Families

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.

Children play with mud, Wakehurst activities

Family-friendly events at Wakehurst

Many places to explore

  • Children on a trail at Wakehurst

    Tree Trunk Trek

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

    Explore Coates Wood
  • Children run through the Labyrinth at Wakehurst

    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.  

  • Children in the Millennium Seed Bank

    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
  • Children explore woodlands of the world

    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
  • Children play in the mud kitchen

    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. 

    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

  • Children play at Wakehurst

    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
  • The shop at Wakehurst

    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
  • Child playing with leaf

    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.

    Find out more about accessibility