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Explore Westonbirt, The National Arboretum
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 4/5)

A remarkable place for people to enjoy and learn about trees - 15,000 specimens from all over the globe offer the perfect setting to escape, relax or have an adventure..

Elbow announced for Forest Live 2017

Elbow will be performing at Westonbirt Arboretum on 15th June 2017.

Elbow’s rise over the past two decades has seen them become one of the most important bands in contemporary British music. Front man Guy Garvey’s story-telling lyrics have honed their unique identity and sound to establish the band's passionate fan base and critical acclaim on their musical journey, including two Ivor Novellos and a BRIT award for Best British Band.

Elbow’s seventh studio album ‘Little Fictions’ will be released on 3rd February.

Early bird entry to Westonbirt 10K now open

Looking for a new challenge in 2017? Get fit and run for the trees at the Westonbirt 10K on Wednesday 24 May 2017, 7pm. Early bird entry is now open!

Birt's 'I spy' adventure

Follow Birt on his adventure around the arboretum with our free family activity booklet... 

Forest Live 2017

Elbow, Rick Astley and Olly Murs have been announced for Westonbirt in 2017.

STIHL Treetop Walkway

Follow a serpentine path through the trees and into the leafy canopy. The STIHL Treetop Walkway is family-friendly and accessible for all!

Events, workshops and walks

Make the most of your visit and explore our lively programme of events...

What do other visitors say?

More indoor restaurant facilities would be good . But such an enjoyable day

Anonymous, 8/Nov/2016
5 Stars 5 Stars

Truely amazing colours. Beech gold and Acers on fire - Busy but well organised.

Peter & Marilyn, 5/Nov/2016
3 Stars 3 Stars

As a member of Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum I regularly walk in Silk Wood year round with my dog. From late November through to April Westonbirt is a peaceful beautiful place to walk, unwind and take in stunning scenery which is managed by staff with obvious love care and attention. I appreciate that late September through to mid November is inevitably going to be busy with the beautiful Autumn colours on display. However, having visited twice this week I have been appalled at the behaviour of some visitors. I have been subjected to verbal abuse from several other visitors who clearly weren't dog lovers. I hasten to add my dog was not in any way shape or form misbehaving or being a nuisance but audible comments like 'b****y dogs' and 'should be on a lead' were being banded about. I realise WA staff have no control over the behaviour of other visitors but the space is for everyone to enjoy. For some people listening to other children crying and having temper tantrums or running around oblivious of others is an irritation but it would not be deemed acceptable to berate parents in the same way dog walkers are. There are designated areas of the Arboretum which are dog free. As a dog owner I accept this but I feel I should be entitled to walk my dog without being subjected to abuse in areas of the Arboretum that are deemed to be 'dog friendly'. Would it be possible to put clear notices at both entrances to Silk Wood that clarifies that dogs are welcome and can be off-lead and that anti-social behaviour towards other visitors is not acceptable.

Another issue is that some areas of the overflow car park are a significant distance from the Welcome Centre and Silk Wood. As a supporter of WA I think priority parking in the main car park should be available to members as a good will gesture.

Anonymous, 2/Nov/2016

Hi there Thank you for giving us your comments on your visit and we are sorry to hear about the incidents you mention. We are currently undergoing a review of our dogs policy and signage. Your feedback on signage is really useful to us and we will be taking it on board. Thank you for your suggestion regarding priority parking, the management team will review this. We hope you enjoy a visit to Westonbirt again soon.

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Last updated: 16th January 2017

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What's Here?

  • Arboreta
  • Baby Changing
  • Cafe
  • Easy Access
  • Educational
  • Parking (chargeable)
  • Picnic
  • Play area
  • Restaurant
  • Shop
  • Toliets
  • Dogs
  • Dogs are free to roam Silk Wood. We ask dogs to be kept on a lead near the cafe/ restaurant and shop. The Old Arboretum is a dog free zone.
  • Walking
  • Hard paths can be found throughout the arboretum. Call 0300 067 4861 to book an electric scooter or manual wheelchair.
  • Wildlife
  • The bird viewing area can be found near Holly Bush Gate in the Old Arboretum.
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OS Grid ref: ST851898
Postcode: GL8 8QS

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Westonbirt Arboretum

0300 067 4890

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Open 9am - 5pm every day except Christmas Day.
*last admission is 4:00pm

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