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Westonbirt Arboretum

Westonbirt Arboretum
Westonbirt, The National Arboretum
Westonbirt, Tetbury, Glos. GL8 8QS

 0300 067 4890

Photo Credit: Johnny Hathaway
Photo Credit: Johnny Hathaway

Westonbirt Arboretum


Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, managed by the Forestry Commission, is one of the finest collections of trees and shrubs in the world. The 600-acre arboretum is home to 2,500 different species of trees, 5 national tree collections, and over 15,000 individual specimens from all over the globe.
Westonbirt Arboretum was established in the 1850s by wealthy landowner Robert Holford and later developed by his son George Holford. Unlike many arboreta, Westonbirt is laid out according to aesthetic appeal rather than scientific or geographical criteria.
Throughout the arboretum, you can find up to 140 ’champion trees’. These trees are the tallest or largest of their kind in the British Isles. Look out for the blue labels!
Westonbirt offers an unforgettable day out in all seasons - from the magnolias and rhododendrons in spring, the green leafy glades in summer and the autumnal colour explosion of the world-famous Japanese maples.

Seasonal events, workshops and family activities run throughout the year. Signature events include Forest Live in June and the spectacular Enchanted Christmas illuminated trail in November and December.

Westonbirt Arboretum - Opening times 2024

Westonbirt is open every day, Monday - Sunday, except Christmas day, from 9am.
Last admission is at 4pm, 30 minutes before the arboretum closes.

Westonbirt Arboretum - Admission charges 2024

Ticket prices March - September & 13 - 30 November

  • Adults: from £12
  • Child: £4 (5 - 18yrs)
  • Discounted entry: from £10.50
  • Under 4's: Free
  • Personl assistant: Free
  • Members: Free

Discounted winter season rates apply.

Westonbirt Arboretum - Group visits

There are discounted rates available for groups of 20 or more.

    •    Free coach driver entry
    •    Free entry for the group leader
    •    Free coach parking
    •    10% discount on admission (from 01 March)
    •    10% discount in the restaurant
    •    10% discount in the Westonbirt Shop
    •    Pre-booking peace of mind for day admission tickets

Enrich your visit to Westonbirt by pre-booking a seasonal guided walk with one of our experienced and friendly guides for only £50 per 20 people.

Westonbirt Arboretum - Dogs policy

Dogs are welcome on the central downs area on a lead and in Silk Wood, which makes up around two-thirds of the arboretum. Dogs are permitted off the lead in Silk Wood as long as they are kept under control, remain in sight and return when called.

Westonbirt Arboretum - Disabled access

All the hard path trails around the arboretum are accessible for mobility scooters and wheelchairs.

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