The nation's forests and facilities are open, but please follow government coronavirus guidelines when planning your visit - read our coronavirus guidance.
Our car park is open daily 8am – 8pm with limited capacity; it may close temporarily at short notice to maintain safety. Click on Facilities & access for details.
Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
Contact details

Opening hours

Open every day from 8am until 8pm except Christmas Day.  

Last entry is 30 minutes before closing time.

Visitor information regarding coronavirus

Our car park currently has a limited capacity and might close at short notice. 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

Until 30 September 8pm

1 October - TBC 7pm 

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.  

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 anytime during your visit 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.

Help support Bedgebury by joining the Friends of Bedgebury Pinetum

Join as a Friends of Bedgebury Pinetum member for vehicle admission during normal opening hours, discounted admission to other gardens and arboreta and a host of other benefitsAnnual Friends of Bedgebury Pinetum Membership £72.

Other Memberships

Alternatively join the Bedgebury Forest Cycle Club for vehicle admission to ride and to contribute to cycle trail developments.
If you’d like to ride your horse off bridleways at Bedgebury join TROT
Please note that Bedgebury does not accept the Discovery Pass or Forestry England memberships.

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 17 May 2021

Our car park is open with limited capacity between 8am and 8pm daily. We're busier at weekends and we know people are keen to get out and about. To  avoid crowds,  please be  aware that you need to  be  prepared to make the  decision  to  turn around  if the car park looks busy, or we have closed it for safety,  and come another time.  

Our Visitor Centre information point is now open for limited periods each day. The quickest way to join or renew your Friends of Bedgebury Pinetum membership is online. However the Friends' membership desk will open along with the office or you can use the click and collect service. Please support us as we are doing  our  best  for  you:  be kind to  our  staff  and your fellow visitors if there are queues at the Visitor Centre whilst the restrictions are still in place.

This list of facilities will be updated regularly:

Car park, toilets and accessible toiletOpen  - accessible toilet radar key operated

Visitor Centre information point
& Friends of Bedgebury Pinetum shop
Facemasks inside are mandatory

Open  Outside of opening hours maps available at Quench Cycles
Open + Click & collect
Max. 2 visitors at once inside
Bedgebury Cafe takeaway only
Shipwreck cabin and Pine cone point
Open weekdays 8.30am - 5pm times may vary
Open late morning - approx. 4pm weather dependent 
Play areasOpen except Ant's Nest
Bike Shop and Hire, Quench Cycles
& Go Ape
Open
Tramper and wheelchairFree to book in advance

When you  visit the nation’s forests, remember it is your responsibility to maintain distance and follow the new guidance on  staying safe outside your home

We are cleaning our pay station machines throughout the day but for your own safety please bring hand sanitiser with you or use our hand washing facilities at the visitor centre afterwards. Our pay station machines are cashless and only accept contactless or chip and pin card payments. You can also pay for vehicle admission using the Glide app on your mobile phone once you arrive. Alternatively, become a Friends of Bedgebury Pinetum member, which includes annual vehicle admission.

Please follow the forest code. In an emergency call 999 before you let us know (on 01580 879820). We've adapted our first aid response due to coronavirus government guidance.

Dogs at Bedgebury

Dogs are welcome at Bedgebury, but please keep them on a lead when you are in the National Pinetum, car park and around the play areas. Only assistance dogs are allowed in the visitor centre, information office and café. Dogs can be taken off the lead in the wider forest but please be mindful of other visitors and take extra care near our bike trails. Dogs aren't allowed on the mountain bike trails. Follow the Forest Dog Code

Cycling at Bedgebury

Bedgebury National Pinetum is a special tree collection and we ask that you do not cycle in this area including the play areas, or around the Visitor Centre and car park. Bedgebury Forest has miles of cycling trails, including singletrack for mountain bikes. Please note children may ride bikes and scooters in the pinetum, as long as the bike/scooter measures 70cm or less from the ground to the top of the handle bars. Parents and guardians should ensure that children ride carefully throughout the pinetum and keep distance from other visitors. Please take care with electric bikes and scooters and do not cycle them in the pinetum, around the visitor centre, and in the play areas.

Drones and photography at Bedgebury

Please note that drones are not permitted to fly at Bedgebury Pinetum and all commercial photographers must seek permission. Professional photographers, members of the press and anyone wishing to fly drones at Bedgebury should contact us before arrival on bedgebury@forestryengland.uk

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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
Cafe
Dogs allowed
Picnic area
Play Area
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 provides a beautiful setting for peaceful walks and picnics. The Bedgebury cafe also has wonderful views of the pinetum. 

Bedgebury Forest has miles of family cycling and mountain-biking, walking, and running trails, as well as Go Ape tree top adventure, and an adventure play trail.

You may also find a Gruffalo hiding in the woods!

At a glance 

  • National Pinetum, over 12,000 trees
  • 3 walking trails & 3 cycling trails 
  • 4 orienteering trails & waymarked running trails 
  • Go Ape
  • Horse riding 
  • Play areas
  • Bike hire and shop
  • Bedgebury cafe takeaway only
  • Tramper hire
  • Dogs and assistance dogs welcome 
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