Wildlife & Gardens Experience
Westonbirt Arboretum came into being almost 200 years ago. Today, it is home to one of the most beautiful and important plant collections on the planet. There are 15,000 specimens and 2,500 species of trees from all over the world and Westonbirt is a beautiful place to visit in all seasons. It also plays a vital role in research and conservation.
In spring, the magnolias bloom and provide a dramatic pink display around the Circular Drive. During summer, the trees are lush with green and bright colours, including the handkerchief tree. In autumn, the forest is ablaze with maple trees turning red and gold – the arboretum holds the national collection for maples. Finally, in winter, discover the landscape in a new light. At this time of year evening walks are accompanied by illuminating lights in the trees, creating a magical atmosphere. Within the impressive collection, you will find trees that need protection for the future. Some of the tallest trees in the British Isles. Signature trees that give the arboretum its unique character, and endangered and native trees.
There is always something happening at Westonbirt Arboretum. With seasonal activity trails and sculptures, guided walks and during the summer months, music with Forest Live.
With the choice of refreshments at Westonbirt visitors won’t go hungry. The Kitchen Restaurant is a sit-down option that is open daily. The Pantry is a grab-and-go kiosk offering sandwiches, cakes, fresh coffee, and local ice cream. Lastly, the Smokehouse is open on Saturday and Sunday for wood-fired pizza and burgers. The Westonbirt shop offers the opportunity to pick up local and regional souvenirs including books on the arboretum. If you want to bring, your four-legged friends there are specific areas where they can be on and off the lead although there are also a few areas where dogs are not permitted.
To note: Dogs are welcome in The Downs on leads, permitted off lead in Silk Wood, but are not allowed in The Old Arboretum. Most areas are wheelchair and mobility scooter accessible, with both available to hire.