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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.

So much to do and so many places to explore

Tree Trunk Trek

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.

Wakehurst's autumn tree trunk trek

Natural play spaces

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.

Kids playing at Wakehurst in autumn

Millennium Seed Bank

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.

More about the Millennium Seed Bank

Watching scientists at work inside the Millennium Seed Bank

Woodlands of the world

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.

More about Wakehurst's woodlands

Wakehurst woodlands in autumn

The hidden world of tree seeds

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.

Children at Wakehurst (Image: Jim Holden)

The Children's Heritage Garden

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.

The Children's Heritage Garden is closed for the winter and will reopen in spring 2019.

Happy kids at Wakehurst in autumn

NEW! Wakehurst Explorer Rucksacks

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.

We have three great packs:

Nature explorers (under 6's): 

  • Collecting, searching, nature spotting and artistic projects will reveal your inner explorer.
  • Includes a Wakehurst collecting stick, word search and a magnifying glass and crayons for leaf rubbing.

Discovery explorer (6-8's): 

  • Get up-close to the world's mini-beasts by looking at insects and check out the amazing world of bees. We've got an creative challenge for you too!
  • Includes a magnifying bug pot and special brush (so not to harm you bug), plus tips for making a natural collage.

Expedition explorer (8+): 

  • Take our compass challenge and be a real life forester, measuring the age of your tree.
  • Includes a compass, binoculars and a guide to create your own sculpture. 

£4 hire charge. Pick up from the Vistor Centre on arrival

Children wearing new Explorer rucksacks venture down Wakehurst

Planning your visit

Tickets – Kids go free

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

Eating and shopping

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.

Facilities and access for families

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.

From our online shop

Kids' Wakehurst book

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

Buy Kids' Wakehurst book

Kids' Wakehurst book front cover

Bug hunter kit

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

Buy bug hunter kit

Bug hunter kit

Triangle insect hotel

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

Buy insect hotel

Triangle insect hotel