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Colour rating today: turning golden turning golden

Feel good this autumn with activity sheets, forest trails and our mindfulness guide.

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

Autumn at the National Arboretum

The spectacular autumn colours of Westonbirt Arboretum are world renowned for their stunning beauty and vibrance. Discover them for yourself this autumn and revel in one of nature's most breathtaking sights...

Though it is impossible to say exactly when the best time to see the autumn colours will be, we estimate that this year they will be at their peak in mid October. Stay fully up-to-date with what the autumn colours are doing by calling our Autumn Colour Hotline: 0300 067 5691

Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott, along with special guest Billy Bragg, announced for Forest Live 2018

We are thrilled to announce that Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott, along with special guest Billy Bragg, will be performing at Westonbirt on Friday 15 June 2018,  as part of Forest Live 2018. The pair’s latest album ‘Crooked Calypso’ charted at no 2, and they will be performing material from their duo albums and songs from The Beautiful South and the Housemartins. Tickets go on sale Friday 20 October 9am

Book your tickets for Enchanted Christmas

The count down to Christmas has begun! General admission for tickets to Enchanted Christmas is now open! Take a magical walk amongst the trees of Westonbirt Arboretum, on a very special illuminated Christmas trail. Find out more....

Seed Spectacular! Our autumn family event

This half term get the whole family exploring the fascinating world of seeds, discovering how they fly and grow. Join in with a range of exciting arts and craft activities, from acorn rolling to berry juice painting, or design your very own seed!

What do other visitors say?

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Really unimpressed. Went Sat Oct 14th,first visit for several years but after 20 entrance fee for two of us, left after ten minutes! Expected to enjoy the Autumn colour.But not countless dogs on extending leads,not only fighting but in the way,children on scooters again in the way,burger stands etc,etc.Complete chaos,also found entrance and the area round the cafe very scruffy.No attempt at all to make it attractive.No intention of a return visit, National Trust should consider the ethos behind Westonbirt.

christine gray, 15/Oct/2017

Thanks for taking the time to send us your feedback. We're sorry to hear that you were unhappy with your visit. As autumn is our busiest time of year, the main entrance to the site is often busy during the day. However, with 600 acres to explore it is possible to get away from the crowds. If you want some advice on where to go for a quieter walk then please do just ask a member of staff at the Welcome Building. In order to cater for the needs of all our visitors, we do allow dogs in the Silk Wood (off the lead as long as they are kept under control) and on the lead on the Downs area. However, the Old Arboretum is a dog free zone. In order to provide food and drink options for all our guests, during the autumn we do have additional catering vans onsite. This is to ensure that everyone is able to purchase refreshment without having to queue for too long. Please note that Westonbirt Arboretum is cared for by the Forestry Commission, not the National Trust

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Came down from Edinburgh and thought would be good time to visit. Appreciated the stewards directing the parking, but one look at the queue to enter and turned and left, there was no sign it was even moving, and we were not the only ones to give up at this stage. Appreciate this is peak season, but other attractions offer the ability to buy/book in advance and with a starting point 400 miles north don't think a season-ticket is a value for money option.

Jenny, 15/Oct/2017

Thanks for taking the time to send us your feedback. We're sorry to hear that you were unable to enter the Arboretum. Mid-October is the busiest time of the year for us and queuing is to be expected to enter site. We work with our parking partner to ensure that everyone can enter the arboretum as quickly and safely as possible. 10am-1:30pm is often our busiest time in terms on people arriving onsite, and so if you wish to avoid the queues we strongly advise that you arrive outside of these times.

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Me and my family would love to see the red Autumn leaves, just wondering how's the color now? we are planning to pay a visit on the Nov 3 weekend. Also, any booking needed to get into the park?

Many thanks !

Joyce, 15/Oct/2017

So great to hear that you are planning a visit to us! The autumn colours are looking beautiful, so you're in for a treat. At the moment we're just coming into the peak of the season, with stunning oranges and reds coming through. Although it is impossible to say how long the season will last, you should be ok with mid-November. To keep up completely up to date with the colours, you can check our Friday colour updates on Facebook or call our autumn hotline on 0300 067 5691. There is no need to book for the car park. We look forward to seeing you soon.

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Last updated: 19th October 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

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Open 9am - 5pm every day except Christmas Day.
*last admission is 4:30pm

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