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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

The winter garden at Wakehurst

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.
Orange tip butterfly

Loder Valley Nature Reserve

Get a close look at over 300 plant species as well as dormice, badgers, kingfishers and butterflies in our 40 acre nature reserve.
The Millennium Seed Bank

Millennium Seed Bank

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 in spring (Image: Jim Holden)

The Mansion

Discover our Elizabethan Mansion, containing a gallery of botanical paintings and housing a range of events throughout the year.
Autumn at Wakehurst (Image: Jim Holden)

The Mansion Garden

The historic Mansion at Wakehurst is nestled between formal and informal borders, a sweeping lawn, a pond and a walled garden.
Aerial view of the Wetlands

The Wetlands

Explore the varied wildlife and tranquil beauty of the Wetlands like never before with our newly-renovated boardwalks, and take a moment to relax in the woodland shelter.

Wakehurst for children

With more than 500 acres of gardens, woodland and a nature reserve to explore, children have everything they need for a great day out.
The Winter Garden

Winter Garden

A blast of colour against a wintery landscape, the Winter Garden is an emerging beauty of shimmering bark, soft foliage and rich scents. Flourishing mid-January 2019.
Sculpture in Pearcelands Wood

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.