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Wakehurst car parking

Parking is free for day paying visitors, Friends of Wakehurst and Friends of Kew. Parking charges apply to those entering Wakehurst for free with National Trust membership.
Photo of the Mansion House at Wakehurst Place

First 30 minutes of parking free


Cars: Free for the first 30 minutes, £2 for the first hour and a half, £5 for two and a half hours, £10 per day. These charges were introduced in April 2014.

Please note: free car parking applies to those who purchase a day ticket to enter Wakehurst, Friends of Wakehurst and Friends of Kew. Minibuses and coaches bringing school children on formal educational visits also park for free.

Who has to pay?

  • National Trust members retain their free entry to Wakehurst but are required to pay for parking.
  • Parking charges also apply to Blue Badge (disabled) cardholders who enter Wakehurst free with National Trust membership.

Become a Friend of Wakehurst

Friends of Wakehurst provide much-needed, direct revenue to Kew and Wakehurst. Join as a Friend for just £25 by direct debit (£30 by cash or credit card) and enjoy free entry to Wakehurst plus a range of other great benefits. For less than 50p a week you will receive: 

  • unlimited entry to the gardens at Wakehurst and the Millennium Seed Bank all year round
  • 10% off purchases in the Visitor Centre shop and Plant centre (some exclusions apply)
  • digital editions of Kew magazine
  • one free ticket to Kew Gardens
  • two free exclusive member events
  • regular e-newsletters
  • free car parking at Wakehurst

Join as a Friend at the Visitor Centre and start enjoying the benefits straight away.

Your questions answered

We answer your questions about the introduction of parking charges.

Wakehurst car parking - your questions answered