Westonbirt, The National Arboretum

Forestry England, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 8QS

Tel: +44 (0)300 067 4890

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Westonbirt, The National Arboretum


Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, managed by Forestry England, is one of the finest collections of temperate trees and shrubs in the world.

The 600 acre arboretum is home to 3,000 different species of trees and around 15,000 individual specimens. A place of environmental and historical importance, its Victorian creator Robert Holford was fascinated by rare and beautiful plants and helped finance expeditions to collect specimens from around the world.

Westonbirt is known internationally for its spectacular autumn colour display, but offers an unforgettable day out all year round, from magnificent flowering trees in spring, to sculptural and bright-stemmed specimens in winter.

Activities throughout the year
- Events, workshops and family activities run throughout the year. Signature events include the spectacular Enchanted Christmas illuminated trail in November and December.
- There are 17 miles of paths throughout the arboretum and dozens of leafy glades with levels of accessibility to suit a range of visitors.
- There are mobility scooters and manual wheelchairs available to borrow (it is advisable to book these in advance), special group rates on request and retail and refreshment opportunities onsite.
- Westonbirt has a huge area, Silk Wood, for you and your dog to explore. The Old Arboretum and the Christopher Mitchell Information Centre are dog-free zones.

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Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)

* Westonbirt is open 364 days of the year for you to enjoy.
March - November: 9am - 4.30pm
December - February: 9am - 4pm
Last admission 4.30pm

To visit Westonbirt Arboretum it is essential to pre-book for the following key dates:
• Bank Holiday Weekends: Thu 2 – Sun 5 June and Sat 27 – Mon 29 Aug in 2022.
• Autumn - 01 Oct - 13 Nov
• Christmas - 24 Dec – 02 Jan inclusive.
Outside of these dates tickets can be purchased on site or pre-booked online.

Further Information


  • Gift Shop


  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users
  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors - Some woodland paths are not suitable for wheelchair users.
  • Facilities for Disabled Visitors
  • Guide Dogs Permitted
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp/Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Attraction Facilities

  • Childrens Play Area
  • Plant Sales
  • Shop


  • On-Site café/restaurant
  • Picnic Site

Children & Infants

  • Facilities for children

Establishment Features

  • Available for wedding receptions
  • Conference facilities
  • Dogs Accepted
  • Event venue
  • Tea / Coffee Shop
  • Toilets
  • Wedding Venue

Key Features

  • Approx length of visit - 2.5 hours
  • Forest Location
  • In countryside
  • Outdoor Attraction

Parking & Transport

  • Car parking
  • Coach Parking
  • On Bus Route

Payment Methods

  • Special group rates

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun
  • Marketed towards families
  • Marketed towards senior citizens

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted - Please enquire for further details



TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:

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    Recent Reviews:

    • RoamingJay_UK
      Woodley, United Kingdom
      Come for the Trees stay because you have found peace!
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 3rd May 2022
      We came just in time for Bluebell season… so the floor was carpeted in little groves of Bluebells… the serenity of this place is amazing… one hour here and you’re stress free after a hectic day. Dog... Read full review
    • amdgriggs
      Sheffield, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Wonderful peaceful treescapes, & stunning displays of maples, magnolias & more
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 8th May 2022
      The infrastructure has been developed hugely since we last visited ten years or so ago - the cafes, shop, the big new welcome building, car parking, the impressive Stihl aerial walkway and the... Read full review
    • MelvinNewportGwent
      Newport Gwent
      Lovely warm restful visit.
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 16th May 2022
      No problem pre booking as someone mentioned earlier. we enjoyed our visit as much as we did on our first visit there. Good clean toilets, the walk around is really well signposted and the trees were... Read full review

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