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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!

STIHL Treetop Walkway wins Civic Trust Award

We are proud to announce that the Walkway has won a Civic Trust Award, and was also shortlisted for the Selwyn Goldsmith Universal Design award (awarded for accessibility). Find out more...

We love Spring

Spring has finally arrived at Westonbirt Arboretum, and the arboretum is coming alive with wildflowers, rhododendrons, camellias, bluebells and much more. See nature's spectuclar colour show as the landscape transforms into a riot of colour this spring.

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

Forest Live 2017

Craig David, Elbow, Rick Astley and Olly Murs [Olly Murs is now SOLD OUT] have been announced for Westonbirt in 2017. Tickets for shows are selling fast so book soon to avoid disappointment!

New: Picture Perfect Trail

Discover how we use different landscape ideas to create a perfect picture everytime!

What do other visitors say?

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I am dismayed by what I view as the 'Disneyfication' of Silk Wood.

Whilst I understand the desire to increase accessibility and commercial scope, this has to be carefully balanced with maintaining the character and atmosphere of the wood. Sadly I feel a line has been crossed and Silk Wood has already lost much of it's charm. Ironically, by removing the disabled parking spaces from Skilling Gate, you have rendered it inaccessible to many.

Deborah, 22/Feb/2017

Thank you for taking the time to send us your feedback, it is very much appreciated. We work hard to make sure that the Arboretum appeals to a range of visitors, with activities for children in some areas, and quiet walking areas in others. We try to ensure that the arboretum is as accessible to all as possible. There are disabled spaces available in the car park and we also have mobility scooters available for hire from the Welcome Building so that everyone can experience the arboretum. More information on this can be found on our website:

Forestry Commission Response
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We are Westonbirt member and have visited for many years with our dogs.

Whilst I appreciate that everyone wants to enjoy the site and and may not like dogs, I do feel that I have to stick up for all the responsible dog owners that enjoy Westonbirt in all weathers to walk their dogs and chill out from the working day/week. In all the years I have been going there I have not yet met one dog owner who wasn't friendly, but I do have to say I have noticed dog muck lately which is inexcusable as free dog poop bags are's a pity that the bin along the path just past the bridge had been removed however.

We tend to stick to the back routes to avoid the crowds and are dogs are not let off their leads until we have left the main paths...which from what I've seen most dogs owners do. We have never been in the Old Arboretum with our dogs as obviously we are not allowed too.

A few times we have very nearly been knocked off our feet by children riding bikes or scooters but just see it as children letting off steam. I have never seen a dog using the bridge as a pooing area...what the heck?!!!

Not all people like dogs but I really hope that Westonbirt don't let the minority spoil it for others or rethink their dog friendly policy as that would be a real shame...we're a nation of dog lovers after all. Hopefully we can continue to enjoy it together!

Anonymous, 19/Feb/2017

To the family who attempted to visit on 8.2.17. The website clearly says under Plan your visit,the price to get in. I can't find anything about paying for parking

Anonymous, 19/Feb/2017
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Last updated: 18th March 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

Opening & Parking

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

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