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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...

Spring

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!

Monday 8 June 2015, 7pm. Find out more...

Forest Live

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

Friday 19 June - Paloma Faith - SOLD OUT
Saturday 20 June - Tom Odell plus very special guest Rae Morris
Sunday 21 June - The Vamps
Friday 10 July - Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters
Saturday 11 July - Spandau Ballet
Sunday 12 July - McBusted

Things to do

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

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. 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?

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.

Forestry Commission Response
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
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Last updated: 04/22/2015

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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.
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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