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Wakehurst car parking charges

In order to maintain the running costs of Wakehurst and continue delivering our outstanding horticultural standards and wonderful visitor experience, we charge for parking.

Photo of the Mansion House at Wakehurst Place


Cars: £2 for the first hour, £5 for two 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, to Wakehurst Season Ticket holders and to 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 Place but are required to pay for parking. 
  • Charges apply to Blue Badge (disabled) cardholders.
  • Group visits in minibuses and coaches will either pay the current discounted group entry rate for each passenger, or an agreed fee based on the number of paying visitors in the coach.

Become a Wakehurst Season Ticket holder and get free parking

Wakehurst Season Ticket holders provide much-needed, direct revenue to Kew via their memberships. A Wakehurst Season Ticket costs £25 by direct debit or £30 by cash or credit card - which is around 50p a week for 12 month. This gets you year-round free entry and free parking at Wakehurst plus lots of other benefits. Support us and buy your Season Ticket at the Wakehurst Visitor Centre for:

  • free entry to the gardens and Millennium Seed Bank all year round
  • free car parking
  • one free ticket to Kew Gardens (worth £14.50)
  • two free, exclusive open evenings
  • 10% off purchases in the Visitor Centre Shop and Plant centre (some exclusions apply)

If you would like to become a Season Ticket holder, you can start benefitting immediately by joining at the Wakehurst Visitor Centre.

Your questions answered

Read our full list of frequently asked questions to find out more about why parking charges have been introduced.

Wakehurst car parking - your questions answered