What to see at Wakehurst

This extraordinary estate has been cared for and developed by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew for over fifty years. You can stroll through formal gardens and special collections of plants, explore wild places and woodlands and find out about Kew's vital science work in the Millennium Seed Bank.

Attractions at Wakehurst A-Z

Dogwood in Winter Garden

Designed landscapes

Wakehurst collections include plants native to the UK and specimens from around the world, displayed in formal and informal gardens which emulate the southern hemisphere, the Himalayas and other zones.

Millennium Seed Bank

Millennium Seed Bank

'A gold reserve... a place where this reserve currency, in this case life itself, is stored.' So said HRH the Prince of Wales as he opened the Millennium Seed Bank in 2000. Open all year round the MSB is a hub for scientific activity where visitors can discover more about its vital mission to conserve 25% of the world’s plant species by 2020.


The Mansion

The Mansion at Wakehurst is an elegant building steeped in history, with lots to explore...

The Rose Garden at Kew

The Mansion Garden

The historic mansion at Wakehurst is surrounded by formal and informal planted borders, a large lawn, a pond and a walled garden - a setting which changes dramatically with the seasons.

Children climbing wooden wall during Wild wood weekend, image Jim Holden

Wakehurst for families

Whether you want to have an adventurous journey through woods and gardens, or find out more about plants and nature, there are lots of family-friendly features to enjoy on a day out at Wakehurst.


Wild places

The Wakehurst estate includes acres of woodlands and wild open spaces where the plants and animals of the High Weald of Sussex are conserved and can be studied.

Woodlands of the world

Wakehurst's woodlands contain specimens of temperate trees from all around the world and carpets of wild flowers which provide contrasting colours throughout the year.