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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 place to relax, learn  or have an adventure!

On your marks...get ready... run for the trees! 

It's almost here...the Westonbirt 10K will take place on Wednesday 24 June, 7pm. If you are running or just coming along to cheer on the runners remember to read the runner information before arriving. See you at the finish line!

Life Up High: Family Event

Discover the hidden life of the canopy at our Life Up High family event, from Tuesday 30 May to Fri 2 June, 11am - 4pm in the Learning Centre. Discover the wildlife that lives high above us, make finger prints of the creatures you find, create your own flower petal butterfly collages, and more...

See Craig David Live at Westonbirt Arboretum on 18 June

The multi award winning artist will be singing, rapping, riffing and in an amazing outdoor forest gig which promises to be one big party from beginning to end. Book tickets today

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

What do other visitors say?

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We've been members for many years but I think this year we may have to reconsider re-newing our membership. I'm all for everyone enjoying the Arboretum especially the younger generation but in our opinion the target market now seems to be families. We took an elderly member of our family last week and we're surprised that there was not a concession entry price for senior citizens either.

What used to be a quiet walk with our dogs at the end of a tiring week is no longer, I fully appreciate the need to bring more income in but please don't forget your customers without young children who don't want to follow a gruffolo trial or be nearly knocked over by children on bikes, we can't always get there during the week when it's quieter. There was a family today who decided to sit right in the middle of one of the grass walk ways whilst they picked the wildflowers. There also seems to be an increase in the negative comments about dog walkers...ever since the treetop walkway was installed?!

We really don't want to be grumpy moo's but please don't forget the people that have supported you for years, like someone else has said maybe it would be a good idea to open up the car park again behind the restaurant so that you could start a walk from there to avoid the trail..also in the winter some of the back routes are not always accessible due to mud but of course that's no ones fault!!

It's just a thought as we love the Arboretum and want to continue enjoying it but time will tell but we seem to be outsiders now in a place where we once felt welcome.

Anonymous, 17/Apr/2017

We're sorry to hear that you did not enjoy your visit to us. One of our aims at Westonbirt is to connect everybody with trees, and we work hard to ensure that there is something for everyone onsite. We were very busy last week with the Easter school holidays but please rest assured that we value all our customers and try to ensure that there is adequate provision both for families and those who wish to have a relaxing walk through the woods. Though we do have features aimed at children, such as the Gruffalo trail, there are 17 miles of pathway through the arboretum, where other visitors can escape to the peace and quiet of the woods. We do appreciate that there have been many changes onsite in recent years - and that our long term members have felt the effects of this. All changes have been made to protect and preserve the remarkable landscape of Westonbirt and enhance the visitor experience. The reason that the car park was moved was to ensure the conservation of the Grade 1 listed landscape of the arboretum and Downs.

Forestry Commission Response

Wonderful place to escape to. Seems as though the most negative comments relate to dogs. I come at least once a week with my Labrador who, like me, loves it. Considerate dog owners...never seen an unpicked up 'present' and all dogs off leads friendly and playful...but I would like to see a few more poo bins in Silk Wood...perhaps disguised by wood cladding?

Luanne, 17/Apr/2017

Thanks for sending us your feedback and suggestion of more dog poo bins in Silk Wood. Your suggestion has been forwarded onto the team and we will review our facilities to ensure that there are adequate provision for dogs owners.

Forestry Commission Response
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Just beautiful, even on a busy Easter Sunday the car park was well managed and the arboretum can absorb so may people you still enjoy the peace and serenity of those wonderful trees.

Anonymous, 16/Apr/2017
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Last updated: 24th May 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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