History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
There are over 17,000 numbered trees and 17 miles of paths in this excellent arboretum run by the Forestry Commission. Best in: spring for rhododendron and magnolias, and autumn for Japanese maples and fothergilla.
Westonbirt is an absolute "must-see" for anyone with any interest in gardening, or even in an enjoyable stroll through lovely countryside! The arboretum is divided into two sections, the oldest plantation, closest to the parking lot and visitor centre, and a newer plantation, containing several national collections of trees (oak and Japanese maple among them).
One of the most enjoyable aspects of Westonbirt, apart from the wide variety of trees and plants on view, is the way that public access is arranged. You can choose to travel by way of the gravelled footpaths, which meander slowly throughout the arboretum, or strike off on wide, grassed avenues that cut directly across the plantations. The oldest plantation is more level, while the newer plantation does call for a little more strenuous use of leg muscles to follow the ups and downs of the landscape!
Perhaps the most famous corner of Westonbirt is Acer Glade, where the autumn colours can be truly spectacular. Best seen in mid-October for bright colours, Acer Glade is enjoyable year round.
The arboretum is well provided with benches, so you can relax and soak in the lovely surroundings. There are also cafes and an interpretive centre where various visitor programs are run throughout the year. Recent events include willow basket making, a Christmas Craft Fair, conker championships, and free guided walks led by volunteer guides from the Friends of Westonbirt Arboretum.
Address: Westonbirt, Gloucestershire, England, GL8 8QS
Attraction Type: Garden
Location: 3 m SW Tetbury, on A433
Phone: 0300 067 4890
OS: ST856 896
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low to exceptional) on historic interest
Westonbirt House - 0.5 miles (Historic House)
Oldbury-on-the-Hill, St Arild's Church - 2.6 miles (Historic Church)
Tetbury, St Mary the Virgin - 3 miles (Historic Church)
Tetbury, St Saviour's Church - 3 miles (Historic Church)
Chavenage House - 3.6 miles (Historic House)
Ozleworth, St Nicholas Church - 4.6 miles (Historic Church)
Newark Park - 4.9 miles (Historic House)
Abbey House Gardens - 5 miles (Garden)
Nearest Accommodation to Westonbirt:
Nearest Self Catering Cottages
Nearest Bed and Breakfasts
Nearest Tourist Information Centre ('as the crow flies')
Tourist Information Centre
33 Church Street
Tel: 01666 503 552
Restricted opening hours in winter.