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

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!

Early closures for Enchanted Christmas days

Please be aware that last general day admission to the Arboretum on Enchanted Christmas days will be at 2pm. The Old Arboretum will be closing at 3pm to allow us time to set up for the event; Silk Wood and the restaurant area will remain open. Members only may still gain access to Silk Wood by using their membership card.  Dates where this applies are as follows: Friday 1 - Sunday 3, Thursday 7 - Sunday 10, Thursday 14 - Monday 18 December.

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

Free entry to National Lottery Players 11 - 17 December

The Westonbirt Heritage Lottery Funded Project is coming to an end. HLF granted the arboretum £1.9million in 2012 towards Phase One of the Westonbirt Project. To say thank you to Heritage Lottery Players for their support, we will be participating in the Hertiage Lottery Fund 'Say Thank You' week. From Monay 11 - Sunday 17 December visitors with a National Lottery ticket or scratch card will receive free entry to the arboretum and a free Westonbirt Guide Book worth £5!

The Script announced for Forest Live 2018

We’re delighted to announce The Script will be playing dates as part of Forest Live shows next summer! Don’t miss your chance to see them at Westonbirt Arboretum on Thursday 14 June next year. Tickets now on sale!

Pick up a 100% Santa Approved Christmas tree

The most wonderful time of the year is right around the corner and this year you'll be able to pick up your very own 100% Santa Approved tree from the National Arboretum. Trees go on sale Saturday 2 December!

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

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

Well I went to the Christmas event last night and it absolutely blew my mind. I have booked to go again twice! Have been to the arboretum many times it is absolutely fantastic. The facilities are great and it lacks the tacky nature that some similar places take on. It is peaceful and serene but still plenty for all of the family. If you have not seen the Christmas light up, do! Its spectacular.

Sal , 3/Dec/2017

That's so lovely to hear! Thanks for taking the time to send us your review! Have a great Christmas and we look forward to seeing you again at Enchanted Christmas.

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5 Stars 5 Stars

We love it here, its 40min drive but we try to come a couple of times a month with the dogs to get the most of the membership. You feel like you are in a little bubble walking around the trees. You can always find somewhere quiet even on a sunny Sat afternoon. Its beautiful, my favourite place in the area. Thank you for keeping it going :-)

Anonymous, 29/Nov/2017

We're so glad you enjoy your visits to us, and thanks so much for taking the time to post your review here! We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Forestry Commission Response
2 Stars 2 Stars

Do not visit during half term. Far too many cars, people, children, push chairs and DOGS. More like a theme park. Entrance fee too much. No peace and quiet.

I visited some years ago and it was wonderful. Not this time. Restaurant poor, tea in a paper cup.

Marianne, 28/Nov/2017

Thanks for taking the time to send us your feedback. October half term is our busiest time of year, and we receive a large number of visits to the site. Though the main entrance and restaurant facilities can be crowded during this time, with 600 acres to explore it is possible to get away from the crowds and enjoy a tranquil walk even at our busiest times. We are aware that dog lovers and non dog owners like to come and enjoy the trees here at the arboretum, and we think that our solution of allowing dogs in Silk Wood but keeping the Old Arboretum a dog free zone provides something for all our visitors. In order to care for the many rare and precious trees we care for here, we do charge a fee of 10 per adult in the autumn, spring and summer and 7 per adult in the winter. We are not for profit and all entrance fees go back into caring for the nation's trees and forests.

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Last updated: 12th December 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 4:00pm

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