About the Tree Cathedral
There is a unique cathedral in Milton Keynes, not made of bricks and mortar but of bark and leaves. The Tree Cathedral at Newlands is based on the outline of Norwich Cathedral and was designed in 1986 by landscape architect Neil Higson.
Different species of trees were chosen to represent the different sections of the Cathedral. Hornbeam and tall-growing lime for the nave, evergreens to represent the central tower and spires and flowering cherry and apple as a focus in the chapels. In springtime colourful bulbs represent the sun shining through stained glass windows onto the ground.
The Cathedral has a mix of evergreen and deciduous trees, meaning it's visually stunning throughout the year.
There are no public toilets at the Tree Cathedral. The closest facilities are at the Watersports Centre at Willen Lake.
There are refreshment vendors at Willen Lake.
You’ll be able to find car parks at the below locations. Please note, car parking charges apply.
- Tree Cathedral Car Park off Livingstone Drive
- Peace Pagoda Car Park off V10 Brickhill street, which is a short walk away
- Willen Lake off the V10 Brickhill Street, which is a short walk away
Find out more about car parking charges on the Willen Lake website.
Bus stops do not have post codes. Therefore, it is better to use What 3 Words to locate them. Tree Cathedral is accessible by bus:
- No. 3 from Peace Pagoda Roundabout. Located at What 3 Words: sculpture.sketches.consonant.
- Cranfield Connect services from Peace Pagoda Roundabout. Located at What 3 Words: sculpture.sketches.consonant.
Suggested drop-off and pick-up locations. Our parks do not have postcodes. Therefore, sometimes you need to supply a landmark to your driver. You could use:
- Tree Cathedral Car Park, Livingstone Drive, opposite Gulliver's Land.
There is a path to the Tree Cathedral from the Livingstone Drive car park. Other access to the Tree Cathedral is via unmade tracks, which may be difficult in bad weather. There are gaps between the stones so please take extra care if using a walking aid. A height barrier (1.9m) is in operation in the Tree Cathedral car park.