Westonbirt Arboretum

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Westonbirt Arboretum

Westonbirt Arboretum in Gloucestershire is renowned worldwide both for its tree and shrub collection and beautifully landscaped grounds. Today the collection contains around 18,000 trees and shrubs covering some 600 acres of Grade 1 Listed Landscape. In 2001 it was joined with its sister pinetum, Bedgebury in Kent, to form the National Arboreta.

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Originally created in a picturesque style by Robert Holford, Westonbirt Arboretum is now managed by the Forestry Commission and is open for all to enjoy – a beautiful, relaxing and unique day out amongst some of the tallest, oldest and rarest trees and shrubs in the country.

Enhance your visit by joining one of the expert volunteer Guides for a fascinating tour of the Arboretum - normal admission applies, but the Guided Walks are free. Contact Westonbirt Arboretum for details.


The Plant Centre at Westonbirt Arboretum has many rare and unusual trees and shrubs for sale, including a selection of Japanese maples.

Westonbirt Arboretum

Apart from nature's own fabulous display, there are ample walks and glades to explore for all the family.
Source : Forestry Commission web site

Dogs are welcome at Westombirt Arboretum, but they are restricted to the Silk Wood area. The Old Arboretum area is a dog free zone.

In 2006 Westonbirt Arboretum are celebrating 50 years of Forestry Commission ownership and 21 years of the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum

Westonbirt Arboretum is open 365 days a year,

2006 admission rates vary between £5 and £7.50 for adults (depending on season) and child admission is just £1 all year round. Group rates are available.

During the period around mid-November to December 25th, admission is free of charge

Westonbirt Arboretum - Opening Times

Westonbirt Arboretum is open from 10am to dusk (or 8pm, whichever is the earlier) 365 days a year.

The Forest Shop, Plant Centre and Maples Restaurant close at 5pm (closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day).

The Courtyard Cafe is open from Easter until Christmas.

The Great Oak Hall closes at 4pm.

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