Stay home, protect the NHS, save lives - the nation’s forests and essential facilities are open for people to exercise once-per-day, if they live locally - read our coronavirus guidance.
All visits must be pre-booked online including members of the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum - Find out more
Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
Contact details

Opening hours

The government has said the single most important action we can all take to fight coronavirus is to stay at home, to protect the NHS and save lives. Westonbirt Arboretum remains open with a pre-booking system for local outdoor exercise once per day.  However the government has instructed that you should minimise time spent outside your home,  minimise the number of journeys you make and only travel a short distance within your local area to exercise. Please remember this when considering a visit. You must stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms or are self-isolating and please follow the government’s rules on exercising and meeting other people during your visit.

Westonbirt is open every day except Christmas day from 9am. 

Entrance to Westonbirt Arboretum is by advance booking only. When booking your ticket you will be asked to choose an entry time slot. Entry time-slots are every 20 minutes, 9am – 3.40pm, last entry 4pm. Once in the arboretum you can stay for as long as you like, but please be aware that we close at 5pm.

Find out more, how to safely book, plan and enjoy your visit.

Weekdays

Monday
Opening hours 9am - 5pm
Restaurant 9.30am - 4.30pm
Shop Closed
Tuesday
Opening hours 9am - 5pm
Restaurant 9.30am - 4.30pm
Shop Closed
Wednesday
Opening hours 9am - 5pm
Restaurant 9.30am - 4.30pm
Shop Closed
Thursday
Opening hours 9am - 5pm
Restaurant 9.30am - 4.30pm
Shop Closed
Friday
Opening hours 9am - 5pm
Restaurant 9.30am - 4.30pm
Shop Closed

Weekends

Saturday
Opening hours 9am - 5pm
Restaurant 9.30am - 4.30pm
Shop Closed
Sunday
Opening hours 9am - 5pm
Restaurant 9.30am - 4.30pm
Shop Closed

How to find us

How to find us
Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, Tetbury
Sat Nav Postcode: GL8 8QS
By Car

From M4 (approx 20 mins)                       

  • Exit Motorway at Junction 18
  • Take the A46 north towards Stroud
  • After a few miles turn right onto the A433 (signed Cirencester). Continue on this road for approx three miles and the arboretum is on your left.

From M5 (approx 20 mins)

  • Exit at Junction 13 onto the A419 (towards Stroud) Take the A46 (towards Bath)
  • After going though Nailsworth, you come to traffic lights at the cross-roads
  • Turn left onto A4135 to Tetbury
  • In Tetbury, turn right on the A433
  • Continue on this road, passing through Doughton, for approx three miles. The arboretum is on your right.

Or go car-free

By Public Transport

Bus routes and times

The Cotswolds Conservation Board have a guide to exploring the Cotswolds by public transport, which includes routes to Westonbirt. You can download the guide or order a printed copy from the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) website

The route 69 bus operated by Stagecoach runs from Stroud to Tetbury, stopping off at Westonbirt Arboretum on some of its services. Please see the timetable here

For bus times and routes you can also contact travel line on 08712 002233 or visit the Traveline website

 

Train travel

The nearest train station is Kemble, located between the towns of Tetbury and Cirencester and is a 15 minute drive away from Westonbirt Arboretum. Yate train station is also of equal distance.

For information on train times please contact National Rail on 08457 484950 or visit the National Rail website:

 

Arriving by bicycle?

Westonbirt welcomes visitors who arrive by bicycle. Adult and older children cycling is not permitted in the arboretum itself (we do allow bikes under 70cm in) and we ask that visitors lock their bikes up at the racks provided. Forgotten your lock? Don’t worry we have a few spare ones at the Welcome Building. Just ask a member of staff for more details.

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Parking and prices

Westonbirt is open every day except Christmas day from 9am. Entrance to Westonbirt Arboretum is by advance booking only. Find out more on how you can book tickets and safely plan and enjoy your visit. 

There are no parking charges at Westonbirt Arboretum, however the following entry fees apply:

Spring / Summer / Autumn (March - September & November)

  • Adult: £11
  • Students & job seekers: £7
  • Child (5-18 years): £4
    Under 5s go free

Peak Autumn (October 2021)

  • Adult: £15
  • Students & job seekers: £10
  • Child (5-18 years): £4
    Under 5s go free

Winter (December - February)

  • Adult: £8
  • Students & job seekers: £5
  • Child (5-18 years): £3
    Under 5s go free

Carers of access visitors will receive free admission. Click here for our accessibility guide 

Westonbirt does not currently have any Electric Vehicle Charging points.

School / Learning Bookings

Find out more and book - visit our learning pages.

Annual Membership

Join the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum.

Please note that Westonbirt Arboretum does not accept the Discovery Pass.

Additional Information

 

 

Number of accessible parking spaces: 22

Facilities and access

In order to keep visitors, volunteers, staff and our local community safe, we have introduced a new booking system and reduced the number of people we can welcome at one time.

Find out more about how you can safely book tickets, plan and enjoy your visit.

We have also made some important changes to the site and facilities.

STIHL Treetop WalkwayOpen, but with a one way system. Please keep 2 metres apart.
RestaurantOpen, takeaway food and drink, card only. Operating with a reduced menu Mon - Thu, full take-away menu Fri - Sun.
Picnic benchesPicnic benches have been removed from the arboretum
DogsWelcome on The Downs on leads. Permitted off lead in Silk Wood. The Old Arboretum is a dog free zone.
ToiletsOpen, please wear a mask inside.
Children's Bikes and ScootersWelcome if under 70cm from floor to handle bars.
ShopClosed
Welcome BuildingClosed - You can join or renew your membership online
Natural play areasOpen (excluding Exploratree). 
Mobility Scooter HireAvailable to book online with your tickets. If a scooter is essential to your visit please check availability first, book your scooter and then purchase your entry tickets for a time slot no later than 2:20pm. Scooters must be returned by 3.30pm. Scooters can be hired for visitors aged 16 and over. Manual wheelchairs can be hired for visitors aged 15 and under. Book a scooter
Shuttle Service Unavailable

Got a question about membership? Visit the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum website

Book your tickets and plan your visit 

Visit England We're Good to Go green tick

Dog policy

Dogs are welcome on The Downs on a lead and permitted off lead in Silk Wood, which makes up around two thirds of the arboretum. In order to facilitate social distancing, please ensure that your dog is under effective control throughout your visit, and that it remains within sight and returns to you when called. In areas of Silk Wood where there are a number of people walking please consider putting your dog on the lead, in order facilitate social distancing. Dogs must be on the lead on the Downs, STIHL Treetop Walkway, in the car park and by the main facilities, such as the restaurant, Welcome Building etc.  

The Old Arboretum and restaurant is a no dog area (except assistance dogs), providing a safe space for visitors with young children and mobility scooters.

Assistance dogs are welcome throughout the whole arboretum.

Dog bins and poo bags are available throughout the site and dog water is available at the restaurant. 

Children's Bikes and Scooters

Children may ride bikes and scooters in the arboretum, as long as the bike/scooter measures 70cm or less from the ground to the top of the handle bars.

To avoid disappointment please check your bike or scooter before you visit to make sure it fits the bill, any bikes or scooters over 70cm will not be allowed in the arboretum. Parents and guardians should ensure that children ride carefully throughout the arboretum and keep a 2 metre distance to other visitors. 

Find out more

Hire a wheelchair or mobility scooter 

Mobility scooters are available to hire, free of charge, when you book your tickets. If a scooter is essential to your visit please check availability first, book your scooter and then purchase your entry tickets for a time slot no later than 2:20pm. Scooters can be hired for visitors aged 16 and over. Manual wheelchairs can be hired for visitors aged 15 and under. Book a scooter 

Please book your scooter no later than the day before your visit. Scooters are not available for timeslots after 2:20pm. You can pick your scooter up from the Information Point, just opposite the entrance. In order to give us time to clean the scooter so that it is safe for the next user, please return your scooter no later than 3:30pm. If you have any queries about mobility scooter or wheelchair hire, please call the Westonbirt Office (phones answered Monday-Friday 0900-1700) on 0300 067 4890.  

Accessibility Guide

We want to make sure you have a fun and memorable visit to Westonbirt Arboretum. 

For more information and to help you plan your visit, please read our full access statement.  

Not visited before? Take a tour with street view on google maps from the car park to the welcome building, over the STIHL Tree Top Walkway and you can even pop over to Acer Glade!

While the shuttle bus isn’t running at present we have introduced some new short walks in the interim with plenty on benches to sit and enjoy the view on route.

Drones

Please note that members of the public are not permitted to fly drones onsite at Westonbirt Arboretum. Professional photographers and members of the press wishing to fly drones at the Arboretum should contact us at westonbirt.marketing@forestryengland.uk

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

Accessible toilet
Assistant dogs welcome
Baby changing facilities
Bike lock-up facilities
Changing places facilities
Dogs allowed
Picnic area
Ranger's Office
Toilets

Contact details

A magical tree garden, where you can explore trees from all over the globe

The government has said the single most important action we can all take to fight coronavirus is to stay at home, to protect the NHS and save lives. Westonbirt Arboretum remains open with a pre-booking system for people to exercise once-per-day, if they live locally. However the government has instructed that you should minimise time spent outside your home, minimise the number of journeys you make. Please remember this when considering a visit.

You must stay at home if you have coronavirus symptoms or are self-isolating and please follow the government’s rules on exercising and meeting other people during your visit.

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.

Find out more on how you can book, plan and safely enjoy your visit to the National Arboretum. 

Book your tickets

Clear fell work of infected ash trees is taking place in Silk Wood and is anticipated to last until early March. Due to the nature of the work and to ensure visitor safety, it is necessary to close a significant amount of Silk Wood beyond Broad Drive. Find out more

For updates about seasonal events, days out and activities at Westonbirt, sign up to our newsletter:

At a glance

  • Advanced booking only for all visitors and members of the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum. Book your tickets
  • Open every day except Christmas day from 9am.
  • STIHL Treetop Walkway: One way system. Alternative routes out of Silk Wood are a little steep.
  • Restaurant: Open, takeaway food and drink, card only. Operating with a reduced menu Mon - Thu, full take-away menu Fri - Sun. 
  • Picnic benches have been removed.
  • Dogs: Welcome off lead in Silk Wood if well behaved, kept in sight and return when called.
  • Shop: Closed
  • Play areas: Open (excluding Exploratree).
  • Toilets: Open, please wear a mask inside.
  • Mobility Scooter Hire: Available to hire online when booking tickets.
  • Children’s scooters and bikes: Welcome if height is not over 70cm from floor to handle bars.
  • Join the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum from £39 per year
  • Lungs of the Earth art installation.

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