Families

With more than 500 acres of gardens, woodlands and a nature reserve, there are plenty of things to do with kids at Wakehurst.

Child playing at Wakehurst in Autumn

Things to do with the family

Many places to explore

  • Children playing on a log trail in autumn

    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 during summer holidays. 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

    Kids activities at the Millennium Seed Bank

    Discover the underground secrets of the Millennium Seed Bank on a day out with the kids 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

    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. 

    Explore our woodlands of the world

Family events at Wakehurst

  • Gruffalo

    Gruffalo Adventures at Wakehurst

    Join in the autumn holiday fun with Gruffalo Adventures at Wakehurst.

    Find out more
  • Majestic barn owl and moon and stars lanterns

    Glow Wild 2020

    Join us at Wakehurst on a spellbinding winter lantern trail for all ages.

    Book tickets

Planning your visit

  • Children play at Wakehurst

    Tickets – Kids go free

    Children (16 and under)*: free 

    Adults, senior citizens, visitors with a disability, students: £14.50

    Young persons (17 – 25): £7.25

    Members of Wakehurst/Kew/National Trust** free 

    * An adult must accompany any child 16 or under.  

    ** Parking charges apply to National Trust members.

    Entry to the gardens is advance booking only. You will need to pre-book your time slot.

    Tickets and prices
  • Children reading books in Wakehurst gift shop

    Eating and shopping

    The Stables Kitchen is open for family-friendly meals, including children’s portions, as well as takeaway options.

    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. 

    Eating and drinking at Wakehurst
  • Young child playing in autumn leaves

    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