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Plan your visit to Wakehurst

Whether you are a regular visitor or planning your first visit to Wakehurst, this page will help you make the most of your day.

Visitor information

Ticket prices

Friends of Wakehurst/Kew/National Trust members* free
​Find out more about Friends of Wakehurst

Adults £12.50

Children (16 and under)** free

Visitors with a disability, students and senior citizens £12.50

Essential carers: free

Registered blind and partially sighted visitors: free

Buy tickets when you arrive, not available online

* Parking charges apply to National Trust members entering Wakehurst for free
** An adult must accompany any child 16 or under

Getting here

Our address is Ardingly, Haywards Heath, Sussex, RH17 6TN

By car/coach: we are on the B2028, south of Turners Hill and north of Ardingly.

Directions from London:

  • Take the M25 then M23, leave at Junction 10, turn left onto the A264
  • On the A264 go straight over first roundabout, turn right at next roundabout, onto the B2028
  • Wakehurst is on the right after Turners Hill

By train: our closest station is Haywards Heath (6 miles away). Turn right out of the station for the Perrymount Road bus stop. For train times.

By bus: route 272 stops outside Wakehurst, serving Crawley, Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill (Monday to Saturday only). For 272 timetable and route map.

Download map of Wakehurst (pdf)

Opening times and closures

Open daily at 10am

Grounds close at 6pm, last entry at 5.30pm (closing times vary throughout the year​)

The Mansion* and the Millennium Seed Bank close at 5pm (last entry at 4.30pm)

Closed on 24 and 25 December

* The Mansion is often closed for private events, please check before you visit

Sorry, no dogs (except assistance dogs)

For visitor notices, closures and rules

Parking

  • Parking is free for ticket holders, Friends of Wakehurst and Friends of Kew
  • Charges apply to National Trust members entering Wakehurst for free
  • Spaces for cars displaying a Blue Badge are next to the Visitor Centre – parking charges apply
  • Coach parking is available in the main car park – parking charges may apply, see Group visits information

Parking charges

  • Up to 30 minutes: free
  • Up to 1.5 hours: £2
  • Up to 2.5 hours: £5
  • All day: £10

Eating, drinking and shopping

The Stables restaurant

Near the Mansion
Open daily 10am–5pm (lunch served 11.45am–2.30pm)
For hot meals, soups, salads, sandwiches and cakes

Redwoods Coffee Shop

Inside The Stables restaurant
For special Grumpy Mile coffees and delicious cakes

Seed Café

Inside the Visitor Centre
Open daily 10am–5.15pm
For teas, coffee, cakes, sandwiches and soups

Gift shop

Inside the Visitor Centre
Open Monday to Saturday 10am–5.30pm and Sunday 11.30am–5.30pm
For gifts, books and other treats


Visitor Centre

At the Visitor Centre you'll find everything you need to enjoy your visit. Buy your entry ticket to the gardens, get details of our daily guided walks and find out what's in bloom on the day of your visit.

You can also visit our shop which has a selection of top quality gifts—there is a choice of books on nature and gardening, clothing and accessories for visitors of all ages as well as a games, books and activities aimed at our younger visitors. You'll find cards and gifts, such as hand creams, and glassware, as well as garden accessories and lots of tasty treats.


Visiting the Loder Valley Reserve

A permit is required to visit the Reserve.

Please go to the ticket desk in the Visitor Centre when you visit. No pre-booking accepted.

For more about the Loder Valley Reserve


Family visits

What's on for families

Eating and drinking

Our restaurants and cafés serve children’s portions and you can ask to warm bottles. Picnics are allowed throughout the Gardens.

Toilets, baby changing and buggies

A map is available upon entry which details toilets, baby changing facilities and suitable routes for buggies. There are no toilets in the woodland areas of the estate. Most buildings have ramped access. Some paths are very steep or may be uneven.


Group visits

Discounted tickets

Save money when you bring a group of 10 or more to Wakehurst:

  • £10 per adult, payable at least one week in advance
  • £11.25 per adult, buy on the day (in one transaction)
  • Children (16 and under) go free

Private guided walking tours

  • 75 minute tour with a volunteer guide
  • £2 per person (minimum charge of £30)
  • Up to 25 people per guide 
  • Book at least one month in advance

Coaches

  • Free coach parking if 50% or more of the party are buying tickets, otherwise the charge is £50
  • Free entry and refreshment voucher for your coach driver

For group tickets and tours call 01444 894067 or email wakehurst@kew.org 

For information about school visits 


Access information

  • Parking for Blue Badge holders next to the Visitor Centre - parking charges apply
  • Level or ramped access to Millennium Seed Bank, Visitor Centre, shop, restaurant and cafés

For more information about access


Visitor notices and rules

  • An adult must accompany any child 16 or under 
  • We welcome registered disability assistance dogs, no other dogs allowed

For full visitor notices and rules