were Lords of the Manor of Arley.

The ferry ran across the river until 1964 when it was decided to build the footbridge


What's near Arley?

Arley lies on the banks of the river, and welcomes large numbers of visitors, particularly to its church, the Arley Arboretum, and the peaceful banks of the Severn.

Shatterford is well known for the Shatterford Lakes and Wildlife Park

Pound Green has its ancient Common, as well as attracting cyclists and walkers to the forest glades and paths.

A feature of the Parish is the Severn Valley Railway, running along the west bank of the River Severn. Arley Station brings thousands of visitors to the area every year. 


"Just what we were looking for!"

"I am so pleased we live so close to this beautiful place. The staff are always happy and helpful. The facilities clean and working plus the cakes from the cafe are delicious. The grounds themselves are beautifully kept with lots of different areas to explore. My son (nearly 3) enjoys the space he can run in but also loves to carefully get up close to the flowers and I can relax knowing he is safe and the staff are happy for him to do so. We love to watch for nature and usually take a stroll down to Arley town to feed the ducks whilst there too. The maze is great for children of all ages and is even a chuckle for grown ups. The themed 'hunts' are a fab way of getting the children thinking without them knowing it, and as for the play equipment, it's one of my son's favourites. We visit regularly and plan to do so for the forseable future x"

KaraLucas Visited May 2015