Families

With more than 500 acres of gardens, woodlands and a nature reserve, there are plenty of things for families to do at Wakehurst — and kids go free!

Child playing with brown leaves at Wakehurst in autumn

Things to do with the family

Many places to explore

  • A child in a red coat jumps in a forest

    Tree Trunk Trek

    Our adventure playground is a space to climb, crawl and hop through Wakehurst's woodland. There's plenty of picnic benches around to build up energy before another round!

  • Children run through the Labyrinth at Wakehurst

    Natural play spaces

    Natural play spaces are scattered across Wakehurst for kids to explore. Find your way through the Labyrinth, seek out wooden carvings in our woodlands and play along the mown pathways in our summer meadows.

  • Children running through an autumnal field

    Woodlands of the world

    On a family day out, 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. 

  • A group of people in a garden looking at plants

    The Children's Walled Garden & Mud Kitchen

    Go beyond the Walled Garden to explore this enchanting place, where flowers, herbs and vegetables grow alongside each other. Open seasonally.

Planning your visit

  • A pair of children playing on a woodland path

    Tickets – Kids go free

    Children (16 and under)*: free 

    Young persons (17 – 25): £7.25 — after 3.30pm: £3.75

    Adult tickets from £1

    * An adult must accompany any child 16 or under.  

  • A family picnic

    Eating and drinking

    Enjoy tasty food and delicious treats from our cafés and restaurants.

    You can also bring your own picnic! The best places to picnic are in the Loder Valley on our secluded benches overlooking the water; in Coates Wood on one of the numerous picnic benches dotted around; or on the Mansion Lawn between the high prairie grasses of the American Prairie in summer.

  • A stone bridge over a river in an autumnal forest

    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.

    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.

Explorer rucksacks

Wakehurst Explorer Rucksacks

Pull on one of our Explorer Rucksacks and prepare for an intrepid journey through Wakehurst. Each rucksack is jam-packed with creative goodies.