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Westonbirt, The National Arboretum

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Autumn at Westonbirt Arbouretum CREDIT Pete Thompson

About

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.

STIHL Treetop Walkway

Experience a birds-eye view of Westonbirt's wonderful trees on the STIHL Treetop Walkway. 300 metres in length and gradually rising to a height of 13 metres above ground, there's something to see every season from this amazing elevated viewpoint. The main walkway is step-free, making it accessible to those using mobility scooters, wheelchairs, pushchairs and dogs on leads. Access to the walkway is included in admission.

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.

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.

Autumn at Westonbirt

Autumn is a fabulous time of year at Westonbirt and wherever you go, the natural firework display of colours is superb. Pick up your autumn trail map from the Welcome Building to find the best of the season's offering.

Enchanted Christmas

A spectacular one mile illuminated trail, highlighting the striking structures of Westonbirt’s trees as they are lit up against the night sky. Crafts, gifts and festive family fun also greet visitors to Westonbirt’s Enchanted Christmas event. The event runs on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings from the last weekend in November until the weekend before Christmas.

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Extras

Other

  • Gift Shop

Attraction Facilities

  • Childrens Play Area
  • Plant Sales
  • Shop

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted - Please enquire for further details

Key Features

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

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

Children & Infants

  • Facilities for children

Parking & Transport

  • Car parking
  • Coach Parking
  • On Bus Route

Catering

  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Picnic Site

Payment Methods

  • Special group rates

Establishment Features

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

Specialist Features

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

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups

Map & Directions

Road Directions

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Public Transport Directions

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Recent Reviews:

  • Latin1954
    Beverley, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    A magnificent place
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 24th June 2018
    The arboretum is a very special place. It contains huge numbers of magnificent trees ranging from British species to others from all over the world. There must be a team of highly trained and... Read full review
  • 411Tim
    Trowbridge, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Book up a gig like this
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 20th June 2018
    The wife and I visited Westonbirt Aboretum to see Paul Heaton & Jacki Abbot in concert In this day and age many artists doing the rounds sound the same their studio song repertoire offerings... Read full review
  • quorny
    Loughborough, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Couples
    Concert venue
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 19th June 2018
    We visited the Arboretum for the Paloma Faith concert. It was a great venue and very good organisation except on leaving with so many cars trying to leave all at the same time through one exit, I... Read full review
Forestry Commission
Tetbury
Gloucestershire
GL8 8QS

Tel: +44 (0)300 067 4890

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Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)

* 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

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