1. South West
  2. Gloucestershire
  3. Tetbury

Attraction Information

Westonbirt, The National Arboretum is a unique place, as it holds a stunning collection of 15,000 tree specimens, including 142 champion trees. You’ll have the chance to see the best of what plant hunters found, as they travelled the globe in search of the unusual.
 
 Things to do
Shrouded with beautiful plants, ancient trees, and heaps of fun activities, Westonbirt Arboretum is a magical day out for the whole family. Whether you are after adventure or a tranquil spot to do some thinking, there are lots to uncover! 

Explore several trails throughout the arboretum, which will fire your kids’ imaginations. Go on a plant-hunting orienteering adventure or take on the Nature Play trail and see your young adventurers build a den of their own. Open all year, Westonbirt Arboretum is never short of things to do for the whole family. Each season brings a brand-new trail as well as a range of events and activities.

Make sure you check out the NEW Zog Trail! Find golden stars, follow colourful panels and play fun games! This immersive trial includes a free app and a £4 activity pack. You'll have the ultimate interactive adventure while out in the open. 

Need more inspiration for your day out? Check out The National Arboretum’s downloadable play booklets; they're packed with fun activities you can do with the kids in the great outdoors. In ‘Playing through the Seasons at Westonbirt Arboretum’, you’ll find one booklet for each season, so you’ll have plenty to do all year round!

There are even Guided Walks available daily from 11am. You'll get to learn all about the seasonal features of the Old Arboretum. If you are looking for a new spot to relax, this tour will alert you to all the secret leafy glades and perfect settings you may not have stumbled upon before... 

Keep your eyes peeled for other exciting events throughout the year like the Luna Cinema outdoor cinema events. Watch cult-classics and feel-good flicks while relaxing in the arms of nature. These events typically run throughout the Summer. 

Got a furry friend? Dogs are welcome in Silk Wood, so go wild!

Escape, relax, have an adventure - you can do it all at Westonbirt.
 
Food & Drink
So, you've wandered around miles of paths and explored every inch of the beautiful tree gardens and now it's time for cake! Enjoy homemade cakes, hot drinks, sandwiches and plenty of hot food options in the Westonbirt Restaurant facilities - oh yes, there's more than one restaurant!

Head over to The Kitchen for a relaxed dining experience. Enjoy seasonal dishes, homemade cakes, and the new Spring menu! 

In a rush? Head over to The Pantry! This grab-and-go kiosk serves homemade sandwiches, freshly baked cakes, ground coffee and Marshfield fresh-scoop ice cream.

If you are looking for a sit-down meal with extensive hot food options then you should set up camp in The Smokehouse. This Theatre-style smokehouse is home to a traditional pizza oven, fired by authentic Westonbirt wood. Enjoy a whole array of mouth-watering toppings or pick up a burger & fries! 

Bring your own cup to each restaurant/eaterie and you will save 30p on any hot drink you purchase!
 
 
Accessibility 
  • Carers of access visitors go free
  • Accessible tickets are available
  • For disabled visitors with low mobility, you'll be happy to know that you can hire a wheelchair, mobility scooter, and a Trike wheelchair. There is also a Westonbirt Shuttle Bus run by volunteers. 
  • There are x2 disabled toilets onsite and a changing places toilet. These toilets are open from 9am - 4:30pm
  • Some staff have disability awareness training. 
For more information please head over to the accessibility guide
 
Transport & Parking for Visitors 
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.
 
Parking
There are no parking charges at the Westonbirt Arboretum. 
 
By Public Transport
Go car-free and get a discount on admission costs! 
 
By Bus
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.
You can also save money with the Cotswolds Discoverer Pass, which gives you unlimited off-peak travel around the Cotswolds by train and bus for the day.
 
By Train
There are direct trains to Stroud from London, Reading, Swindon, Gloucester and Cheltenham. You can also visit Westonbirt by train and bus from Bath.
Kemble and Yate Stations are the closest stations to Westonbirt. It’s a 20-minute taxi ride from either. A group of 3 or more can save 34% on GWR trains with a GroupSave ticket.
Book your bike onto the train to Kemble, and cycle 15-miles to Westonbirt. No cycling is allowed inside the arboretum.
 
By Bike
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). Make sure you lock up your bikes on the racks provided! If you've forgotten your lock don't worry there are spare locks in the welcome building that you can borrow! Just ask a member of staff for more details. 
 
- A unique collection of trees
- Family fun trails & Seasonal activity booklets
- Gruffalo sculptures & the NEW Zog Trail!

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Opening Times

Open everyday from 09:00 - 17:00, except Christmas Day
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Pricing & Tickets

Mar - Sep & 13 - 30 Nov
Adult £12
Concession* £8
Child* £4

01 Oct - 12 Nov
Adult £16
Concession* £11
Child* £4

Dec - Feb
Adult £9
Concession* £6
Child* £3

*Concessions: Students, job seekers & those arriving by public transport or bicycle 

*Child 5 - 18 years. Under 5s go free and don't require a ticket.

Tickets can be purchased on site or pre-booked online, 7 days in advance.

Please check website https://www.forestryengland.uk/westonbirt-the-national-arboretum  for seasonal prices and prebooking requirements. 

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Westonbirt, The National Arboretum, Tetbury Sat Nav Postcode: GL8 8QS 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. By Public Transport Bus routes and times Why not go car-free and enjoy a discount on your admission cost. You can reach us by bus on Mondays to Saturdays. Stagecoach - Single journeys capped at £2 - Starts 1st January 2023 until 31st March 2023 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. You can also save money with the Cotswolds Discoverer Pass, which gives you unlimited off-peak travel around the Cotswolds by train and bus for the day. Train travel There are direct trains to Stroud from London, Reading, Swindon, Gloucester and Cheltenham. You can also visit Westonbirt by train and bus from Bath. Kemble and Yate Stations are the closest stations to Westonbirt. It’s a 20-minute taxi ride from either. A group of 3 or more can save 34% on GWR trains with a GroupSave ticket. Book your bike onto the train to Kemble, and cycle 15-miles to Westonbirt. No cycling is allowed inside the arboretum. 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.
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Westonbirt the National Arboretum
Tetbury,
Gloucestershire
GL8 8QS
England

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