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  • Spring at Wakehurst
    Celebrate spring Bask in the colour of spring at Wakehurst's Bluebells and Brimstones festival
  • Children playing in natural play area at Wakehurst
    Family fun Bring the children along to enjoy the natural play features and some chocolatey Easter weekend activity
  • Loder Valley Nature Reserve at Wakehust
    Experience nature The Loder Valley Nature Reserve boasts diverse animal and plant life, bird hides, woodland, wetland and meadowland

Situated in West Sussex and set in 465 acres of country estate, Wakehurst boasts ornamental gardens, temperate woodlands, a nature reserve and an Elizabethan mansion. 

Surround yourself in the natural beauty of the area, join a walking tour, take afternoon tea, or learn about the essential conservation work of Kew's Millennium Seed Bank. With a natural play area for the children, there is something to keep everyone entertained.

For opening times and details of how to find us, please see the 'Plan your visit' page.

Plan your visit

Main attractions

Child explorer with binoculars at Wakehurst

There is always plenty to see at Wakehurst, from the blossom and blooms of the formal gardens to the diverse animal and plant life of the Loder Valley Nature Reserve. Visit the Attractions page for the full list of all there is to see and do, or take a look below for upcoming events.

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Eat and drink

Homemade cake by Peyton and Byrne

Stop for a bite to eat in the Seed Café with its panoramic views and open-air terrace, or visit The Stables, a licenced self-service family restaurant, where you can enjoy lunch or afternoon tea.

More about restaurants and cafés

What's on

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April 2014

Seasonal stroll and soup

Pond at Wakehurst in the spring time

Join us for the first of our Seasonal stroll and soup series with a look at Wakehurst's spring border colour, water garden and woodland flora.

Event date: 
29 Apr 2014, 10.30am to 1pm
Event details: 
Tutor: Paul Reader

Course Fee: £20 per date

Download a booking form

Spring guided walks at Wakehurst

Magnolia in flower in spring at Wakehurst

A series of guided walks are being held to celebrate spring, lead by Wakehurst’s volunteer guides.

Event date: 
27 April 2014 to 5 May 2014, 12.30pm to 4pm
Event details: 
April 27, May 4 and 5 only

FREE with admission to Wakehurst

Free daily guided tours at Wakehurst

Winter Garden at Wakehurst

Daily tours allow visitors to see plants of seasonal interest and discover the fascinating history of the estate.

Event date: 
1 January 2014 to 23 December 2014
Event details: 
Tours run daily at 11.30am and 2pm

Free. No need to pre-book. Full details are available from the Visitor Centre on arrival.


Tours start from the Mansion carriage ring.

May 2014

Loder Valley Nature Reserve open days

Stunning view over the Loder Valley Reserve at Wakehurst

Discover the Loder Valley Nature Reserve, a conservation area for over 30 years.

Event date: 
4 May 2014 to 5 May 2014
Event details: 
Please ask at the Ticket Desk for your special open day permit on your day of visit

Included with entry to the Gardens

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