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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.


So much to do and so many places to explore

Pearcelands Wood trail

Enter Pearcelands Wood and follow the trail.

Learn about its wild plants and explore its hidden places. You'll discover the secrets of an ancient working woodland.

Open until the end of October.

For photos and more information

Entrance to Pearcelands Wood trail

Children's Heritage Garden

Discover our special garden, just for children.

Have lots of fun in the potting shed, mud kitchen and vegetable area. 

Open until the end of October.

For photos and more information

Mud kitchen in heritage garden at Wakehurst

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


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