Create an outdoor sanctuary with the best garden arbours UK

Garden arbours are the best way to escape and relax in your outdoor haven.

Garden arbour

by Ellen Kinsey |

A garden arbour is the best place to curl up in the shade with a book or sip your morning brew and listen to the birds. With plenty of new and contemporary designs on the market, arbours are back in style and are the must-have garden piece of the season.

We have rounded up the best garden arbours in the UK that can be transformed into modern sanctuaries to escape and relax. Arbours are the perfect way to be surrounded by nature in your garden but still have protection from the sun. From corner arbours to metal shelters - there are many gorgeous designs to choose from.

These sleek new designs are heavily inspired by this year's cottagecore trend, where all things cottage related have been contemporised for your modern garden.

The best part about garden arbours is that they are small and easy to assemble - all you need are some DIY skills and a screwdriver, and you're good to go. Plus, they are the perfect addition to any size outdoor space. Whether you are looking to fill out an empty corner or for somewhere to sit in the shade on your generous-sized plot, this compact structure can be positioned just about anywhere and does not take up much ground space.

What material is best: Wood vs metal

Wooden arbours are easy to paint and customise to make your own. However, they take a little more time to install as they should ideally be placed on a solid base.

Choose an arbour made from pressure-treated wood to protect from wood rot and decay rather than dip-treated. Products made from dip-treated wood are generally cheaper as the process is more straightforward, but they won't last as long.

Metal arbours, on the other hand, are more open and better suited for growing climbing plants to create a shady sanctuary. They bring an instant touch of modernity to a garden and act as a piece of garden art.

They are also quick to construct and easy to install too. Make sure you go for a product made from powder-coated steel, so it doesn't rust, or paint with a rust-proof metal stain.

If you plan to grow climbers around the frame, ensure that it is robust enough to support the weight once the plant is fully developed.

So with that in mind, let's take a look at our pick of the best garden arbours in the UK today.

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Seaview Wooden Arbour

Seaview Wooden Arbour

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Nautical shelter The Seaview Wooden Arbour has a convenient under-seat storage compartment for stowing small garden items and a beautiful solid finish for a nautical-themed piece.
Dimensions: 213.5cm H x 139cm W x 70.5cm D
Review: "A very good piece of garden furniture. Painted very well and looks really good."

Aarondeep Wooden Arbour

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Enchanted corner Add a welcoming nook to a garden, backyard, conservatory and more with this Aarondeep Arbour.
Dimensions: 207.5cm H x 133cm W x 80cm D
Review: "The arbour arrived quickly after ordering. The quality of the materials is great."

Unique Garden Wheel Bench

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Wonderful wheel Providing shade from the sun or shelter from the rain - this wheel bench garden shelter will allow you to enjoy your garden yet stay protected from the elements. It is ideally designed to be placed against a wall, fence or as a stand-alone picnic bench. This cylinder Wheel Bench is built with stainless steel, polycarbonate and timber, and for extra comfort, seat pads are supplied in a choice of three different colours; charcoal, green and burgundy. Dimensions: 218cm H x 220cm W x135cm D

Rowlinson Balmoral Corner Arbour in Natural Timber

Rowlinson Balmoral Corner Arbour in Natural Timber

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Lovely lattice Create the ultimate reading alcove in your garden with this right-angled corner arbour - ideal for that unused nook of the garden or patio. With lattice detail around the sides, you can decorate the arbour with climbing flowers or even fairy lights.
Dimensions: 158cm (w) x 158cm (d) x 210cm (h)

Penncross Wooden Arbour

Penncross Wooden Arbour

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Shaded sanctuary The Penncross Wooden Arbour has a contemporary design and features a lattice back with half solid half-open side panels, perfect for resting in the shade.
Dimensions: 207cm H x 129cm W x 70cm D
Review: "Really lovely arbour. Looking forward to using it."

Berry Wooden Arbour

Berry Wooden Arbour

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Clean slate The arbour pictured has been painted in Ronseal Slate Grey; however, it comes as a solid wood finish to do as you please. Some customer photos have painted it baby blue or have kept the wooden finish.
Dimensions: 199cm H x 134cm W x 80cm D
Review: "Brilliant. Been looking for one for a while and found this one. It's unpainted, but at over £100 cheaper than the painted ones, I just did it myself. Easy to assemble and arrived on time."

Valleywood Metal Arbour Bench

Valleywood Metal Arbour Bench

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Rose arch This simple, modern metal structure is a stylish steal at this price. The integrated bench adds a touch of romance to any garden or terrace.
Dimensions: 203cm H x 115cm W x 50cm D
Review: "Perfect for my garden. Easy to assemble, would recommend."

Dartmouth Swinging Seat Garden Arbour

Dartmouth Swinging Seat Garden Arbour
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Swinging in style This arbour meets swing not only looks fantastic but provides a gentle swaying motion, making it the best place to kick back and relax in the warmer weather.
Dimensions: 223cm x 109cm x 233cm
Review: "I had one of these seats before in my previous garden, and I loved it. It is difficult to assemble; you will need a handy person to do it."

Archdale Wooden Arbour

Archdale Wooden Arbour

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Spacious retreat Level up your garden and create your own peaceful haven with this handcrafted garden arbour which fits three people - bigger than most arbours.
Dimensions: 190cm H x 170cm W x 90cm D
Review: "Very sturdy, well built, and easy to assemble."

Forest Firenze Corner arbour

Forest Firenze Corner arbour

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Open plan This open design will instantly transform a dull corner of your plot. Go the full-on cottagecore trend by growing climbing roses for a scented sanctuary, or keep it contemporary with some solar lanterns and stylish cushions.
Dimensions: 197 x 180 x 180cm

Blooma Elegant Corner arbour

Blooma Elegant Corner arbour

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Diamond openings: This attractive garden feature will be the centrepiece of your outdoor space. Choose cushions that mirror the colours of your favourite flowers for a chic, coordinated look.
Dimensions
: 250 x 173 x 173cm
Review: "We love our garden arbour, it was fairly easy to erect, it took us about 3 hours. We painted it the following day in three different shades of garden paint. I would recommend painting the roof before you erect it."

Garden arbour FAQs

What is the difference between garden arbour and pergola?

A pergola is an outdoor room, whereas an Arbor is more of an outside arch or doorway. Arbours are typically freestanding, but they can also come attached to a wall or gate too.

What do you stand the garden arbour on?

No matter where you choose to place your garden arbour, you must put it on level ground. Whether it is made from wood or metal, it's best to fix your arbour to the ground, so it doesn't blow over in strong weather and wind.

If you fit your arbour on grass and gravel, use post spikes to make this easier. Just measure and mark where the posts of the arbour will go, then hammer the spikes into the ground, slot the posts of the arbour into them, and screw them in place.

If you are placing it on decking or paving, use bolt-down post bases to keep your arbour in place. Just put the foot of each corner post of the arbour into the metal sleeves of the post bases and move into position on the surface.

Mark the fixing holes onto the decking or paving, then remove the structure and post bases. Drill and plug the holes, then screw the post bases into place. Raise the arbour frame into the sleeves and tighten the bolts, and you are good to go.

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