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Westonbirt, The National Arboretum

Westonbirt, the UK’s National Arboretum is managed by the Forestry Commission and is one of the finest collections of temperate trees and shrubs in the world, celebrated not only for its diversity of species but also its maturity and unique planting style. Set out over 240 hectares (600 acres), the tree collection holds around 3000 different kinds of species and over 16,000 individual specimens, many of which are very rare, or the largest of their kind in the country. See the website for further details including events, activities and prices.

Who to contact

Contact Name
Forestry Commission
Telephone
0300 067 4890
E-mail
westonbirt@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Where to go

Name
Westonbirt, The National Arboretum
Address
Forestry Commission
Westonbirt
Tetbury
Gloucestershire
Postcode
GL8 8QS
Notes

From London, Wales and the south west exit M4 at J18 onto A46 north, then take A433.

From Cheltenham, Oxfordshire and the north, go to Tetbury via Cirencester and follow the brown signs south on A433.

Time / Date Details

When is it on
Open every day except Christmas day.
Time of day
Morning
Afternoon
Session Information
9.00am Close at 5.00pm – last entry 4.00pm December to February inclusive and 4:30pm March to November inclusive
The information desk in the Welcome Building is open from 10.00am to 3.30pm, along with the Christopher Mitchell Interpretation Centre.

Other Details

Costs

Additional Charges
£6 - £9 for adults, varying seasonally. £2 - £4 for children, varying seasonally.

Availability

Referral Details

We offer reduced entry for students, jobseekers and those arriving by bicycle or public transport.

Disabled adults are charged the adult admission rate, and disabled children under 18 years are charged the child admission rate. In both cases the cost of admission includes free entry for one essential carer per disabled visitor.

Under 5s go free.

Events are priced separately.

Other notes

For families
We have a play trail with outdoor play features and an under 5s play area.

Parking
There are 21 disabled parking spaces are located close to the Welcome Building.

Scooter and wheelchair loan
Wheelchairs and mobility scooters are available for free loan from the Welcome Building – they must be booked in advance by calling Westonbirt’s Visitor Services team on 0300 067 4861.

Accessible paths
There are DDA approved paths from the Welcome Building to main facilities, along with 17 miles of hard paths accessible for wheelchairs, scooters and buggies. Trails off the paths are accessible depending on weather conditions but can be unsuitable in wet conditions due to mud. Please note that due to the terrain we do not advise the use of three wheel electric scooters.

Disabled toilets
Disabled toilets can be found in the Welcome Building.

Changing Place
Our changing place can be found in the toilet block close to the Great Oak Hall. It includes toilet facilities as well as equipment such as a height adjustable changing bed and a ceiling hoist. The hoist can lift up to 190kg and allows users easy movement in all dimensions around the room. This facility is part of the Changing Places scheme.

Assistance Dogs
Registered assistance dogs are welcome in all parts of Westonbirt Arboretum. They are able to roam off the lead in our dog friendly area, Silk Wood, but on the lead in the Old Arboretum. Water is provided for dogs near to the Welcome Building, visitor services office and restaurant.

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