Westonbirt, The National Arboretum

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Westonbirt, The National Arboretum is one of the most spectacular tree gardens in the world. Home to 2,500 different species from the far corners of the globe and 5 national tree collections and 15,000 species. Known worldwide for its spectacular autumn colour and the spring rhododendron, azalea and magnolia displays, Westonbirt is the perfect place for you to escape, relax or have an adventure! 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. 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 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.

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

Join the experienced and knowledgeable volunteers, on the daily free Guided Walks, as they guide you through the Old Arboretum. Together you'll explore the best seasonal features of the Old Arboretum - and as the Arboretum never stands still, no two walks are the same - perhaps you'll discover a hidden gem or your new favourite spot! Covering 600 acres, with natural play areas and restaurants including a smoke house, Westonbirt provides an amazing outdoors setting for a family day out. So, take a journey up into the canopy on the Tree Top Walkway, see if you can spot the Gruffalo or take in some beautiful scenery on a relaxing stroll!

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: Prices change for winter and Autumn, please see website for more information.
March - September & November Adult: £11. Students & job seekers and those arriving by public transport or bike: £7 Child (5-18 years): £4. Under 5s go free and don't require a ticket. Carers of access visitors will receive free admission.
Facilities: Café & Restaurant, Shop
Disabled Access: Yes. Wheelchairs and mobility scooters are available on site but must be pre-booked online or by calling Visitor Services on 0300 068 0400
Coach Parking: Yes
Length of Visit: 2 hours
Booking Contact for Groups: by email: westonbirt@forestryengland.uk
Email: westonbirt@forestryengland.uk
Website: https://www.forestryengland.uk/westonbirt
Location: In Gloucestershire, three miles from the Cotswold market town of Tetbury

Updated: April 2022