Families

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

Wakehurst Wild Wood, RBG Kew/Jim Holden

Things to do with the family

Visiting during coronavirus

We are open, but we've made some changes to keep you safe. 

Keep up to date before you come as sometimes we may close some parts of the Gardens in line with government guidance. 

Coronavirus guidance

Dennis and Gnasher from Beano

Dennis & Gnasher’s Big Bonanza at Wakehurst

Get ready for jokes, plants and pranks this Easter with Dennis, Gnasher and all their friends from Beano.

Many places to explore

  • Children climbing on Tree Trunk Trek

    Tree Trunk Trek

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

Planning your visit

  • A family at Wakehurst in autumn

    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.

  • Hotdog with ketchup

    Eating and drinking

    Enjoy tasty food and delicious treats to take-away from our cafés and restaurants.

    It may be a little chilly but you can also bring your own picnic! The gardens are there to enjoy, we just ask you not to eat on the two lawns in front of the Mansion. 

  • Bluebells, Bethlehem Wood, 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.

    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.