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Explore Westonbirt, The National Arboretum
(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 setting to escape, relax or have an adventure..

Booking now open for Elbow at Westonbirt

Elbow will be performing at Westonbirt Arboretum on 15th June 2017.

Elbow’s rise over the past two decades has seen them become one of the most important bands in contemporary British music. Front man Guy Garvey’s story-telling lyrics have honed their unique identity and sound to establish the band's passionate fan base and critical acclaim on their musical journey, including two Ivor Novellos and a BRIT award for Best British Band.

Elbow’s seventh studio album ‘Little Fictions’ will be released on 3rd February.

Early bird entry to Westonbirt 10K now open

Looking for a new challenge in 2017? Get fit and run for the trees at the Westonbirt 10K on Wednesday 24 May 2017, 7pm. Early bird entry is now open!

Birt's 'I spy' adventure

Follow Birt on his adventure around the arboretum with our free family activity booklet... 

Forest Live 2017

Elbow, Rick Astley and Olly Murs have been announced for Westonbirt in 2017.

STIHL Treetop Walkway

Follow a serpentine path through the trees and into the leafy canopy. The STIHL Treetop Walkway is family-friendly and accessible for all!

Events, workshops and walks

Make the most of your visit and explore our lively programme of events...

What do other visitors say?

5 Stars 5 Stars

My boys and I really love the Arboretum, and regularly explore the old arboretum regardless of the weather. I suggest to everyone I know that buying a yearly pass is better value than a month pass to a softplay. And to anyone new who hasn't visited yet, I can assure you you won't be disappointed!! Look for the felled giant and the Gruffalo... Thanks to the Friends as well, for the Enchanted Christmas - it was brilliant.

Owen Walker, 9/Jan/2017
4 Stars 4 Stars

Thank you so much for the wonderful Enchanted Christmas! My 10, 8 and 4 year olds absolutely loved it. The lighting displays were stunning and the variation was very impressive, with the interactive elements being a particular favourite with the children. Although it was busy and we queued for Father Christmas and for many of the interactive features, the wait was never onorous and there was room for many many children in the art and craft area. One request from my 10 and 8 year olds for next year (they are already saying they want to go again!) - please could you have a larger carousel that they could go on?

Louise, 21/Dec/2016

We're so glad that you and your family enjoyed Enchanted Christmas! Your suggestion of a larger carousel has been sent to the planning team for 2017. Do come and visit us again soon!

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5 Stars 5 Stars

I took my 2 grandchilden to see the xmas lights on Sunday 18th December. We have been to see the lights a few times. When we got there the boys always look for a glow toy which I get them, but we could not find any so I had two little boys very upset. I think they had sold out which is nobody's fault. That is not the reason I am emailing. It was to say what a great night we had, but next time I think I will get the boys a glow toy before we go.

maggie thomas, 19/Dec/2016

Happy to hear you enjoyed your visit to Enchanted Christmas. We're sorry that your grandchildren didn't get a glow toy this year; we had a very large number of visitors to Enchanted Christmas, and so some merchandise sold out quickly. You're feedback has been passed onto the planning team for next year, and hopefully we will be able to provide more of the popular toys for sale in 2017.

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Last updated: 20th January 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 4:00pm

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