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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

Entry to the Westonbirt 10K has now sold out!

Missed the boat? Never mind you can still come and cheer on the runners as a supporter on the 24 May. Entry to the arboretum is free to all supporters after 4pm.

Gruffalo Spotters at Westonbirt

From 20th February, follow clues and collect evidence as you search for the Gruffalo along the Gruffalo Spotters trail! Bring the characters to life before your eyes with The Gruffalo Spotter free app, or gather clues with an Evidence Kit. More details for Westonbirt, The National Arboretum

Forest Live 2017

Craig David, Elbow, Rick Astley and Olly Murs [Olly Murs is now SOLD OUT] have been announced for Westonbirt in 2017. Tickets for shows are selling fast so book soon to avoid disappointment!

New: Picture Perfect Trail

Discover how we use different landscape ideas to create a perfect picture everytime!

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

A pleasant wet winter walk with our dog, we wouldn't have come if you weren't dog friendly. Designated areas clearly marked but, like speed limits on roads, not everyone adheres to the rules. I don't think your access regulations are at fault, it's how (or if) you enforce them when people choose not to adhere to them.

We'll certainly return when next in the area.

Martin, 8/Feb/2017

We visited today after a 30 min drive to get there but didn't even make it throught the entrance as we were not expecting to pay the entrance fee as it is not advertised on here. All it indicates is having to pay for parking which i would expect as visited other forestry commission woods and that's what is advertised. The kids were rather disappointed.

Anonymous, 5/Feb/2017
3 Stars 3 Stars

We are members of Westonbirt and absolutely love it - we have enjoyed many wonderful walks and the enchanted forest at Christmas. We have a toddler and one of the reasons we love it so much is that we can let her run carefree in the Old Arboretum as it is dog free ... However, on our last couple of visits I have been very upset and dismayed that I have seen dogs with their owners in the Old Arboretum and off the leads in this area and one dog jumped up at our toddler and scared her. This issue really needs to be addressed as we feel there are plenty of spaces in Silk Wood if you have a dog and more needs to be done to keep the Old Arboretum dog free. The only reason I am not rating this higher stars is that. Thank you

Anonymous, 4/Feb/2017

Hi, thanks for taking the time to get in touch. Our policy is that, while dogs are very welcome in Silk Wood, no dogs are allowed in the Old Arboretum and while on the Downs must be kept on the lead. Thank you for alerting us to the fact that in some cases this policy is not being adhered to; I have passed your feedback onto the team and we will bear it in mind when considering our dog-policy going forward. In the meantime, we will do all we can to ensure that all visitors are fully aware of where dogs are and are not permitted in the Arboretum.

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Last updated: 25th February 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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