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 – 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.
Plan your visit.
From M4 (approx 20 mins)
From M5 (approx 20 mins)
Or go car-free
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
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.
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:
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
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Join the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum.
Please note that Westonbirt Arboretum does not accept the Discovery Pass.
Find out more about how you can book tickets, plan and enjoy your visit.
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 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.
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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
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on planning your visit, take a look at our accessibility information: