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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!

Please note that the pathway through Acer Glade in the Old Arboretum will be closed on Tuesday 19th September for some filming by the BBC.

Early autumn colour can still be seen around the colour circle, and around the Maple Loop in the Silk Wood. We apologise for any inconvenience.

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...

Early Bird tickets for Enchanted Christmas: booking is open to Friends

The magical Enchanted Christmas illuminated trail will be returning to Westonbirt this December, and Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum can now book tickets. General admission booking will open on Monday 25 September.

Autumn Poetry Trail: Conversations with Trees

Westonbirt Arboretum has long been a source of inspiration to artists and poets alike; if you choose to wander along the seasonal trail this autumn, you’ll discover eight very special poetry installations amongst the branches, featuring the inspirational poems of local poet Marchant Barron.

The little book of disappearing trees

Westonbirt Arboretum is home to about 100 of the world’s most threatened trees, discover some of them and learn about the work we do to preserve them on with our free little book of disappearing trees, available from the Welcome Building

Early Bird tickets for Enchanted Christmas booking is open to Friends

The magical Enchanted Christmas illuminated trail will be returning to Westonbirt this December, and Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum can now book tickets. General admission booking will open on Monday 25 September.

What do other visitors say?

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What an amazing day out with Alfie the dog. Such gorgeous autumn colours on show. Thank you for a lovely day. We've found another favourite place!

Jen, 14/Sep/2017

Thank you for taking the time to send us such lovely feedback. We are so thrilled that you enjoyed your visit. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Forestry Commission Response

I wonder if the visit suits a wheelchair? We are moving to Cheltenham in two weeks. It sounds a super place to visit and walk and wheel if suitable.

Many thanks.

Sheelagh, 14/Sep/2017

Hi, Great to hear from you. We make all of our trails as accessible and wheelchair friendly as possible, so you will be fine to visit. Good luck with your move and we look forward to seeing you soon.

Forestry Commission Response

Hi if we are National Trust members do we have acces in Westonbirt Arboretum?

Thanks,

Corina Anghel, 13/Sep/2017

Hi, Thanks for getting in touch. No, National Trust members do not have free access to the arboretum. Westonbirt is cared for by the Forestry Commission.

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Last updated: 19th September 2017
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  • 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.
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