Westonbirt Arboretum and places to stay near Tetbury
Westonbirt Arboretum, the National Arboretum is managed by the Forestry Commission and is one of the finest arboretums in the world.
Westonbirt Arboretum has over 18,000 trees from all over the world, planted since 1829 and plantings continue today. The arboretum is in 2 areas with 17 miles of way-marked trails.
There is the formal arboretum which contains many fine specimens including most of the rhododendrons and magnolias. The acers look great in Spring with their mellow tints whilst the older and more mature trees are coloured with emerald green.
The other area known as the Silk Wood is more informal but again with many great trees. Spring in the Silk Wood is a great time with masses of bluebells appearing late April and May. This is followed by the trees in full leaf in June with masses of wild flowers on the slopes approaching the wood. On hot summer days there is a welcome freshness in the woods, rather like being by the sea.
Westonbirt is well known for its magnificent Autumn tints from around mid October to mid November and is a must visit.
Take time to visit both areas and you will probably need a whole day, so do not rush.
Split the day up with a picnic or enjoy a meal in the excellent restaurant.
Open 2018 - Westonbirt Arboretum is open 364 days a year 10 am - 8pm or dusk. Disabled access, and dogs allowed in Silk Wood. Full programme of activities. Super gift shop and restaurant.
- What is the best time to visit for Autumn Colours - We would suggest mid October to mid November.
- We see that there are 2 parts to the arboretum - which part is best?. Both are great and in the Silk Wood you can take dogs. The main part of the arboretum is more extensive for Autumn colours but is also more crowded.
- Is the arboretum family friendly? Yes - there is a magnificent suspended treetop walk and other areas for kids. The arboretum is much more about the Natural World.
- Street: Westonbirt
- Postcode: GL8 8QS
- City: Tetbury
- County: Gloucestershire
- Country: United Kingdom
- Telephone: 01666 880220