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Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum - Westonbirt, the National Arboretum

Vast parkland and woodland estate in the Cotswolds.

  • 4.7

  • from 6785 Google reviews

A large tree in a forest
A large tree in a forest

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About the garden

Discover 600 acres of spectacular Cotswolds countryside at one of the UK’s top outdoor attractions. Westonbirt is famous for its autumn colour, with the stunning Acers - which line 17 miles of snaking paths - turning burnished bronze in October, but there are plenty of other reasons to visit. The treetop walkway which takes visitors right up into the canopy along a beautifully-designed aerial path is a notable attraction - a big hit with kids of any age. Then there’s the Gruffalo Trail - perfect for toddlers - and the grassy fields, which are great for picnics.

Explore the wider woodlands and you’ll see that the Arboretum is also ideal for dog-lovers, with your furry friend allowed off the leash in the entire Silk Wood area. Those who prefer their walks dog-free can head to the Old Arboretum - a vast section of parkland, rich in nature where dogs aren’t permitted. This area is also notable for the wide variety of non-native trees on display, which are helpfully labelled, so you can find inspiration for the home garden.

This huge estate is a great place to meet up for a family get-together, being suited to all ages and located just 20 mins from the M4 and 25 mins from the M5. Parking is free and you can order tasty food from the Kitchen, pick up sandwiches from the Pantry, or get freshly-cooked pizza from the Smokehouse.

Opening times

Open every day except Christmas day 9AM - 5PM Last Entry 4.20PM Pre-booking required (time slot entry)

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Garden area

600 Acres

Dog walking

Yes - Dogs are free to roam. Dogs are welcome on lead on The Downs and permitted off lead in Silk Wood, however the Old Arboretum is a dog free area.

Cafe or restaurant

Food and drink facilities include a food stall and a cafe/restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating.

Family

Yes - Children of all ages.

Bicycle storage

Yes - There are bicycle racks at the Welcome Building and the venue is happy to look after helmets/gear. No cycling is permitted in the arboretum. You can book your bike onto the train to Kemble, from there, it’s a 15-mile cycle.

Wheelchair access

Very accessible (all paths flat and paved).

Shops

Yes - There is a gift shop.

Wheelchair hire

Wheelchairs are available for hire. Mobility scooters can be booked online in advance, free of charge.

Cotswolds, GL8 8QS

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Find the garden

Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum - Westonbirt, the National Arboretum
Cotswolds
GL8 8QS
Sat Nav Postcode
GL8 8QS
Public Transport
Bus: 69 runs from Stroud to Westonbirt several times each day, from Monday to Saturday.
Bus 620 provides connects from Bath to Westonbirt, from Monday to Saturday.
Train: Direct trains to Stroud from London, Reading, Swindon, Gloucester and Cheltenham.
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Google reviews

  • 4.7

  • from 6785 Google reviews

Andrew Meaking

7 months ago

5

A fantastic place to go for a walk and get some fresh air in beautiful surroundings. Lots of choice over the type of path to explore or type of trees you'd like to see. There's also a tree-top walkway that provides a different perspective. Great for the whole family with different things to see according to the time of year. There are plenty of places to eat a picnic, there's also a mobile food and drink van near the entrance alternatively you can sit in the cafe. Thoroughly recommended.

Alison Jago

9 months ago

4

This is a beautiful place and there's loads of grounds to walk in. I feel we went at the wrong time of year, mid April, and many of the trees had not yet come into leaf. Still lovely but we didn't get the full effect. I've no doubt this would be 5 stars from me between June-October.

Susan Thomas

4 months ago

4

We had a wonderful day out and as you need to book a slot in advance, there were no queue to get in. It was not busy as end of summer. A shame the sun didn't quite break through but on the positive side the ground was dry and the temperature was good for walking. A great family day.

Samual Marsh

a month ago

5

Went to the winter wonderland Christmas light show. Amazing trees with interesting lighting. Definitely an experience aimed at young children. Lots of actors that delivered convincing performances... I'll definitely book to come back during the day to see the trees in fall.

Warren Trakman

a year ago

5

I would give Westonbirt 6 stars if I could. It was a truly memorable day and the kids loved it. The grounds are massive and there is so much to see and do. It's very peaceful and quiet even when it's busy, you can find a remote spot. We could easily come back again many times and still not see everything there is to see. Highest possible recommendation!

Contact the garden

0300 067 4890

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