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Explore Westonbirt, The National Arboretum
(Average user rating: 4 unrated 3.9/5)

An internationally renowned tree collection, heritage landscape and fantastic location for playing, walking, relaxing and learning about nature. What will Westonbirt Arboretum be to you?

Gruffalo's Child trail

Explore the forest, follow the trail and enjoy fun activities along the way...

Things to do

Events, workshops, guided walks, ideas for your visit... 

Christmas Trees

Buying your Christmas tree at Westonbirt Arboretum... 

Forest Live

We're delighted to confirm that Tom Odell is the first of six acts to announce they'll be playing at Westonbirt Arboretum in summer 2015. Find out more about Forest Live at Westonbirt Arboretum... 

Planning your visit

Directions, details about food and drink onsite, the plant centre and shop, facilities, accessibility, admission prices and information for groups to help plan your visit.

Tree collection and heritage landscape

Find out what's looking good and when. The diversity and history of Westonbirt's tree collection and heritage landscape is astonishing - every tree provides a link to the past or future.

Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum

Join the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum and visit for free with great value annual or 10 year membership, whilst supporting this world-class tree collection.

Education and learning

Visit the education and learning pages to book led or self-led visits for your school, or download activities to to take on your visit.

The Westonbirt Project

The Westonbirt Project will create a better welcome and understanding of Westonbirt Arboretum. Fundraising is now underway for phase two - find out more on the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum website.

The Welcome Building has been awarded a BREEAM 'Excellent' rating for its low environmental impact, subject to final certification by the BRE. Read our case study to find out more...

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

I have two young children - 18 months and three and Westonbirt is a superb and much visited attraction for us. The paths are safe, well maintained so I can take the pushchair along (for when little legs get tired!) Amongst the trees in the old arboretum are some wonderful natural attractions, we ALWAYS have to pay a visit to the Gruffalo, but hide and seek and collect the leaves are also favourite games.

Baby changing facilities are superb and also pushchair accessible (a must with two little ones.)

The caf■ has plentiful portions (particularly the wadges of cake,) and we always manage to get highchairs and a clean table.

On a grown up note I am also a keen amateur photographer and artist and I always come away with new images to inspire fresh artworks.

30 years ago when I was a youngster I was brought here by my parents to enjoy these beautiful trees and I am delighted that I am able to build similar fond memories here now for my two little ones. Thank you!

Rachael, 24/Aug/2014
4 Stars 4 Stars

We visited Treefest today as a family of 3 adults. We were very impressed with the accessibility of the site and particularly the mobility scooter which we were able to borrow free of charge. We had pre-booked it by phone and arrived early for the pick-up at the Welcome centre. Staff were very efficient and friendly and sorted out a scooter immediately, giving us an extra 30 minutes of use. The scooter coped very well with the Treefest site and a trip into Silk Wood, allowing all of us to enjoy the day together. Thank you for a very enjoyable experience.

Sue, 23/Aug/2014
4 Stars 4 Stars

We love the Arboretum and are regular weekly visitors to the Silk Wood where we walk our dog. Our treat at the end of the walk was always a visit to the Maples Restaurant for a coffee and a cheese scone. However since the restaurant has changed management we think the standard of the food has deteriorated.The cheese scones are often burned and there is a limited selection of alternatives. We had lunch there during Treefest and it was very disappointing and expensive. Having said that, the staff are always very pleasant and helpful. Great efforts have been made to improve other facilities on the site so it is a shame that the refreshments are so disappointing.

Anonymous, 23/Aug/2014

Thank you very much for letting us know your thoughts with regards to the food at the Westonbirt Restaurant. The restaurant is run by a franchise holder and we will make sure to pass your comments on for them to take on board.

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Last updated: 12/21/2014

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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 01666 881218 to book an electric scooter or manual wheelchair.
  • Wildlife
  • The bird viewing area can be found near Holly Bush Gate in the Old Arboretum.
More about what's here

Location

OS Grid ref: ST851898
Postcode: GL8 8QS

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Contact

Westonbirt Arboretum

01666 880220
westonbirt@­forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Opening & Parking

Opening Times:
Open 9am - 5pm every day except Christmas Day.
*last admission is 4:45pm

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