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

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 – 4pm. Once in the arboretum you can stay for as long as you like, but please be aware that we close at 5pm.

The Westonbirt Shop is temporarily closed at the moment while we undertake some maintenance and brighten up the interior. We're hoping to be welcoming you back into the shop on Wednesday 09 February. 

Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Plan your visit.


Opening hours 9am - 5pm
Restaurant 9.30am - 5pm
Shop 9.30am - 4pm
Opening hours 9am - 5pm
Restaurant 9.30am - 5pm
Shop 9.30am - 4pm
Opening hours 9am - 5pm
Restaurant 9.30am - 5pm
Shop 9.30am - 4pm
Opening hours 9am - 5pm
Restaurant 9.30am - 5pm
Shop 9.30am - 4pm
Opening hours 9am - 5pm
Restaurant 9.30am - 5pm
Shop 9.30am - 4pm


Opening hours 9am - 5pm
Restaurant 9.30am - 5pm
Shop 9.30am - 4pm
Opening hours 9am - 5pm
Restaurant 9.30am - 5pm
Shop 9.30am - 4pm

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.

OS Grid Ref

51.605504436381, -2.2136914730072

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 plan your visit. 

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

Winter (December - February)

  • Adult: £8
  • Students & job seekers and those arriving by public transport or bike: £5
  • Child (5-18 years): £3
    Under 5s go free and don't require a ticket

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

  • Adult: £11
  • Students & job seekers and those arriving by public transport or bike: £7
  • Child (5-18 years): £4
    Under 5s go free and don't require a ticket

Peak Autumn (October 2022)

  • Adult: £15
  • Students & job seekers and those arriving by public transport or bike: £10
  • Child (5-18 years): £4
    Under 5s go free and don't require a ticket

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

Westonbirt does not currently have any Electric Vehicle Charging points.

We welcome car-free visitors and offer a discount on admission to those arriving by public transport or bike – plan your journey at Good Journey

Motorhomes / Caravans 

Larger vehicles such as motohomes and caravans are welcome to park at Westonbirt. There is no vehicle height or width restriction. If the vehicle is larger than the main car park spaces, visitors should use the coach car parking which can be reached by taking the left turn as you drive along the entrance road of the main car park. Motorhomes are not permitted to remain in the car park overnight.

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

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

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.

Dogs are not permitted at events (except assistance dogs).

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 4pm. 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. Read our Mobility Scooter FAQs

Westonbirt Shuttle bus

The Westonbirt Shuttle bus is designed to help those who need a little extra help getting around from the Welcome Building up to the restaurant, shop, and edge of the Old Arboretum. 

The Shuttle runs Tuesday - Saturday from April until the end of autumn between 10am – 4pm, around every 30 minutes from the Welcome Building. As this service is run by a team of dedicated volunteers, there may be days it does not run. The shuttle service does not operate during winter.

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. Or take a look at our Visual Story. If you require a word document to edit before your arrival please email us.

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.


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

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
Bird hide
Changing places facilities
Dogs allowed
Picnic area
Play Area
Ranger's Office
Tramper/Mobility Scooter hire
Visitor Centre

Contact details

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

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.

The next phase of managing Chalara ash dieback at Westonbirt is due to commence on or around Mon 24 Jan, and is predicted to last approx 4 weeks. To ensure visitor safety, it is necessary to close a significant amount of Silk Wood beyond Broad Drive. Find out more

Book your tickets

Home to 2,500 different species from the far corners of the globe and 5 national tree collections, Westonbirt is the perfect place for you to escape, relax or have an adventure! Take a journey up into the canopy on the STIHL Tree Top Walkway, stop by the café for a tasty treat or see if you can spot the Gruffalo!

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

At a glance

This autumn Westonbirt has created a special trail focusing on some of the endangered species we have in our collection and the work we and others in the botanic garden community are doing to support conservation efforts.

Trees are of vital importance ecologically, culturally and economically. Globally forests provide habitat for half the world’s known terrestrial plant and animal species as well as performing many other vital services such as carbon storage, flood alleviation and making our urban environments better places to live. Unfortunately research over the past 5 years through the Global Tree Assessment has found that a third of all tree species are threatened with extinction, and at least 142 tree species are recorded as extinct in the wild.

Autumn highlights

Book a guided walk at 11am daily or 2pm Sat & Sun Go on a sensing nature walk at 10.30am every Fri & Sun from 08 - 31 Oct Find which trees are looking spectacular on our WOW boards near the Welcome Building Join in our autumn family workshops during half term Dive into the world of recycling with our Trashconverter van

Pick up a trail map for free from the Welcome Building when you arrive.

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!

Each sculpture has been carved in a different position - can you find them all?

The easiest route to the Gruffalo sculptures in the Old Arboretum is to head up Mitchell Drive and take the first left towards Acer Glade. Keep straight through Acer Glade and at the T junction turn right towards Loop Walk. At the next T junction turn left and the Gruffalo sculpture should be in sight. The other sculptures are close by in a loop. Please ask for more help and a map at the Welcome Building on arrival. 

Please note that the majority of sculptures are located in our 'dog free' area in the Old Arboretum, so dogs are not permitted on this trail. If you would like to see the Gruffalo sculptures but are visiting with a dog, please head to Silk Wood, where you can find the Gruffalo's Child. The Gruffalo's child is located on Barn Walk.

Experience our world-renowned collection of 15,000 trees on a whole new level, as you take a walk through the canopy on our award winning treetop walkway. 

Our 300 metre long walkway takes you 13m up into the canopy, on a serpentine journey through the tree tops! The main walkway is fully accessible for mobility scooters and wheelchairs, and the crow's nest, rope bridge and fun interactive hotspots make it a must see for visiting families.

Included in the cost of admission. 


Does your child LOVE Westonbirt? Give them a birthday to remember with one of our outdoor children's parties.

Learning With Nature host birthday parties at Westonbirt. There are a range of different party themes to suit everyone from mini adventures to big adventures for older children. Everyone has a chance to toast something over an open fire and food and drink is provided with all parties.

Nearby forests

Somerford Common

Somerford Common is the perfect location for a peaceful countryside walk.

The woodland is important to an array of wildlife, particularly butterflies. 

Children enjoying a birdwatching event

Just west of Swindon, Webb's Wood is home to a variety of habitats, making it ideal for bird watching and nature lovers. 

Explore the wide open areas with your four legged friend, or take some time for yourself within the peaceful broadleaved woodland. 

Family walking through autumnal forest

The perfect place to stop for a picnic within the Forest of Dean!

Wenchford includes Blackpool Brook which trickles through the site under the dappled shade of the large oak trees. The paddling area is the perfect place to cool down in the hot summer months.

The facilities including the cafe and toilets are generally open from April until the end of October. Parking charges only apply during this time.  

Soudley Ponds

Surrounded by impressive Douglas fir trees, immerse yourself in the stunning landscape of Soudley Ponds. 

There are a range of surfaced pond-side paths or for those wanting more of a challenge, a steep walk up the ridge will be rewarded with beautiful views over the River Severn. 

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