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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 activities to enjoy on a day out at Wakehurst.

Path closures

The Wetlands area and Bethlehem Woods are closed while new paths are being created.

See our visitor notices for more details

So much to do and so many places to explore

Seven outdoor playspaces

Set off on an adventurous journey round our seven outdoor play spaces.

Find the bronze seed capsule hidden at each, complete the challenge and fill in your passport.

Pick up a passport from the Visitor Centre.

For photos and more information

Labyrinth at Wakehurst

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

Wakehurst's woodlands

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's woodlands (Image: Jim Holden)

Planning your visit

Tickets – Kids go free

Children (16 and under)* free

Adults, senior citizens, visitors with a disability, students £12.50

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 – there are no toilets in the woodland areas of the estate.

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