Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
Contact details

Opening hours

Bedgebury is open from 8am every day except Christmas Day. 
Closing times change with the seasons, currently 8pm.

Last entry is 30 minutes before closing time.

Our car park might close at short notice during peak hours. Please be  aware that you need to  be  prepared to make the  decision  to  turn around  if the car park looks busy, or is full,  and come another time.  

Seasonal changes to closing time

May - August 8pm

September 7pm

1 - 21 October 6pm

22 - 30 October 5pm

31 October - 17 November 4pm

18 November 2022 - 2 January 2023 3pm

3 - 31 January 2023 4pm

How to find us

How to find us
Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst
Sat Nav Postcode: TN17 2SJ
By Car

Directions from London Leave the M25 at junction 5 and join the A21 towards Hastings.  Bedgebury is signposted off the A21 on the B2079, approximately 12 miles southeast of Tunbridge Wells and 16 miles northwest of Hastings.  You will find the entrance to Bedgebury on your right hand side approximately half a mile after leaving the A21. 

Directions from the North and East Take the A262 to Goudhurst and then turn by the village duck pond to take the B2079 signposted to Flimwell.  Follow this road for approximately three miles and you will find the entrance to Bedgebury on your left hand side after the office entrance and Old Walled Garden entrance.  

Directions from Brighton and the West Travel through Lewes and Uckfield to Heathfield.  Take the A265 from Heathfield to Hurst Green.  Turn left onto the A21, drive straight through Flimwell Crossroad.  Bedgebury is signposted from here.

Directions from the South Take the A21 to the Flimwell Crossroad, drive straight across and then follow the sign to turn right onto the B2079.  Bedgebury can be found approximately half a mile along this road on the right hand side.  

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By Public Transport

Take the number 254 bus from Tunbridge Wells.  The nearest bus stop is Flimwell Corner Farm (near the Flimwell Crossroad).

Closest train station is Etchingham (on the Hastings line from Charing Cross or London Bridge). Tunbridge Wells, Frant and Wadhurst (on the Hastings line) and Staplehurst and Marden (on the Ashford line) are also nearby.

OS Grid Ref
TSQ 713 330

51.0722493, 0.4470063

Parking and prices

Entry fees are per vehicle

Pay on departure at the pay station in the car park. Our pay station machines are now cashless and only accept contactless or chip and pin card payments. You can also pay for vehicle admission using the Glide app on your Apple or Android mobile phone.

Forestry England Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest Membership

Support Bedgebury by becoming a member, includes vehicle admission during daytime opening hours and a range of other benefits.

Other Memberships

Alternatively join the Bedgebury Forest Cycle Club and contribute to cycle trail developments. To ride your horse off bridleways at Bedgebury join TROT.

Car admission

Peak times all day - £14.00
(weekends, school holidays and bank holidays)

Off peak times all day - £10.00
(weekdays Monday - Friday term time only)

Any day early bird 8am - 11am - £3.50

late afternoon (Apr-Sept) 5pm - close - £3.50
(exit by 11am or arrive at 5pm) 

Coaches/Minibuses charges

Charge per vehicle:

Minibuses - £30.00

Coaches - £50.00

Car with trailer - peak: £28.00, off peak: £20.00

Any vehicle up to 20 minutes - for drop off and collection only - Free

Additional information

Number of accessible parking spaces: 16
Card payments accepted
Coaches/Minibuses welcomed

Facilities and access

Visiting Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest updated 27 June 2022

Our car park is open with between 8am and 8pm daily. Please support us as we are doing  our  best  for  you:  be kind to  our  staff  and your fellow visitors.

Plan your visit

Car park, toilets and accessible toilet

Open  - accessible toilet radar key operated
Bedgebury showers will be closed for maintenance 20 June for 2-3 days.

Visitor Centre information point & gift shop

Open 10am daily Please wear a facemask inside
Book our Tramper in advance

Bedgebury Cafe

Open 8.30am - 5pm times may vary

Shipwreck Cafe and Pine Cone KioskOpen weekends, school and bank holidays 10:30am - approx. 3pm weather dependent 
Bike Shop and Hire Quench Cycles, Go Ape and Play areas

Open - Shipwreck and Play Village will be closed on Wednesday 6 July for 1 day.

Please follow the forest code. In an emergency call 999 before you let us know (on 01580 879820). 

When you  visit the nation’s forests, remember it is your responsibility to follow the current Government guidance on keeping yourself and others safe. Read more about coronavirus visitor information.

Visit England We're Good to Go green tick

For more information on planning your visit, take a look at our accessibility information:

Accessible play trail
Accessible toilet
Assistant dogs welcome
Baby changing facilities
Bike wash
Cafe
Cycle hire
Dogs allowed
Information point
Picnic area
Play Area
Shop
Shower
Toilets
Visitor Centre

Contact details

Come and explore our wonderful world of trees

Bedgebury is an award winning visitor attraction with something for everyone. Open all year, Bedgebury is the perfect place for healthy outdoor activity.

The National Pinetum is home to a world-leading collection of conifers and contains over 12,000 specimen trees. The trees and landscape create a beautiful setting for peaceful walks and picnics in the rolling hills and valleys of the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Bedgebury National Pinetum is awe-inspiring for tree lovers looking to learn about tree species of international conservation importance and see them up close!

Learn more

Bedgebury Forest  has miles of trails for family cycling and mountain-biking, walking, and running. Enjoy climbing, jumping, sliding and swinging on the Play Trail with a range of play areas for different ages or explore the canopy on a Go Ape tree top adventure or tree top challengeThe Bedgebury cafe at the visitor centre has wonderful views of the pinetum and is set beside one of many lakes. You may also find Gruffalo and friends hiding at Bedgebury Pinetum!

Bedgebury National Pinetum - Marshal's lake autumn colour

Conifers at Bedgebury National Pinetum

Our special tree collection includes conifers from around the world and is breathtaking in its size and grandeur. Bedgebury is important on a global scale for species conservation, scientific advancement and the understanding of conifers. You can search our living library of trees using the interactive Pinetum Explorer map.

Food and drink

Holding coffee

Bedgebury cafe

Open daily from 8:30am, the cafe at the Visitor Centre serves a wide range of tasty, locally sourced food as well as Fairtrade tea and coffee. Look out for the Shipwreck cafe at the start of the Play Trail next to the Go Ape Cabin where you can pick up snacks and ice creams during weekends and holidays.

Going for a sensory walk helps you get outside, be active and connect with nature.

Choose from two Sensory Walks at Bedgebury:

The short loop is 0.8 miles. The surface is over various flat hard surfaces made of compacted gravel and suitable for wheelchairs. The long loop is 1.6 miles. The surface is over various flat hard surfaces made of compacted gravel and suitable for wheelchairs.

 

Before you visit, you may wish to download the Making Walks Sensory toolkit produced by Sense which contains advice on planning walks and some suggested sensory activities. It’s the perfect companion for a sensory walk!

You can access all the Sensory Walks by downloading the free OS Maps app. To find out more about the OS Maps app, discover more Sensory Walks across England, and to download the Making Walks Sensory toolkit visit the Sense website.

View the short loop.

View the long loop.

Your findings will help us protect and provide habitats, now and in the future. Whether you're a seasoned naturalist or enthusiast amateur, it's easy to take part.

Start recording ... Download the free iNaturalist app before you visit  In the app join the project Bedgebury Pinetum and Forest Find Discover and record wildlife through the app on your next visit

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iNaturalist is an independent third party application. Please check their full privacy policy and terms of service before signing up You can create records without having 4G or Wi-Fi in the forest. Download our full user guide and top tips

Click here for facilities and access information. 

Our cycle trails offer something for everyone, from beginners and families looking for a fun day out, to adrenalin junkies looking for a challenge. With 10km of family cycle track and over 13km of single-track, there's lots to explore around this 2000 acre forest.

Each week Bedgebury hosts a range of different fitness and wellbeing activities.

Relaxing and rejuvenating sessions give beginners a helping hand and offer guidance and coaching for those with more experience; simply take your pick.

Please note: Forestry England is working with all activity leaders to design group activities in a safe and COVID-19 secure way.

Nearby forests

Two ladies enjoying a dog walk at Jeskyns Community Woodland

Jeskyns is home to 360 acres of newly planted woodlands, meadows and orchards. With a good network of surfaced walking trails, children's play areas, café and even a dog activity trail, there is something for everyone to explore at any time of the year.

You can visit a Fairy and Elf Village, introduce the family to the Gruffalo and his friends, say hello to our cows, take the dog for a paddle or just sit and watch the world go by under wide skies full of singing skylarks.

Butchershole at Friston Forest woodland

Friston Forest is within the South Downs National Park between Lulington Heath National Nature Reserve and Seven Sisters Country Park. It is the largest area of recently established forest in South East England.

This expansive beech woodland makes a perfect family day out for those who love exploring the countryside. With walking and cycling trails, great views of the Cuckmere and the sweeping South Downs, Friston Forest has something for everyone.

Forest floor covered in bluebells at Abbot's Wood

Located near Polegate, Abbot's Wood is a great place for a stroll at any time of year, with walking trails, a medieval lake, play area, barbecues and picnic tables.

Thin trail running through conifer woodland

With around five miles of hard surface road and great networks of unsurfaced tracks, Hemsted Forest makes for a great day out, whatever the season!

The forest houses a mixture of conifer and broadleaf woodland and is rich in different bird species.

 

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