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Explore Westonbirt, The National Arboretum
(Average user rating: 5 unrated 4.1/5)

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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!

Enchanted Christmas  2017

The count down to Christmas has begun! Take a magical walk amongst the trees of Westonbirt Arboretum, on a very special illuminated Christmas trail. Find out more

Become a Westonbirt Volunteer!

Become part of Westonbirt Arboretum and join our team of friendly and enthusiatic volunteers! You'll learn new skills, meet like minded people, and get to work in the stunning surroundings of the National Arboretum. Find out about our current opportunities

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 now on sale!

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

First ever visit yesterday and loved every minute - confirmed totally that trees are good for the soul - and poetry can be too.....

Anonymous, 18/Nov/2017
5 Stars 5 Stars

Lovely place for all ages , each season so different and inspiring. Lots of activities for young and nibble older ones. The buggy hire was invaluable when I had cancer and such fun. Nice to see the dogs enjoying the environment. The restaurant and outdoor eating area are very nice. Lovely gifts in the visitors shop, easily spend a whole day here.

Bee, 13/Nov/2017
3 Stars 3 Stars

Im disappointed again to read numerous comments about people complaining about dogs at Westonbirt...with someone even complaining about people owning two or three dogs, obviously not a dog lover as they would realise dogs are pack animals who love another dog to live with!!!! Us dog lovers who are also members who

helped keep Westonbirt going in the days before it became like a theme park are being made to feel even more unwelcome!!! We see the disapproving looks towards our dogs even though they are well behaved and kept on leads in the busy areas. Numerous times we've nearly been run over by kids on bikes or scooters and kids expecting elderly people to jump out of the way with not a word from the parents.. Come on Westonbirt you really need to get the balance right or youre going to lose some loyal members, but maybe youre not bothered as were not your target market anymore.

Samanrha, 12/Nov/2017

We're sorry to hear that you have been unhappy with your recent visits, and in particular that you feel that dog owners are now unwelcome. Please rest assured that we value our loyal customers, and work hard to ensure that all our visitors feel welcome when on site. As we have many dog lovers and non-dog owners amongst visitors, we feel that the fairest way is to make the Silk Wood (which encompasses two thirds of the arboretum) dog friendly, but to keep the Old Arboretum a dog free zone. Dogs are also welcome to be off the lead in Silk Wood as long as they are kept under control.

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Last updated: 22nd November 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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Opening Times:
Open 9am - 5pm every day except Christmas Day.
*last admission is 4:30pm

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