Westonbirt, The National Arboretum is now open for visitors. In order to keep visitors, volunteers, staff & our local communities safe we have limited the number of people we can welcome to site at one time and introduced a new booking system - Find out more
Visitor information
Opening hours
How to find us
Parking & prices
Facilities & access
Contact details

Opening hours

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 – 4:20pm, last entry 4:40pm. 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 9.15am - 4pm
Tuesday
Opening hours 9am - 5pm
Restaurant 9.15am - 4pm
Wednesday
Opening hours 9am - 5pm
Restaurant 9.15am - 4pm
Thursday
Opening hours 9am - 5pm
Restaurant 9.15am - 4pm
Friday
Opening hours 9am - 5pm
Restaurant 9.15am - 4pm

Weekends

Saturday
Opening hours 9am - 5pm
Restaurant 9.15am - 4pm
Sunday
Opening hours 9am - 5pm
Restaurant 9.15am - 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.

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Parking and prices

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 - November)

  • Adult: £11
  • Child (5-18 years): £4
    Under 5s go free

Peak Autumn Weekends (17, 18, 24, 25 & 31 Oct, 1, 7 & 8 Nov 2020)

  • Adult: £15
  • Child (5-18 years): £7.50
    Under 5s go free

Winter (December - February)

  • Adult: £7
  • 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, 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.
RestaurantOffering a takeaway service only.
DogsWelcome on Downs and Silk Wood on leads. The Old Arboretum is a dog free zone.
ToiletsOpen, but we are limiting the number of people in there at one time.
Bikes and Scooters (including children’s bikes and scooters) Not allowed
ShopOpen
Welcome BuildingClosed - You can join or renew your membership online at fowa.org.uk, 30 days prior to visiting.
Play areas (including Exploratree, Play trail and Gruffalo Sculptures)Closed
Mobility Scooter HireAvailable to book online with your tickets.
Shuttle Service Unavailable

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

Book your tickets and plan your visit 

Dog policy

Dogs are welcome on a lead in the central downs area and in Silk Wood, which makes up around two-thirds of the arboretum. 

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. 

Hire a wheelchair or mobility scooter 

Mobility scooters are available to hire, free of charge, when you book your tickets. If you have already booked your ticket you can still book a scooter here. 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

We are delighted to welcome you back to the National Arboretum! In order to keep visitors, volunteers, staff and our local community safe during this time, we have limited the number of people we can welcome at one time and introduced a new booking system.

In order to visit the National Arboretum, visitors and members of the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum must pre-book a ticket.

Book your tickets

We’ve also made some important changes to the facilities onsite, such as the STIHL Treetop Walkway and play areas.

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

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.
  • STIHL Treetop Walkway: Open, but with a one way system. Please keep 2 metres apart. Please be aware that alternative routes out of Silk Wood are a little steep.
  • Restaurant: Offering a takeaway food and drink only.  
  • Dogs: Welcome on Downs and Silk Wood on leads.
  • Shop: Open.
  • Play areas (including Exploratree, Play trail and Gruffalo Sculptures): Closed
  • Toilets: Open, but we are limiting the number of people in there at one time.
  • Welcome Building: Closed
  • Mobility Scooter Hire: Available to hire online when booking tickets
  • Shuttle service: Unavailable
  • Children’s scooters and bikes: For the moment we will be unable to welcome children’s bikes and scooters onto site.
  • Members will be unable to join or renew onsite, but can still do so online at fowa.org.uk
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