Westonbirt Arboretum is still open during lockdown

Westonbirt Arboretum is still open during lockdown

Posted on: 17 Nov 2020

Give yourself a much-needed break from life inside the house.


Popular beauty spot Westonbirt Arboretum is open to visitors throughout lockdown, with members of the public invited to go along, enjoy the space and get some vital fresh air and exercise during a difficult few weeks.


Initially closed earlier this year for part of the first UK lockdown, the park reopened in June with new safety measures in place to minimise risk to visitors, volunteers and members of staff.


With the UK set to remain under lockdown until Wednesday 2 December at the earliest, Westonbirt Arboretum will be open for outdoor recreation and exercise, presenting a great opportunity to get out of the house and into a stunning natural setting.



While the Arboretum is currently open to the public, visitors are required to comply with a set of temporary guidelines to ensure the experience is as safe as possible.


Pre-booking is essential, and visitors who have not booked in advance will be denied admission. Mobility scooters are still available to hire, and can be pre-booked with tickets.


The park's impressive STIHL Treetop Walkway will remain open with a new one-way system in place, and all natural play areas aside from the Exploratree will also be accessible during lockdown.


Dogs can be allowed off their leads in the Silk Wood, but the Arboretum team ask that owners only do so if their dog is well-behaved, will return when called and will stay within sight.


Toilets throughout the park will remain open, and the on-site restaurant will be operating a takeaway food and drinks service. The Westonbirt Shop will remain closed until lockdown restrictions are lifted.

Visitors at Westonbirt Arboretum.

Managed by Forestry England, the Westonbirt Arboretum is perhaps the most important and widely known arboretum in the United Kingdom.


Filled with 2,500 species of tree from all over the world, the arboretum plays a vital part in research and conservation, as well as being a beautiful place to visit.

Located in Gloucestershire, the Westonbirt Arboretum is under one hour's drive from Bristol city centre. For more information on Westonbirt Arboretum, to book a visit or to get in touch with the team, head to their website.

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