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Access and facilities at Westonbirt Arboretum

We would like everyone to enjoy Westonbirt Arboretum and pride ourselves on being a site that has excellent facilities and access.

Access group on an autumn visit to Westonbirt Arboretum Gloucestershire.Admission

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.

Disabled parking spaces are located close to the Welcome Building.

Shuttle Service

Please note that the Westonbirt Shuttle Service is currently not available as the shuttle is offsite having a winter cover fitted. Normal service will resume on Tuesday 18 September 

Our shuttle service runs 10am - 4pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and weekends, to help less mobile visitors get from the Welcome Building to the restaurant and main facilities.

And we've now added a series of short walk routes from the shuttle stops to some of the most beautiful parts of the arboretum, for those only looking for a short walk. Pick up your short walk map on the shuttle.

Find out more

Scooter and wheelchair loan

Wheelchairs and mobility scooters are available from the Welcome Building. Please book wheelchairs and mobility scooters in advance by calling Visitor Services on 0300 067 4861.

Mobility scooters are available for free loan in two time slots: from 10am to 1pm and from 1.15pm to 4pm.

Please note that bookings for mobility scooters can be made a maximum of four weeks in advance, and bookings are limited to four scooters per group.

Accessible paths

All hard paths are accessible for wheelchairs and 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.

Family facilities

Baby changing areas are located in the Welcome Building toilets and in the main toilet block next to the Great Oak Hall. The hard paths of the arboretum are accessible for buggies and we have the special Exploratree playground next to the cafe for under 5s.

Assistance Dogs

Registered assistance dogs are welcome in all parts of Westonbirt Arboretum.

Accessible visitor information

Westonbirt's web pages and the wider Forestry Commission website have various accessibility features. Find out how to use these features here.

If you need documents produced by the Forestry Commission in an alternative format, for example, in large print or in another language, please contact:
The Diversity Team
Tel: 0300 067 5046 or email:

The Forestry Commission's Equality and Diversity strategies and documents can be read in full here.

Last updated: 8th September 2018

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