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Westonbirt, The National Arboretum

Forestry Commission, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 8QS

Tel: +44 (0)300 067 4890

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Autumn at Westonbirt Arbouretum

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The National Aboretum has reopened to the public. For the foreseeable future, visitors and members of the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum will need to pre-book their tickets online before they come to site. Standard pricing will apply, however, Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum will be able to access their own tickets for free when they provide their membership number. More information to be found here.

Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, managed by the Forestry Commission, is one of the finest collections of temperate trees and shrubs in the world.

The 600 acre arboretum is home to 3,000 different species of trees and around 15,000 individual specimens. A place of environmental and historical importance, its Victorian creator Robert Holford was fascinated by rare and beautiful plants and helped finance expeditions to collect specimens from around the world.

Westonbirt is known internationally for its spectacular autumn colour display, but offers an unforgettable day out all year round, from magnificent flowering trees in spring, to sculptural and bright-stemmed specimens in winter.

Activities throughout the year
Events, workshops and family activities run throughout the year. Signature events include Treefest in August and the spectacular Enchanted Christmas illuminated trail in November and December.
There are 17 miles of paths throughout the arboretum and dozens of leafy glades with levels of accessibility to suit a range of visitors. Free weekend guided walks led by knowledgeable volunteers are available from Easter to October, and you can fire your children’s imaginations with an adventure into the trees along our play trail.
There are mobility scooters and manual wheelchairs available to borrow (it is advisable to book these in advance), special group rates on request and retail and refreshment opportunities onsite.
Westonbirt has a huge area, Silk Wood, for you and your dog to explore. The Old Arboretum and the Christopher Mitchell Information Centre are dog-free zones.

Gruffalo Sculptures - If you venture into the deep dark wood you may bump into the Gruffalo, the Gruffalo's Child and other characters from the book too!

Zog Activity trail - Based on Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s magical children’s picture book, children are invited to step into the forest classroom and learn lessons just like Zog, the loveable, if somewhat clumsy, dragon at Dragon School. Learn how animals fly, what sounds they make and how they catch their prey! As well as winning gold stars along the self-led trail, there will be reveal panels which have a hidden image that children can find using a coloured lens in their activity pack. Available to buy for just £3 the activity pack will also include a Zog mask, activity sheets a pencil and stickers.

Spring at Westonbirt
After a long and wet winter, the first signs that spring is on the way are starting to be spotted at Forestry England’s Westonbirt, The National Arboretum. To help the public take in the best of the new season, the team at Westonbirt have today launched a new walking trail, which will get visitors using all five senses to experience one of the world’s most beautiful woodland gardens. As visitors wind their way through the trees, they’ll find various stops on the way which will demonstrate how wildlife, plants and humans interact with the natural world around them using all five senses.

The trail is free after entry to the arboretum, and a free accompanying map can be collected from the Welcome Building on arrival. The new spring seasonal trail will be at the arboretum until the 31 May.

​​​​​​Summer at Westonbirt
Westonbirt is the perfect place in which to escape from hot weather, green leafy rides and secluded glades providing cool refreshment from the sun.

Over the August Bank Holiday weekend you can enjoy Treefest - watch as carvers take inspiration from nature to create large wooden sculptures, listen to local live music, see traditional woodcraft and woodland skills, meet local food producers and watch live arena demonstrations.

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Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)

* Westonbirt is open 364 days of the year for you to enjoy.
March - November: 9am - 4.30pm
December - February: 9am - 4pm
Last admission 4.30pm

The above times should be used as an indicator during the recovery phase from the global pandemic.

Please double-check details by visiting the website via the link above before you visit

Further Information

Other

  • Gift Shop

Accessibility

  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users
  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors - Some woodland paths are not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • Facilities for the Disabled
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Attraction Facilities

  • Childrens Play Area
  • Plant Sales
  • Shop

Catering

  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Picnic Site

Children & Infants

  • Facilities for children

Establishment Features

  • Available for wedding receptions
  • Conference facilities
  • Dogs Accepted
  • Event venue
  • Tea / Coffee Shop
  • Toilets
  • Wedding Venue

Key Features

  • Approx length of visit - 2.5 hours
  • Forest Location
  • In countryside
  • Outdoor Attraction

Parking & Transport

  • Car parking
  • Coach Parking
  • On Bus Route

Payment Methods

  • Special group rates

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed towards families
  • Marketed towards senior citizens

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted - Please enquire for further details

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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

4.5 of 5 stars
  • Certificate of Excellence 2020
  • Excellent
    1338
  • Very Good
    673
  • Average
    233
  • Poor
    93
  • Terrible
    84

Recent Reviews:

  • catharinebm
    Dorset, United Kingdom
    Day of wandering in stunning parklands, from Cherrington close by.
    5 of 5 stars
    Friday, 18th September 2020
    We spent several hours here in August 2020, having driven the 20 minutes from our Shepherd's Hut mid-week break at Lockstone Bottom Barn, Cherrington, GL88PF. Although we had taken our own picnic due... Read full review
  • margaret H
    Ebbw Vale, United Kingdom
    Will visit again
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 19th September 2020
    It was lovely walking around the grounds, it was amazing to see the hundreds of different trees and the amazing colours. This is a great day out for all the family and dogs are welcome, lot's of... Read full review
  • vhuntley109
    Yatton, United Kingdom
    A lovely visit!
    4 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 19th September 2020
    Enjoyed a lovely morning at the arboretum this morning. The timed entry system worked really well- visitor numbers felt very safe and well managed. The trees were beautiful- just getting their autumn... Read full review

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