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  • Glow wild at Wakehurst 2016
    Lantern-lit trail A magical after-dark walk through the beautiful winter landscape at Wakehurst
  • Wedding venues - Wakehurst mansion
    Kew at Wakehurst A feast for the eyes at any time of year, Wakehurst is Kew’s garden in Sussex
  • Loder Valley
    Experience nature The Loder Valley Nature Reserve boasts diverse animal and plant life, bird hides, woodland, wetland and meadowland
  • wildlife
    Wakehurst's wildlife With woodlands, wetlands and meadowlands, Wakehurst provides the perfect habitat for a diverse range of animals
  • millennium seed bank
    Millennium Seed Bank Learn how scientists at Wakehurst are protecting the world's plants from extinction in this fascinating building
  • Credit: Mona Ali
    Weddings at Wakehurst Celebrate in the stunning surroundings of our 400 acre country estate.

Kew's garden in Sussex

Wakehurst, Ardingly, Haywards Heath, Sussex, RH17 6TN. 

Open daily at 10am (closed only on 24 and 25 December).

The official website for Wakehurst; beautiful botanic gardens located in West Sussex and managed by Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. 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, enjoy afternoon tea or learn about the essential conservation work of Kew's Millennium Seed Bank. With natural play areas for the children, and wildlife all around, there is something to keep everyone entertained.

Plan your visit

Coming up

Glow wild at Wakehurst

An exquisite lantern trail through Wakehurst’s winter landscape

Friday to Sunday from 2 to 18 December 2016

Glow Wild


50 Years of Kew at Wakehurst

50 years of Kew at Wakehurst logo

In 2015 we celebrated the golden jubilee of Kew’s management of the Wakehurst Estate. 

Much has been achieved, from the Millennium Seed Bank project and the creation of the Loder Valley and Francis Rose Nature Reserves to the introduction of the Visitor Centre, the Seed café and Stables restaurant.

Wakehurst has become a world class visitor attraction.


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. 


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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 licensed, self-service family restaurant, where you can enjoy lunch or afternoon tea.

Eat and drink

What's on

Brilliant Bark Trail

Bark of Black poplar, <em>Populus nigra</em>
Go on the Brilliant Bark Trail by downloading our Discover Kew app
Event date: 
1 January 2016 to 23 December 2016, 10am to 3.30pm
Event details: 
Trail is available during garden opening hours.

Free daily guided tour at Wakehurst

Join us on a daily tour lasting 1-1½ hrs giving visitors the chance to see plants of seasonal interest and discover the fascinating history of the estate.
Event date: 
1 January 2016 to 23 December 2016, 11.30am to 1pm
Event details: 
Tours take place at 11.30am and 2pm when availability allows
Included with entry to Wakehurst. No need to book. Details from the Visitor Centre.
Meet at the guide meeting point adjacent to The Stables restaurant.

Wild play

Treetrunk Trek play space
Wild play spaces to be explored include our new adventure play space, Treetrunk Trek.
Event date: 
1 June 2016 to 31 October 2016, 10am to 5pm
Free with entry to Wakehurst.

October half term fun

Half term fun at Wakehurst
As part of our amazing autumn at Wakehurst, get hands-on with our crafty science activities for all the family.
Event date: 
22 October 2016 to 30 October 2016, 10.30am to 3.30pm
£3 per child, plus normal admission price to Wakehurst.
Wakehurst Place.

Glow Wild winter lantern festival 2016

Sillouette of mother and child at Glow Wild festival
Event date: 
2 December 2016 to 18 December 2016, 4pm to 7.30pm
3 December 2016 to 18 December 2016, 4pm to 7.30pm
4 December 2016 to 18 December 2016, 4pm to 7.30pm
9 December 2016 to 18 December 2016, 4pm to 7.30pm
10 December 2016 to 18 December 2016, 4pm to 7.30pm
11 December 2016 to 18 December 2016, 4pm to 7.30pm
16 December 2016 to 18 December 2016, 4pm to 7.30pm
17 December 2016 to 18 December 2016, 4pm to 7.30pm
18 December 2016 to 18 December 2016, 4pm to 7.30pm
Event details: 
Event takes place on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only.

Various prices


More from Wakehurst

Wakehurst for kids

A kids's guide to Wakehurst Place

An action-packed guide to children's activities at Wakehurst.

Free daily guided tours

Discover the history of the Wakehurst estate

Friends of Wakehurst

Open gate in the Henry Price walled garden at Wakehurst

Enjoy unlimited year-round entry and other special benefits.

Millennium Seed Bank

Visitors in the Millennium Seed Bank Exhibition

Find out more about our vital work saving seeds