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Explore Wakehurst

  • Visiting Wakehurst Enjoy the spectacular displays of colour all year round at Wakehurst
  • Wedding venues - Wakehurst mansion
    Come on an adventure So many beautiful and intriguing things to explore from amazing landscapes to historic buildings
  • Bride and Groom at Wakehurst (Credit: Mona Ali)
    Weddings at Wakehurst Celebrate in the stunning surroundings of our 400 acre country estate.
  • wildlife
    Wakehurst's wildlife With woodlands, wetlands and meadowlands, Wakehurst provides the perfect habitat for a diverse range of animals

Wonderful Wakehurst! Whatever the time of year the grounds of Wakehurst are a sight to behold. Wander through ornamental gardens, temperate woodlands and national plant collections. Follow a sculpture trail, spot wildlife or take freshly made afternoon tea. With the Millennium Seed Bank also on site, there is so much to explore – where will you start?

Wakehurst's plant of the week:

Crocus

Crocus tomassinianus

Crocuses are found in southern Europe and western Asia, from the Alps to the coasts of the Mediterranean Sea. Crocus tomassinianus is one of the best to naturalise in large drifts in short grass as it self-seeds and spreads through the corms dividing. Huge drifts of this species can be found in the Slips at Wakehurst and, although the flowers only open in warm weather they are a good source of pollen and nectar for the year’s early flying bees.

 


Exploring Wakehurst with children

Wakehurst isn’t just for garden enthusiasts. There are adventures to be had, woodlands to be explored, minibeasts to be spotted. From interactive wood scultpures to living willow tunnels, children of all ages love the natural play features, so why not join in! 

Wakehurst for children

Wakehurst's vistas and landscapes

From open sweeps of countryside to carpeted woodlands, from rolling hills to valleys and ravines, Wakehurst is a feast for the eyes. Take a look at the vistas and landscapes to be explored at Wakehurst.

Vistas and landscapes

National plant collections

Wakehurst boasts five national plant collections, Skimmia, Hypericum, EucryphiaBetula and Nothofagus, as well as a range of other themed collections, including planted beds representing eight threatened habitats.

Plant collections