Visiting Wakehurst Enjoy the spectacular displays of colour alll year round at Wakehurst
Come on an adventure So many beautiful and intriguing things to explore from amazing landscapes to historic buildings
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:
Pieris formosa ‘Wakehurst’
This magnificent shrub is justifiably one of the best known to bear the name of the estate. It was raised at Wakehurst by Gerald Loder, probably from the first introduction of Pieris formosa var. forrestii to the country, and already had RHS awards by the 1930s. In spring the young foliage is brilliant red, fading gradually as the strongly scented white bell-like flowers open. By the end of summer the leaves are all glossy green. Some of the original plants can still be seen near the Balustrade and in the Southern Hemisphere Garden.
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'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.
National plant collections
Wakehurst boasts four national plant collections, Skimmia, Hypericum, Betula and Nothofagus, as well as a range of other themed collections, including planted beds representing eight threatened habitats.
Discover Kew app
Our new Discover Kew app is now available from iTunes. Take the Wakehurst Bark trail and discover our fascinating North American trees. The app uses iBeacons technology.
If you would like to take five minutes to feedback about your experience using the app and iBeacons at Kew please fill in our survey.