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    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
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    Wakehurst's wildlife With woodlands, wetlands and meadowlands, Wakehurst provides the perfect habitat for a diverse range of animals
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    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 (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


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.

Attractions

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

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.
Price: 
Venue: 
Wakehurst

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
Price: 
Included with entry to Wakehurst. No need to book. Details from the Visitor Centre.
Venue: 
Meet at the guide meeting point adjacent to The Stables restaurant.

Valentine's Day lunch

Join us for a romantic Valentine's Day lunch for two in the tranquil surroundings of Wakehurst, where you can take a leisurely stroll through the garden afterwards.
Event date: 
14 February 2016, 12pm to 3pm
Price: 
£14 per person, plus normal admission price to Wakehurst.
Venue: 
Stables Restaurant

February half term fun: 'hearts and crafts'

Heart shaped beetroot sprouts
Join us for a love themed week of activities to keep the children entertained during the half-term holiday
Event date: 
15 February 2016 to 19 February 2016, 10.30am to 3.30pm
Event details: 
Children’s school holiday activity, open to all
Price: 
Each activity £3 per participant, plus normal admission price to Wakehurst. See Wakehurst ticket prices.
Venue: 
Wakehurst

Wedding open day: February 2016

Looking for an unusual wedding venue? Why not come along to our Wedding Open Day and see the options available at Wakehurst?
Event date: 
28 February 2016, 10am to 6pm
Price: 

Free. Booking in advance essential.

Venue: 
Wakehurst

Mother's Day lunch

Mother and child
Delight your mother with a special lunch to celebrate Mother's Day in the Elizabethan mansion at Wakehurst, followed by a gentle stroll round the historic garden afterwards.
Event date: 
6 March 2016, 12pm to 4pm
Price: 
£25 per person (£12.50 for children 10 years and under)
Venue: 
Mansion

Wakehurst: vintage afternoon tea

Enjoy a vintage afternoon tea of sandwiches and cakes with a choice of teas and infusions in the elegant Elizabethan mansion at Wakehurst
Event date: 
20 March 2016, 2pm to 4pm
Price: 
£17.50 per person. Entry to Wakehurst included in the price. Booking essential
Venue: 
The mansion

Walks to celebrate spring

Join us for a walk in the spring sunshine to get out into the open air after the winter chill.
Event date: 
24 April 2016, 10.30am
Event details: 
Various times. These walks also take place on 29 April 2016
Price: 
Included with entry to Wakehurst. See Wakehurst ticket prices.
Venue: 
Wakehurst

Friends of Wakehurst: open evening

Wakehurst Mansion and pond
Don't miss this opportunity to visit the historic Garden at Wakehurst after hours.
Event date: 
27 April 2016, 6pm to 8.30pm
Price: 
Free to Friends of Wakehurst
Venue: 
Wakehurst

Spring walks at Wakehurst

Celebrate spring with a guided walk round the Garden at Wakehurst
Event date: 
29 April 2016, 10.30am
Event details: 
Various times. These walks also take place on 24 April 2016
Price: 
Included with entry to Wakehurst.
Venue: 
Wakehurst

Kingfisher and badger watching evening

Don't miss this rare opportunity to get up close to these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat
Event date: 
16 May 2016, 5.30pm to 9.30pm
Price: 
£30 per person, price includes a light snack.
Venue: 
Loder Valley Nature Reserve

Wild wood weekend

Join us for a weekend of crafts, storytelling and guided walks for all the family.
Event date: 
28 May 2016 to 30 May 2016, 10am to 5pm
Price: 
Included with entry to Wakehurst. See Wakehurst ticket prices.
Venue: 
Wakehurst

May half term adventure: home sweet home

Hotel for creepy crawlies
Bring the children to Wakehurst during the May half term holiday to take part in creative activities, learning about bugs and making a bug hotel for your garden.
Event date: 
31 May 2016 to 6 June 2016, 10.30am to 3.30pm
Event details: 
Children’s school holiday activity, open to all
Price: 
Activity £3 per participant, plus normal admission price to Wakehurst. See Wakehurst ticket prices.
Venue: 
Wakehurst

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