Westonbirt, The National Arboretum


Westonbirt, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 8QS

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Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, known internationally for its spectacular autumn colour display, is one of the finest collections of temperate trees and shrubs in the world.

The 600-acre arboretum, managed by Forestry England, offers an unforgettable day out all year round, from magnificent flowering trees in spring, to sculptural and bright-stemmed specimens in winter.

Home to 2,500 different species of trees and around 15,000 individual specimens, Westonbirt is a place of environmental and historical importance, with roots in Victorian plant collecting. The creator Robert Holford was fascinated by rare and beautiful plants and helped finance expeditions to collect specimens from around the world.

The arboretum also has a natural ancient woodland called Silk Wood for you and your dog to explore. Please note, the Old Arboretum is a dog-free zone.

Westonbirt run events, workshops and family activities throughout the year, including their signature event, the magical Enchanted Christmas illuminated trail in November and December. Why not join a walk led by their experienced and knowledgeable Guides? A variety of walks are offered throughout the year, included in the admission price.

Enjoy a delicious range of food and drink at one of our three catering offers. The Kitchen: a relaxed seated service, with seasonal dishes, fresh coffee, and homemade cakes. For those on the go, stop by The Pantry, our grab-and-go kiosk, serving homemade sandwiches, freshly baked cakes, ground coffee and Marshfield fresh-scoop ice cream. Our Theatre-style Smokehouse is home to our very own traditional pizza oven, fired by Westonbirt wood. Enjoy a whole array of mouth-watering toppings or pick up a burger & fries! 

There are mobility scooters and manual wheelchairs available, a shuttle bus to take you to certain points of the arboretum, group visits are available and we have a Changing Places Facility available for those who need it.

Visit the Westonbirt Shop to pick up some amazing gifts, art and books, inspired by nature, as well as toys for the little ones.

With 17 miles of paths to explore, dozens of leafy glades with levels of accessibility to suit a range of visitors and 5 national tree collections, Westonbirt is the perfect place for you to escape, relax or have an adventure!

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adultfrom £9.00 to £16.00 adult
Childfrom £3.00 to £4.00 child
Concessionfrom £6.00 to £11.00 concession

Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.



  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users
  • Changing Places Toilet
  • Disabled Accessibility
  • Facilities for the Disabled
  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Ramp / Level Access
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors
  • Wheelchairs available


  • On-Site cafe/restaurant/catering
  • Picnic area

Children & Infants

  • Baby changing facilities

Establishment Features

  • Dogs Accepted - in certain areas only.
  • Shop
  • Toilets
  • Wireless internet (WiFi) connection available

Key Features

  • Smoking Areas Available - Some areas only.

Parking & Transport

  • Coach Parking
  • On site parking
  • Parking (free)

Payment Methods

  • Cash Accepted
  • Credit cards accepted (no fee)
  • Groups Accepted

Target Markets

  • Marketed as green/environmentally friendly

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted

Map & Directions

Road Directions

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. 

Public Transport Directions

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.

OS Grid Ref - ST851898

Opening Times

Season (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)
Monday - Sunday09:00 - 17:00

* Westonbirt is open every day, Monday - Sunday, except Christmas day.

Summer, Spring and Autumn: Feb – Nov
Opening hours - 9am - 5pm
Restaurant & Shop - 9.30am - 5pm
Last admission is at 4.30pm, 30 minutes before the arboretum closes.

Winter: Mid Nov – Jan
Opening hours - 9am – 4.30pm
Restaurant & Shop - 9.30am – 4.30pm
Last admission is at 4.00pm, 30 minutes before the arboretum closes.