Dogs at Westonbirt Arboretum

Dog Sticking Tog Out
Photo credit: Jamie Street

We love dogs! 

But not everyone does... So we try our best to be accessible to all! The result means 2 thirds of the arboretum is dog friendly and 1 third is a dog free zone. 

Confused about visiting? Hopefully the information below will help put you and your dogs mind at ease. 

Our visitor map outlines each area. Pick up a copy on arrival.

Download map

Dog information

Group of dog walkers in field

The Downs

Dogs allowed on leads
The Downs forms the central area of the whole arboretum. Dogs are welcome on a lead.
Dog walker

Silk Wood

Dogs allowed off lead
On your left hand side as you enter is Silk Wood. Dogs are allowed off lead if under effective control and return when called. Several woodland animals that dogs may find distracting live here.
Holford Ride Westonbirt

Old Arboretum

Dog free area
To be accessible to all visitors the Old Arboretum, which sits on the right hand side as you enter, is a dog free area (except assistance dogs).
The forest live stage at Westonbirt Arboretum

Dogs at events?

No dogs please
Our big events like Forest Live and Enchanted Christmas are not dog friendly. Only assistance dogs will be permitted.
2 young girls with a dog on a lead walk over a wooden walkway with steel railings

Dogs on leads

Stay on leads
Please keep your dog on a lead when on The Downs, at the Welcome Building, Restaurant, shop and over the Treetop Walkway.
Woman walking dogs through woodland

Poo bags and bins

Available in Silk Wood
There are 8 poo bins with poo bags available in Silk Wood. These are on the visitor map and located at main cross sections - please hold onto your bags until you reach a bin.
A dog with a white snout and light brown head and ears drinks water from a steel bowl.


Bowls available
Bowls for water are available from the Welcome Building, restaurant and central toilets by the Great Oak Hall.
A dark brown dog pants towards the camera. A high vis lead sits across the dogs shoulders.

Assistance dogs

Access all areas
Assistance dogs are welcome throughout the whole arboretum and at events.
A light brown dog licks a dog friendly ice cream tub

Doggy treats

Dog ice cream
Yes! Dog ice cream is available from our pantry by the Exploratree play area.