In this guide we’ll look at the best garden arbours for the UK market.
We’ve compared design, size, build quality and cost
to give you our top recommendations.

What Is The Best Garden Arbour?

  • Features
  • Made from pressure treated timber
  • Comfortable seat
  • Plenty of trellis for climbers
  • Cost
Rating
9.8/10
  • Features
  • Handcrafted, quality item
  • Made from pressure treated timber
  • Comes fully assembled
  • Cost
Rating
9.6/10
  • Features
  • Large-sized arbour seats 4
  • Lovely design
  • Sturdy construction
  • Cost
Rating
9.4/10
  • Features
  • Made from pressure treated timber
  • Great value
  • Plenty of trellis for climbers
  • Cost
Rating
9.3/10
  • Features
  • FSC certified pressure treated timber
  • Handy under-seat storage
  • Nice design
  • Cost
Rating
9.1/10
  • Features
  • Seats four
  • Plenty of trellis for climbing plants
  • Made from pressure treated timber
  • Cost
Rating
8.7/10
  • Features
  • Powder-coated iron construction
  • Suits a modern or traditional scheme
  • Easy to assemble
  • Cost
Rating
8.6/10

More Detailed Garden Arbour Reviews

Rowlinson Kashmir Arbour

The Rowlinson Kashmir Arbour is the best garden arbour because it is attractive, comfortable and hardwearing.

This garden arbour has a lovely design with a Kashmir style pointed roof. The arbour has lots of trellis to grow plants over and this makes it the best wooden garden arbour for planting. The arbour will make a really attractive feature in the garden once covered with climbers. The structure is constructed from sturdy timbers and these are pressure treated against rot. The finish on the wood is smooth with a natural colour.

The arbour provides comfortable and semi-sheltered seating for two or three people. The dimensions are 80 x 135 x 217.5 cm. The arbour is relatively easy to assemble and goes together nicely. It requires two people to assemble and will take about an hour.

Overall, this is a very attractive and sturdy arbour that is well suited to climbing plants and will add a lovely feature to the garden making it the best garden arbour seat.

The Rustic Log Store Co. Boat Shape Garden Arbour

The Rustic Log Store Co. Boat Shape Garden Arbour is a beautifully crafted piece that comes fully assembled and includes storage.

This garden arbour has a lovely design that looks like half a boat on its end. The seat is comfortable and there is room enough for two. The overlapping timber roof provides some shelter from sunshine and showers. The arbour also features storage in the seat. The overall dimensions of the arbour are 120 x 55 x 190 cm.

This garden arbour is beautifully crafted from pressure treated timber for a long life. All the pieces are screwed together for durability and a quality finish.

This arbour is handcrafted and of excellent quality making it the best garden arbour with storage.

Rowlinsons Haven Corner Arbour

The Rowlinsons Haven Corner Arbour is a large and lovely corner arbour that adds a beautiful sheltered seating spot to your garden.

This arbour is really beautiful and is made from good quality wood with metal inserts in the ‘window’ openings. The design is really nice with some lovely decorative elements that makes this a delightful addition to your garden. The large arbour features two seats so will comfortably seat 4 adults with room to spare. The large roof with overhang also provides protection against sun and rain.

This arbour is easy to assemble and comes with all fixings required as well as excellent instructions. It will take two people 2-3 hours to complete the assembly. The arbour comes untreated ready for you to paint or stain to suit your garden theme.

This is a beautifully designed, high-quality arbour that will make a lovely addition to any garden making it the best corner garden arbour seat to accommodate four people.

Rowlinson Victoria Arbour

The Rowlinson Victoria Arbour has a simple yet attractive classical design, is made from pressure treated timber and has plenty of slats and trellis to support climbing plants.

This is a nice wide arbour with a comfortable seat and plenty of space for climbers to grow around it. The arbour has a lovely traditional design and will add a pretty feature to the garden, especially once covered with plants. The arbour is well constructed from sturdy FSC certified timber which has been pressure treated to withstand rot.

The arbour comes flat packed ready for self-assembly. This will take two people about an hour and a half. Once constructed it looks great and offers excellent value for a solid pressure-treated structure.

This is a solid and durable arbour that provides plenty of space for climbers to grow up and around it to make a gorgeous garden feature.

Barcelona Garden Arbour Seat

The Barcelona Garden Arbour Seat has a nice design, is solidly built and features storage under the seat.

This arbour has a very nice design that would suit both modern and traditional gardens. The arbour features smooth panel sides, a solid roof and some panels of trellis near the top. The bench seat is very comfortable and the under-seat storage makes a useful space to store cushions and other garden paraphernalia.

The arbour is made from pressure treated timber and guaranteed for 10 years against rot. The timber is FSC certified. The arbour is solidly constructed from good quality timber and offers good value for money. The dimensions are 1.57m x 0.67m x 2.00m. The item is relatively easy to construct with good instructions that include photos. It will require two people to assemble the arbour and will take around 2 1/2 hours.

Overall, this arbour will make a lovely addition to the garden, is solidly built and provides comfortable seating for two.

Dunster House Wooden Pergola Arbour

The Dunster House Wooden Pergola Arbour is a large garden structure that provides seating for at least four adults as well as plenty of space for climbing plants

This arbour is sturdily constructed from pressure treated timber. It is a lovely big garden feature that provides lots of seating and will make a dramatic statement in the garden. The arbour has two comfortable seats with armrests.

The arbour comes flat packed and will take two people an afternoon to put together as there are a lot of pieces and it’s quite large. Once constructed it feels solid and looks lovely.

This is a lovely large garden arbour that seats four making it the best garden arbour seat for families.

Relaxdays Rose Arch, with Bench

If you would prefer a metal structure in your garden the Relaxdays Rose Arch with Bench offers the ideal solution being sturdy yet lightweight, comfortable and attractive.

This sturdy arbour is made from powder-coated iron for durability. The arbour features a nice seat that is very comfortable with the addition of a couple of cushions.  The black metal structure is very stylish and has detailing that looks nice and will support climbing plants. Once covered with climbers this will create a romantic nook in the garden. It would suit both modern schemes and more traditional gardens.

This arbour offers a great low-cost option as it is pretty sturdy for the price so offers the best garden arbour bench for the money. The arbour is very easy to assemble as every part is numbered and they just screw together.

This metal arbour looks very attractive and offers an easy to construct, low-cost option that looks great in the garden making it the best metal garden arbour.

Buyer’s Guide

Comfort

Garden arbours provide a lovely spot to sit in the garden offering privacy, shade and protection from the elements. To enhance the experience many have wooden slatted bench seats that recline slightly to provide comfortable seating. For the most comfortable seat, look for an arbour that is made from smooth wood and is sturdy enough to provide plenty of support. The comfort of your arbour will be enhanced by a couple of seat cushions, too.

Design

There are many style of garden arbour available. The design you choose will depend on several factors. Firstly, you will want an arbour that comfortably seats the right amount of people. Most can seat two adults but a few designs create seating space for four so the whole family can enjoy the arbour.

Another factor to consider is whether you want to have your arbour covered with flowers. If you do, then choose one with plenty of trellis so your climbers can easily twine themselves up and over the structure.

Size

Arbours are available in a range of sizes so you can find the best one for your space. Many are quite compact and will fit into even small gardens. Corner arbours offer plenty of seating and make great use of the space in your garden. An arbour with integral storage is handy so you can store cushions and other garden paraphernalia.

Material

Garden arbours are usually made of wood or metal. Both look great in the garden. Wooden arbours usually create the most solid seating as well as a sturdy structure over which to grow plants. Lighter metal options are easier to move around and often very simple to assemble.

Weatherproof

Garden arbour are usually made from pressure treated timber as this can resist rot and last for years. If you choose an arbour that is made from timber that is not pressure treated you should treat it every year to provide weather protection. Metal arbours are usually powder coated as this ensures they can stand up to the elements and resist rust for longer.

Conclusion

An arbour makes a lovely feature in the garden especially when covered in climbing plants. In addition, arbours make a lovely seating area and provide protection from sun and wind as well as the occasional shower.

I would recommend the Rowlinson Kashmir Arbour because it is really well built, has plenty of trellis for climbers and provides a comfortable seat