Push the heavy oak door leading from the Walled Garden and you will enter an enchanting area, that during the 19th century supplied fruit and vegetables to the main house.
Flowers, herbs and vegetables grow side by side and the native wild flower meadow is home to a giant willow pumpkin at its centre - perfect for a game of hide and seek.
Located in Coates Wood this is an exciting and adventurous log trail on which children can crawl, climb and have hours of fun. There’s even a stage area where they can use their imagination and create their very own shows.
Interspersed throughout Wakehurst are natural play spaces where children can let off steam and have fun.
As you walk through the grounds you will spot woven willow structures to run through, tree stumps to climb on and some fabulous talking totem poles, a labyrinth and an acoustic chair.
Discover the subterranean secrets of the Millennium Seed Bank and learn about the largest seed conservation project in the world.
Watch scientists at work through our viewing windows and enjoy a film about the work of Kew Science.
Get a taste of North America amongst the hickory and sweet gum trees in Horsebridge Wood. Experience the landscape of the eastern Himalayas amongst rhododendrons in Westwood Valley.
Visit Coates Wood to discover the Wollemi pine, dubbed a 'living fossil' as it dates back to the time of the dinosaurs.
Ever wondered what’s going on inside a seed? This trail weaves through our wild Pearcelands Wood and will test your X-ray vision.
You will learn lots about the trees at Wakehurst, the challenges they face and the animals that live in them. The trail takes around 30 minutes to walk around.
Pull-on one of our new explorer rucksacks and prepare for an intrepid journey through Wakehurst!
Jam-packed with creative goodies, each rucksack will make sure your child makes the most from their time in the garden. A little adult help is needed with some of the activities - making them a great way to share in the joy of discovery.
When you return your rucksack, claim a Wakehurst explorer badge too.
We have three great packs:
Nature explorers (under 6's):
Discovery explorer (6-8's):
Expedition explorer (8+):
£4 hire charge. Pick up from the Vistor Centre on arrival
Children (16 and under)* free
Adults, senior citizens, visitors with a disability, students £12.95
Friends of Wakehurst/Kew/National Trust members** free
* An adult must accompany any child 16 or under. ** Parking charges apply to National Trust members entering Wakehurst for free.
Buy tickets when you arrive, not available online
Picnics are allowed throughout the gardens except on the two lawns in front of the Mansion or in the cafés and restaurant.
Our restaurants and cafés serve children’s portions and you can ask to warm bottles.
For cakes and other treats head to the Seed Café, inside the Visitor Centre.There are pocket money toys, games, books and activities for children at the Gift shop.
Map – we will give you a map when you arrive, this shows all toilets, baby changing facilities and suitable routes for buggies.
Toilets – Toilets are located near Treetrunk Trek until 2 September.
Access – most buildings have level or ramped access. Around the Mansion and Visitor Centre there are gravel and hard surfaced paths. The remaining garden and woodland areas have steep slopes, steps or paths may be uneven.
An action-packed, interactive guide, with fold-out map, 40 stickers and lots of activities. Features exciting places to visit and things to do at all times of the year. £5
This kit includes expert tips on where bugs lurk. Containing 30 fun projects, it allows you to catch bugs in the field with the bug catcher provided. £8.99
This Fallen Fruits triangle insect hotel offers several species the opportunity to nest and hibernate. Suitable for solitary bees, green lacewing, ladybirds and earwigs. £10