Westonbirt, nr Tetbury, Gloucestershire
Westonbirt Enchanted Christmas: Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings only, from Nov - Dec.
Westonbirt Arboretum's Enchanted Christmas features a spectacular one mile illuminated trail, highlighting the striking structures of Westonbirt's trees as they are illuminated against the winter night sky. Each year a new lighting design is created so visitors can experience different specimens, paths and vistas in the tree collection. The route is on hard paths so it's fully accessible for mobility scooters.
Weather conditions right up until early autumn can affect the timing and rate at which autumn colour emerges, making it difficult for us to predict when the absolute best time to visit will be.
Luckily, as Westonbirt is home to 15,000 trees, a succession of plants from different areas of the temperate globe burst into a succession of bright, golden or burnished tones meaning there is something to delight the senses throughout the autumn period - from September to November - with peak leaf-peeping time being the month of October.
STIHL Treetop Walkway
Your breathtaking bird's-eye view of Westonbirt's wonderful trees! Offering you spectacular views across the arboretum landscape. Access to the walkway is included in the cost of admission. The main walkway is step-free, making it accessible to visitors on foot, using mobility scooters, wheelchairs and pushchairs. It is 300 metres long and gradually rises on gentle inclines to a height of 13 metres.
The 14,902 labelled trees (around 2,500 different types of tree) come from Britain, China, North America, Japan, Chile and other temperate climates. Planting started in the 1850s by Robert Holford; the rich Victorian landowner to whom the Westonbirt estate belonged. Within the 17 miles of accessible paths and five national collections, children can become young adventurers, and adults connect with trees through guided walks and self-led trails.
Westonbirt Arboretum consists of three main areas:
The Old Arboretum is a carefully designed landscape dating from the 1850s offering beautiful vistas, stately avenues and trees from around the world.
Silk Wood is an ancient, semi-natural woodland which has exotic plantings throughout its landscape.
Whilst the Grade I registered Downs hosts species-rich grassland and is a great picnicking location.
Throughout the seasons there are continuous, stunning variations of colour and vista. Broad avenues, sweeping views and hidden pathways all combine to make the National Arboretum a wonderful experience for all the family.
Depart Approx. 17.30
PLEASE NOTE: Price is per person and based on two people sharing a twin/double room. Single room supplements and upgrades are not included.