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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!

Kids Go Free to Westonbirt, 26 July - 31 August

School's out for summer and Westonbirt Arboretum is here to keep the kids entertained throughout the holidays, with our Kids Go Free offer from 26 July to 31 August. So get the family into the great outdoors Gruffalo Spotting, being tree detectives, getting arty at our exciting family event and much more!

Westonbirt Arboretum's Tree Spotter's Guide

We are thrilled to announce that our new Tree Spotter's Guide is now available from Tidings at Westonbirt shop and online. Written by leading Dendrologist Dan Crowley, this is the only guide you need to help you identify the nation's most popular trees, as you wander through the beautiful woodlands and gardens of Britain.

Calling all Tree Detectives! We need you to help solve the mystery of the sickly beech!

Follow our new Tree Detective trail to hunt for clues, examine the different suspects and crack the case at the end. We’ve even put a few natural play features along the way in case you get tiered from all that detective work! Pick up your Tree Detective trail guide from the Welcome Building

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?

4 Stars 4 Stars

Pushing a manual wheelchair round the Silk Wood summer trail anti-clockwise, it took quite an effort to go up from the Waste Gate to the Silk Wood barn. Otherwise, the paths were easy and it's excellent for a wheelchair based trip. The disabled facilities were excellent and the staff very helpful. I was offered a motorised chair but it wasn't suitable for us.

Lesley V, 21/Jul/2017
5 Stars 5 Stars

We joined for regular exercise that comes with ever changing views in a healthy environment with good facilities. Westonbirt did not disappoint. It offers one of the best value for money annual memberships you can find as you only have to visit 3-4 times to make it pay. It's an all year round place, not just Autumn. There are so many on and off-track routes you take, or just make up your own. Joining also means you can visit after the ticket office closes.

D&T, 19/Jul/2017
5 Stars 5 Stars

I visit up to three times a week. Always enjoy walking amongst the trees and meeting people. Enjoy a coffe with friendly welcoming staff. Silk wood is exceptional and with my dog always meet other humans. So pleased I'm still fit enough to be able to walk and enjoy so much natural woodland. Staff are friendly also.

Anonymous, 18/Jul/2017

Thank you so much for your lovely review. We hope to see you again soon.

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Last updated: 27th July 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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Opening Times:
Open 9am - 5pm every day except Christmas Day.
*last admission is 4:30pm

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