1. South East and London
  2. West Sussex
  3. Ardingly

Attraction Information

At Wakehurst, there are plenty of kid-friendly activities to keep your sprogs entertained while you appreciate its beautiful collection of plants.

Room on the Broom 
Brooms at the ready? Take flight in the blustery winds on Wakehurst's new botanic garden adventure! Follow the Witch's Trail to see if you can find the items she's lost along the way. LOOK OUT! There's a swooping dragon overhead. Grab a cup of Tiger Moth Coffee and a pastry from the Flint Owl Bakery along the way. Hunt for truly magnificent stickers and complete your magical mission -have you got what it takes?  

Looking for some amazing views that will amaze even your little ones? Explore over 500 acres of wild play areas, gardens, woodlands and nature reserve at Wakehurst, Kew’s wild botanic garden! Uncover magical woodlands, treetop adventures and woodland creatures, the perfect opportunity for your kids to play outdoors and learn about the importance of plants at the same time.

Wakehurst is a place where your kids can get hands-on with nature and grow their own plants! Rain or shine, there’s always fun to be had here, like visiting the Millennium Seed Bank or experiencing their interactive exhibition - Surviving or Thriving!

Kew's Wild Botanical Garden
Explore Bloomers Valley in the height of Summer and dive into a sea-full of daisies. Play hide and seek in the long-stemmed grasslands or wander off into the American Prairie. Discover the vibrant grasslands of North America and learn about the threatened habitat. 

Meet adorable baby animals or learn about the importance of conservation too.
 
With so many beautiful landscapes filled with wildflowers, leafy trees and grasslands, you can't help but wish you had a piece of Wakehurst to bring home with you. So, it's a good job there's a gift shop onsite! Check out the Plant Centre or head to the Visitor Centre Shop! You can buy everything from sustainably sourced horticultural gifts, nature inspired textiles, clothing, books, food, drink and decorations! 

Want to know a fun fact? Wakehurst is one of the most biodiverse places on Earth and is the UK's largest conservation project! There's a whopping 200 hectares of ornamental Gardens, woodlands and a nature reserve to explore. So, whack on your trainers, wellies or flip flops and head into the lush leafy landscape of West Sussex!
Always keep your eyes peeled for seasonal events at this spectacular national trust location. Whether it's light trails in the Winter or activity packs for kids in the Spring & Summer, there are lots of great activities for families to get stuck into. It's the perfect family day out!

Wakehurst Mansion
Wakehurst Place is an Elizabethan Mansion located within Kew Gardens. This Grade I, National Trust gem is currently undergoing restoration which will be completed in the next couple of years! This magnificent house was built between 1571 and 1590 during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. As you can imagine, this house has lived through a lot! Sat amongst the beautiful gardens, this home has been used for many occasions whether that be family events, weddings or even the first seed bank in 1976! It's housed communities, schools and has been a key part of the magical Winter lantern trail, Glow Wild

Head to the Mansion Gardens, for some beautiful surroundings filled with woodland plants, innovative gardens, buzzing wildlife and an idyllic pond. Visit their 5 intimate landscapes, the Winter Garden, The Walled Garden, The Mansion Pond, The Water Gardens and Iris Dell! Get messy in the mud kitchen, potting shed and Children's Garden - it's the size of 40 tennis courts! With hidden treasures around every corner, it's a mystical spot for youngsters to explore nature.

Whether you wish to spend your hot summers or windswept winters at the gardens, there are acres of landscape and breathtaking views to soak up all year round. It's a truly magical place to take your kids. 

Food & Drink
Exploring one of the world's most diverse natural areas can be thirsty work which is why the Stables Kitchen is the perfect place to rest up and munch down! Serving a selection of hot dishes using local seasonal ingredients, as well as fresh salads & sandwiches and kid’s lunch boxes, you'll be spoilt for choice!

Feel free to check out the Seeds Cafe and the Stables Pantry for delicious treats and tasty food like homemade cakes and pastries! If you fancy a scenic picnic you should lay down your blanket in the butterfly-packed meadow! 

  • Stables Pantry is open 10am - 5pm
  • Seeds Cafe is open from 10am - 5:30pm 
  • Stables Kitchen is open from 10am - 5pm 

Accessibility
Guests who are registered blind, partially sighted, essential carers, personal assistants, support workers and next of kin accompanying disabled visitors will get free entry for.

If you are disabled and drive you will be happy to know that there are blue badge parking spaces located by the Visitor Centre. Just keep in mind there are limited spaces available. 

If you have low mobility your needs will be well catered for with a limited number of standard and all-terrain wheelchairs available to borrow at the site. There is no need to book in advance, just ask when you arrive! Mobility scooters are available to borrow from the Visitor Centre.

Due to limited availability, we please ask for you to call our rangers to book in advance on 01444 894070

Registered disability assistance dogs are allowed in the gardens, they must be on a lead.

There are many gravel and hard surface paths around the gardens. There is level or ramped access to the Visitor Centre and a lot of the ornamental planting, lawns and water features around the Mansion are accessible too via a hard surface path. 

Travel & Parking for Visitors
Wondering how you can plan your trip to Wakehurst & Kew Gardens? Check down below transport routes and parking charges! Psst, did you know that Wakehurst offers 50% of entry prices if you arrive via public transport or by bike? 

Current Car Parking Charge:
Parking is free for Garden entry ticket holders and Kew and Wakehurst members (including member guests).
Car parking fees apply to National Trust members as a contribution to RBG Kew’s science, conservation and horticultural work at Wakehurst.
The current car parking charge for National Trust members is a flat-rate of £3.50, which will continue while we work on procuring a new car parking system.

Directions
Wakehurst is located 25 minutes south of the M25 and 30 minutes north of Brighton, nestled in the High Weald.
Located on the B2028, south of Turners Hill and north of Ardingly.
  • From London, take the M25 and M23, leave at Junction 10, turn left onto the A264
  • On the A264 go straight over first two roundabouts, turn right at next roundabout, onto the B2028
  • Wakehurst is on the right after Turners Hill
On approaching Wakehurst please follow signage rather than relying on your Sat Nav, as it will bring you to the North Drive entrance which is the wrong one.

By bus
Route 272 stops outside Wakehurst, serving Crawley, Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill (Monday to Saturday only). Please click here for the timetable, route and fares.

By train
Haywards Heath (6 miles away) is the closest station. When you exit the station, turn right for the Perrymount Road bus stop.

By bike
We have bicycle racks available for your use.

  • Discover 500 acres of glorious gardens & treetop fun
  • Teach kids about conservation in a fun way
  • Enjoy seasonal kid-friendly activities!
 
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Opening Times

Open everyday from 10:00 - 18:00

Seasonal Opening Hours
Until 31 October the gardens close at 18:00.
From 1 November to 28 February the gardens close at 16.30
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Pricing & Tickets

General Admission
Child (16 and under) FREE
Young Person (17-25) £7.50 
Young Person late entry from 15:30 £3.75
Adults £14.95
Adults half-price with late entry from 15:30 for £7.50

Visitors receiving Universal Credit or Pension Credit: £1
National Trust members: FREE
Blue Light Card Holders: FREE
Blue Light Card Holder guests: £7.50
Car-free travel, for visitors travelling by public transport, bicycle or on foot £7.50

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FAQs

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Contact Details

Wakehurst
Ardingly
West Sussex
RH17 6TN
England

Tel: 01444 894066

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