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    Kew at Wakehurst A feast for the eyes at any time of year, Wakehurst is Kew’s garden in Sussex
  • Kew the Movies at Wakehurst Enjoy a film and a picnic at our our annual open air cinema in the amazing surroundings of Wakehurst
  • Summer Adventures at Wakehurst Take an adventurous journey around Wakehurst discovering plant facts from different areas of the globe
  • Join us for an autumn weekend at Wakehurst Get gardening tips from our experts and visit our craft stalls to get something for your own garden, while the children enjoy outdoor activities
  • Glow Wild Join us on a sparkling trail using a lantern to guide your way around the Gardens at Wakehurst
  • 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

Kew's garden in Sussex

Wakehurst, Ardingly, Haywards Heath, Sussex, RH17 6TN. Open daily at 10am.

Welcome to Wakehurst; beautiful botanic gardens located in West Sussex and managed by RBG, 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.

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50 Years of Kew at Wakehurst

50 years of Kew at Wakehurst logo

This year marks 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.

We look forward to celebrating with you at our anniversary events taking place throughout 2015.

Coming up

Wakehurst big summer adventure

25 July to 6 September. Join us during the summer holiday for fun children's activities.

Wakehurst big summer adventure

Bountiful Botanics

26 to 27 September. Celebrate the new season with a family weekend at Wakehurst. Get gardening tips and advice from our experts, see seasonal displays from local gardening societies and browse artisan craft stalls with everything from gates and fences to plants and food. There will also be plenty of fun activities for the children.

Bountiful Botanics


Glow Wild
Winter Lantern Festival

4 to 13 December. Enjoy a magical walk through a winter wonderland as seasonal lanterns light up Wakehurst after dark. There will also be carol singing around our famous Christmas tree and festive foodie treats for all the family.

Lantern trail


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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

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

Wakehurst Mansion and grounds in the summer sun

Discover the history of the Wakehurst estate

Season ticket

Open gate in the Henry Price walled garden at Wakehurst

Free entry and parking at Wakehurst.

Millennium Seed Bank

Visitors in the Millennium Seed Bank Exhibition

Find out more about our vital work saving seeds