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Whipsnade Tree Cathedral

Whipsnade Tree Cathedral - photo by Ross Osborn, project volunteerFounded in 1931 by Mr E K Blyth, the Whipsnade Tree Cathedral remembers those killed in the First World War.

Inspired by the construction of Liverpool Cathedral, the Tree Cathedral covers an impressive 3.82 hectares. Grass avenues are lined with many deciduous and evergreen tree and shrub species to form the chancel, nave, transepts, chapels and cloisters, all laid out in the shape of a traditional medieval cathedral.

Although the Tree Cathedral contains beautiful areas, that is not its primary significance, nor is it a garden.  It is a piece of nature managed to emphasize the vigour and balance of individual plants, in patterns that create an enclosure for worship and meditation, offering heightened awareness of God's presence and transcendence.

The Tree Cathedral is open every day of the year: 9am to 7pm from April to September and 9am to 4pm from October to March. Entry is free.

For your chance to witness the Tree Cathedral in action why not attend the annual summer service? All are welcome for a family service. Bring your own chairs or rugs to make yourself comfortable and be ready to sing along with local school children. Afternoon tea is available in the village hall after the service. For more information call 01582 872406.


Getting There

Bus to Whipsnade from Dunstable/Luton or Hemel. Car park. The Cathedral is sign-posted just past Whipsnade Zoo.


There are level paths through the Tree Cathedral but they are not sealed.



OS Map

Sheet 166: Luton & Hertford

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Dogs Allowed

Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times.


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