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

Westonbirt Arboretum is 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...

Bursting Blooms family event 26 - 28 May

Walk through a living advert full of colour, scent and the promise of new life, with a trail and crafts on offer! Find out more...


See what's looking good now, find out about our Westonbirt Wednesdays half price admissions offer and trails and guided walks which will help you to make the most of spring...

STIHL Treetop Walkway construction

Get up-to-date information about construction work on the new STIHL Treetop Walkway happening now...

Westonbirt 10k: Run for the trees!

The run takes place on Monday 8 June 2015 at 7pm. Standard entry spaces have sold out, but pledge to raise £75 to support Westonbirt Arboretum and you can run for free! To register your interest in a sponsorship space please visit

Forest Live

Six dates, six artists, one stunning location for live music.

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.

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. Work is underway on phase two - a Treetop Walkway and Tree Management Centre - 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?

We visited yesterday, the trees, bluebells etc looked fantastic. We saw deer running between the trees at 1pm - a first! We also had lunch in the cafe.

All staff and volunteers we met were fantastic, very helpful in the cafe and at one point we were a little lost outside and a guide approached us and offered help - how nice. We had a delicious sandwich in the cafe. One little request would be for there to be more dairy free choices. I had egg but most other sandwiches had cheese or goats cheese in. Very pleased that there is soya milk for the tea however.

Overall a gorgeous place enhanced by your excellent staff!

wendy, 18/May/2015
5 Stars 5 Stars

I've like to echo many of the comments above. We're members and regularly use Westonbirt for easy family days out, love the special events.

I'm afraid I'd agree with food being the only letdown. Portion/choice will always be highly subjective thing, but I think on balance, compared to a National Trust venue its poor value due to quality.

Kids don't complain about the spag bol though!!!

Ben, 29/Apr/2015

Thank you for your feedback on your experience at Westonbirt, we are glad to hear you enjoy a family day out with us! Thanks for your comments on the quality of food at the Westonbirt Restaurant, we will make sure to pass them to the franchise holder for review. We hope you enjoy a visit again soon!

Forestry Commission Response
4 Stars 4 Stars

I have been coming to Westonbirt for 30yrs and think that the changes are a great improvement. The trees, as always, are spectacular, and the paths are well surfaced and accessible. However, what has happened to the food? I have had lunch there twice recently, once given what seemed to be just a plate of beans, the second time a dried up piece of chicken, a few potatoes and some leaves- for 8.50. I am 62 yrs old, and not a big eater, but the portion size was barely adequate. My male companion was horrified at the amount of food on his plate. Food at Westonbirt has always been of variable quality, but at least portion sizes were adequate. People come to walk and have appetites to match!

Trish, 28/Mar/2015

Hi, Thanks very much for your message. We are really sorry to hear you were disappointed with the food in the Westonbirt restaurant. We will make sure to pass your feedback onto the franchise holders for their immediate attention. Thanks again for taking the time to get in touch and we hope you continue to enjoy your visits to Westonbirt.

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Last updated: 05/01/2015

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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 4:45pm

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