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  • Golden Annivers-e-tree Join us this half term to celebrate 50 years of Kew at Wakehurst with fun activities for the children
  • Glow Wild Join us on a sparkling trail using a lantern to guide your way around the Gardens 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

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.

Plan your visit

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

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. Be dazzled by our famous Christmas tree and enjoy 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

What's on

Brilliant Bark Trail

Go on the Brilliant Bark Trail by downloading our new Discover Kew app.
Event date: 
6 February 2015 to 31 December 2015, 10am to 3.30pm
Event details: 
Trail is available during garden opening hours

Free daily guided tours at Wakehurst

Winter Garden at Wakehurst
Daily tours allow visitors to see plants of seasonal interest and discover the fascinating history of the estate.
Event date: 
1 May 2015 to 31 December 2015
Event details: 
Tours take place at 11.30am and 2pm

Included with entry to Wakehurst. No need to pre-book. Details from the Visitor Centre.


Guided tours meet at the Guide Meeting point adjacent to the Stables restaurant

50 Years of Kew at Wakehurst photography exhibition

Come and see a selection of photos of Wakehurst taken over the last 50 years. Find out about the garden's history and how things have changed over the years.
Event date: 
26 June 2015 to 31 December 2015, 10am to 5pm
Event details: 
From 26 June onwards. Open during the garden's opening hours. Wakehurst is closed on 24 and 25 December.
Included with entry to the gardens (normal garden admission prices apply)
Millennium Seed Bank

Wake up with Wakehurst

Exclusive Friends of Wakehurst early morning opening event.
Event date: 
25 October 2015, 6.30am to 10am
Free to Friends of Wakehurst

October half term fun: Golden Annivers-e-tree!

Visitors to Wakehurst in autumn
Celebrate 50 years of Kew at Wakehurst with our Golden Annivers-e-tree activities and seek out the golden tints of autumn as you explore the Garden. For adults and children alike.
Event date: 
26 October 2015 to 30 October 2015, 10.30am to 3.30pm

Price of activity £2. Normal Garden admission prices apply.

Mansion, Gardens and Stables Restaurant

Glow Wild

Join us on a winter lantern trail around the wonderful garden at Wakehurst and see the dazzling lights of the UK's largest living Christmas tree — a rare chance to see Wakehurst at night
Event date: 
4 December 2015 to 13 December 2015
5 December 2015 to 13 December 2015
6 December 2015 to 13 December 2015
11 December 2015 to 13 December 2015
12 December 2015 to 13 December 2015
13 December 2015 to 13 December 2015
Event details: 
There are three tickets time slots per night at 4.30pm, 5.30pm and 6.30pm. There are no trails on 7-10 December.

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