The Original Garden Visitor's Guide

Westonbirt, The National Arboretum

Westonbirt, The National Arboretum was originally planted by the wealthy Holford family during the heyday of Victorian plant hunting. Today the historic, Victorian picturesque landscape and internationally important tree and shrub collection is managed by the Forestry Commission. The 15,000 labelled trees (around 2,500 different types of tree) come from Britain, China, North America, Japan, Chile and other temperate climates. Regular seed collections take place, and propagation is managed on site producing an ever changing and expanding diversity of trees.

With 17 miles of accessible paths the Arboretum consists of three main areas.The Old Arboretum (a dog free zone) is a carefully designed landscape dating from the 1850s offering beautiful vistas, stately avenues and trees from around the world. Silk Wood (dog-friendly) is an ancient, semi-natural woodland which has exotic plantings throughout its landscape, whilst the Grade I registered Downs hosts species-rich grassland and is a great picnicking location. Westonbirt attracts over 400,000 visitors per year and is known worldwide for its spectacular autumn colour and the spring rhododendron, azalea and magnolia displays.

The STIHL Treetop Walkway offers visitors spectacular views across the arboretum landscape. The main walkway is 300 metres long and is step-free, making it accessible to visitors on foot, using mobility scooters, wheelchairs and pushchairs and to those with dogs on leads.

Fact File

Opening Times: 9.00am - 5.00pm every day except Christmas day; Last entry 4:30pm March to November inclusive, 4.00pm December to February inclusive.
Admission Rates: March to November - Adults £10, Students £7, Children (5 to 18 years) £5, Under 5’s free. December to February - Adults £7, Students £5, Children (5-18 years) £3, Under 5’s free.
Group Rates: (10+ people) March to November – Adults £8, Children £2. December to February – Adults £6, Children £1.
Friends Membership: £38 single per year, for other membership queries see www.fowa.org.uk
Facilities: Café & Restaurant, Shop
Disabled Access: Yes. Wheelchairs and mobility scooters are available on site but must be pre-booked by calling Visitor Services on 0300 067 4861.
Coach Parking: Yes
Length of Visit: 2 hours
Booking Contact for Groups: Helen Daniels on 0300 067 4843 or by email: helen.d.daniels@forestry.gsi.gov.uk
Email: westonbirt@forestry.gsi.gov.uk
Website: www.forestry.gov.uk/westonbirt
Location: In Gloucestershire, three miles from the Cotswold market town of Tetbury.

Updated: 07/12/2017

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