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  • 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.

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

Please note: early closing dates

Due to our Glow Wild event, the Gardens will be closing at 3pm on 4-6 December and 11-13 December. Last entry to the Gardens will be at 2.30pm. The Seed Café and shop will remain open. Entry after this time will be ticketed only.

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

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

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