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(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!

Unleash your CreativiTree!

Let your imagination run wild at Westonbirt Arboretum this winter. Drop into the Welcome Building to discover how trees and nature have shaped the world of art and culture and have a go at making your own tree-inspired artistic creations!  

Ready...Set...Run for the Trees at the Westonbirt 10K

We are thrilled to announce that the Westonbirt 10K will be held on 23 May 2018. Get fit and have fun as you run for the trees in the stunning setting of Westonbirt Arboretum. Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum charity runner places are now open!

The Highway Rat Activity Trail

Follow the Highway Rat on an exciting new adventure through the arboretum. Along our all new Highway Rat Activity Trail, inspired by the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, you'll collect food rubbings and complete fun activities.

George Ezra to perform at Forest Live 2018

George Ezra will be performing at Westonbirt Arboretum on Sunday 17 June, as part of our Forest Live concert series this summer. See George play new songs and best loved hits in the stunning outdoor setting of the National Arboretum. Tickets go on sale Friday 12 January.

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!

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?

As a member I continue to be saddened by the often vitriolic posts about dogs. Despite being a fully paid up member as a dog owner I can only access Silk Wood which I totally accept. I wish others were as tolerant. I don't necessarily want to listen to screaming children but I realise that in a shared world I can't have it all my own way. May I suggest clearer signage that pre-warns those less tolerant that Silk Wood is dog friendly and for a dog free experience they may prefer the Old Arboretum.

Anonymous, 30/Dec/2017

Thanks for taking the time to send us your feedback - we do our best to ensure that Westonbirt provides something for both dog walkers and non dog walkers by keeping the Old Arboretum dog free but by welcoming dogs into Silk Wood. Your comments regarding clearer signage on this policy onsite have been passed onto the team and will be taken on board going forward.

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We visited the Enchanted Christmas last weekend, I was quite disappointed. It was very similar to the year before last. Its quite expensive for what it is

we arrived at 3pm to have a little look around the grounds, the door staff were most unpleasant and wouldnt let us in. We weren't even permitted to go to the coffee shop!

Would not recommend it due to this.

On a normal day it is a lovely place but too expensive, considering they have a gift shop and cafe they make money from.

Caroline , 21/Dec/2017

Hi, Thanks for taking the time to send us your comments - we are always looking for ways to improve and your comments will be taken on board going forward. In order to allow us time to set up for the event, we do close general entry admission to the site at 2pm on Enchanted Christmas days. This is to allow staff time to set up for the event so we can ensure that the evening is a success. We made every effort to communicate this clearly to visitors on the website and social media. In order to continue to care for the many rare and remarkable trees we have here at the arboretum, we do charge a fee of 7 per adult in the winter, and 10 per adult in spring, summer and autumn. We are completely not for profit and all entrance fees go back into caring for the nation's trees and forests. We ensure that we offer excellent value for money by providing a wide range of activities and events onsite free after admission, such as family events in the school holidays, the seasonal trail, seasonal family trail, TreeQuest App, STIHL Treetop Walkway and more.

Forestry Commission Response
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Have been wanting to visit for a long time and now family have moved nearby we did so. What is not clear, and you also do not cover in your answers to comments people have made about entrance prices, is that there is an annual membership which also allows entrance to the botanical gardens at Kew, Cardiff, Edinburgh and other places! We arrived and were discussing the costs of entry and said to the cashier about the annual fee and was then verbally told about the joint access to other gardens with the annual membership. We have the Edinburgh membership so then said we had it but didnt realise so hadnt got our tickets with us. After checking in the car we returned and was told you have no method of checking if we hold membership so we decided we had to pay the full admission. If you advertise the annual membership and how good it is with admission to other gardens you would probably get a whole lot of people buying it and then dropping by for short visits and a meal, rather than feeling it is so expensive you have to make a day of it. Also we did enjoy our (expensive) visit. The idea of climbing a hill isnt that appealing but the very clever walkway up into the trees is not a climb yet suddenly we were up in the treetops, a very clever design. We enjoyed a cup of tea in the cafe designed like a tree house and lots of people were having full meals very happily. Thinking of buying family the annual membership but will have to research which is the best to buy, for instance, yours which allows access to Kew, or Kew which allows acces to you. They are different prices I think ...

Sarah, 20/Dec/2017
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Last updated: 20th January 2018
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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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