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

Opening hours

Westonbirt is open every day, Monday - Sunday, except Christmas day, from 9am. Last admission is at 4.30pm, 30 minutes before the arboretum closes. 

Plan your visit.

Weekdays

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

Weekends

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

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 and enjoy a discount on your admission cost.

By Public Transport

Bus routes and times

You can reach us by bus on Mondays to Saturdays. For full details of bus routes and times visit our Good Journey page.

From Stroud Bus 69 runs to Westonbirt several times a day, allowing for a 3 or 6 hour visit.

From Bath take Bus 620, which continues as bus 69 from Old Sodbury to Westonbirt (stay on the same bus).

From Bristol take Bus Y1 or Bus Y5 to Yate Shopping Centre to connect with bus 620/69.

 

 

Train travel

You can take the train to Stroud or Bath, from where there are bus connections to Westonbirt. See our Good Journey page.

Kemble and Yate Stations are slightly closer to Westonbirt. It’s a 20-minute taxi ride from either. For train times and taxi numbers see our Good Journey page

 

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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ST851898

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Parking and prices

Westonbirt is open every day, Monday - Sunday, except Christmas day from 9am.

Plan your visit

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

 

Mar - Sep & 14 Nov - 30 Nov

01 Oct - 13 Nov

Dec - Feb

Adult

£11

£15

£8

Cons*

£7

£10

£5

Child*

£4 £4£3

*Concessions: Students, job seekers & those arriving by public transport or bike

*Child 5 - 18 years. Under 5s go free and don't require a ticket.

Carers

Carers of access visitors are free. Accessibility guide

Group Bookings 10+ 

Find out more and book

Electric Vehicles 

Westonbirt does not currently have any Electric Vehicle Charging points.

Car-free Visitors

We offer the concession rate for admission to those arriving by public transport or bike – plan your journey at Good Journey

Motorhomes / Caravans 

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. They are not permitted to remain in the car park overnight.

School / Learning Bookings

Find out more and book

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

Access information 

A Personal Assistant is free while visiting with the person they are assisting. Proof of concession is not required. 

Hire a wheelchair, mobility scooter or Trike wheelchair >>

Westonbirt Shuttle bus >>

Visual Story >>

If you require a word document to edit before your arrival please email us.

Not visited before? Take a short tour with street view on google maps.

Accessible toilet
Assistant dogs welcome
Baby changing facilities
Bike lock-up facilities
Bird hide
Cafe
Changing places facilities
Dogs allowed
Picnic area
Play Area
Ranger's Office
Shop
Toilets
Tramper/Mobility Scooter hire
Visitor Centre

Contact details

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

Plan your visit

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!

A delight to visit at any time of the year, Westonbirt is perhaps best known for its spectacular display of autumn colour. The diversity and vibrancy of leaf colours to be found at Westonbirt are unsurpassed in Britain creating a botanical experience like no other. Find out more

A cartoon image of Father Christmas dressed in green with his arms in the air. Two elves are are either side of him with presents that shoot out bright sparks of light to start illuminating the dark trees behind them.

Enchanted Christmas

There’s magic around every corner on Westonbirt’s brand new illuminated trail! Father Christmas’ Elves have made their way to the arboretum to decorate the trees in twinkly lights for Christmas. But they’re running slightly behind schedule… will the trail be ready on time to welcome the main man himself?

Food and drink

A father and son sit at a table with food in front of them. The father looks at his son who smiles back.

Food and Drink

Enjoy delicious, freshly prepared hot and cold refreshments while visiting the arboretum.

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.

Choose one of our walks at Westonbirt Arboretum and find inspiration in one of the most diverse and beautiful botanical collections in the world.

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.

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

Guided walk daily at 11am & 2pm Find which trees are looking spectacular on our WOW boards near the Welcome Building Join in our autumn family workshops during half term

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

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Westonbirt Friends