Westonbirt, The National Arboretum

Forestry Commission, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 8QS

Tel: +44 (0)300 067 4890

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Westonbirt, The National Arboretum

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Westonbirt, The National Aboretum's forests is open to visitors, subject to Government restrictions. Please check directly on their website and/or social media channels for the latest updates.

In order to visit the National Arboretum, visitors and members of the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum must pre-book a ticket. Tickets go on sale 7 days in advance.

Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, managed by the Forestry Commission, 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.

Gruffalo Sculptures - If you venture into the deep dark wood you may bump into the Gruffalo, the Gruffalo's Child and other characters from the book too!

​​​​​​Summer at Westonbirt
Westonbirt is the perfect place in which to escape from hot weather, green leafy rides and secluded glades providing cool refreshment from the sun.

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Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2021 - 31 Dec 2021)

* 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

The above times should be used as an indicator during the recovery phase from the global pandemic.

Please double-check details by visiting the website via the link above before you visit

Further Information

Other

  • Gift Shop

Accessibility

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

Attraction Facilities

  • Childrens Play Area
  • Plant Sales
  • Shop

Catering

  • 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

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      689
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      240
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    Recent Reviews:

    • LST1404
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Punishing and punitive
      1 of 5 stars
      Monday, 26th July 2021
      This local resource has always been a joy to visit until the pandemic. Outside with plenty of space it has been made so difficult to visit, even now when restrictions have been lifted, to get in is... Read full review
    • mary w
      chester
      Trip Type:
      Family
      Great visit
      5 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 29th July 2021
      We spent a very enjoyable few hours here. We loved the high walkway which gives you a different viewpoint on the trees. We found a grassy area with a variety of unusual butterflies. The area is so... Read full review
    • Dave N
      St. Albans, United Kingdom
      A lovely place to visit
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 1st August 2021
      This is a lovely place to visit. Although the carpark was busy (you need to book ahead for a timeslot) once within the arboretum it seems like you have the place to yourself. Everyone does the... Read full review

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