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 Arboretum 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 is a dog-free zone.


Adult from £9

Child from £3

Concessions from £6

For seasonal admission prices see the website.

Groups are accepted - please contact the venue directly to enquire. 

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Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)

* Westonbirt is open every day, Monday - Sunday, 9am-5pm, except Christmas Day. Last admission is at 4.30pm, 30 minutes before the Arboretum closes.

To visit Westonbirt Arboretum it is essential to pre-book for certain dates - see the website for details.

Further Information


  • Gift Shop


  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users
  • All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
  • 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

  • Conference facilities
  • Event venue
  • Tea / Coffee Shop
  • Toilets

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
  • Marketed towards student/youth - Westonbirt welcomes group visits from education providers.

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided Tours Available for Groups

Venue Facilities

  • Groups Accepted - Please enquire for further details



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    Recent Reviews:

    • NorthStarHC
      Skipton, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Solo travel
      Wonderfully Tranquil
      5 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 17th January 2024
      I had a very relaxing visit! As someone who absolutely hates / is terrified of dogs, I was delighted to find the Old Arboretum was a dog free zone as it meant I could properly relax and enjoy my... Read full review
    • Paul W
      Berkeley, United Kingdom
      A highly recommended site to visit
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 3rd February 2024
      Always a pleasure to visit this attraction. The wife and I with our working cocker spaniel try and visit each week. A good walk followed by Coffee and a visit to the shop, the dog in particular likes... Read full review
    • ihaveshoos
      Falfield, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Winter Walk to Stretch our Legs
      5 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 14th February 2024
      Westonbirt is obviously excellent in autumn when the leaves are changing, but it isn't to be discounted in the winter either. The Gruffalo 25th anniversary trail has recently launched, and we had a... Read full review

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