With more than 500 acres of gardens, woodlands and a nature reserve to explore, kids are free to go wild and discover the power of nature at Wakehurst.


Family-friendly events at Wakehurst

Many places to explore


Tree Trunk Trek

Crawl, climb and get to know Wakehurst’s trees on this adventurous log trail in Coates Wood. 

Explore Coates Wood

Natural play spaces

Natural play spaces are scattered across Wakehurst for kids to explore. Look out for woven willow structures to run through, a labyrinth, an acoustic chair and some talking totem poles.  


Millennium Seed Bank

Discover the underground secrets of the Millennium Seed Bank and spy on scientists at work in the world's largest seed conservation project.

Explore the Millennium Seed Bank

Woodlands of the world

Walk beneath the sweet gum trees of North America or search for the Wollemi pine, a 'living fossil' that is as old as dinosaurs, in Coates Wood. 

Explore our woodlands of the world

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.  


The Children's Heritage Garden

Enter an enchanting area where flowers, herbs and vegetables grow side by side and a giant willow pumpkin at its centre. Reopening 4 April 2019.

Explore the Children's Heritage Garden

Wakehurst Explorer rucksacks

Pull-on one of our new Explorer rucksacks and prepare for an intrepid journey through Wakehurst.

Planning your visit


Tickets – Kids go free

Children (16 and under)* free 

Adults, senior citizens, visitors with a disability, students £13.95 

Members of Wakehurst/Kew/National Trust** free 

* An adult must accompany any child 16 or under.  

** Parking charges apply to National Trust members.

Buy your tickets at the gate.   

Tickets and prices

Eating and shopping

The Stables restaurant and Seed Café serve children’s portions and you can ask a member of our stuff to warm bottles. 

Our Gift Shop offers a fantastic variety of pocket money toys, games and books for children to continue their adventures at home.  

Bring your own picnic! The gardens are there to enjoy, we just ask not to eat on the two lawns in front of the Mansion, and not bring your own food to our eateries. 

Eating and drinking at Wakehurst

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 Tree Trunk 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 that may be uneven.

Find out more about accessibility