Visiting Wakehurst Enjoy the spectacular displays of colour all 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:
Sweetgum or alligator wood
Liquidambar is a stately upright tree even in spring and summer, when the deeply cut leaves bear some similarity to maples. Late into autumn, after all the maples have lost their leaves, this tree comes into its own. Gradually the leaves adopt an intense maroon-red before lightening to orange and yellow as they fall. We have many specimens in Horsebridge Wood as well as in the upper gardens, with two by the Mansion Pond where their colours are reflected in the water.
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.