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Plan your visit to Wakehurst

Whether you are a regular visitor or planning your first visit to Wakehurst, find out how you can 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 your tickets when you arrive, tickets are not available online.
Buy gift tickets

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

Getting here and getting around

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

Parking charges

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

Start your day at the Visitor Centre

Buy your entry ticket and pick up a map at the Visitor Centre, by the car park.

You can also find out about our daily guided walks and what's in bloom.

If you want to visit the Loder Valley Nature Reserve pick up a permit at the Visitor Centre.


Eating and drinking

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
Pizzas with a variety of toppings, cakes, coffee and chilled drinks

Seed Café

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


Shopping

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


Groups, families and access visits

Group visits

We offer reduced ticket prices for groups of 10 or more. We also offer private guided walking tours.

Information on group visits

Wakehurst for families

We have so many places to explore and lots of family-friendly activities. 

For visiting with your family

Access and facilities

We want everyone to enjoy Wakehurst, so we aim to make it as accessible as possible.

For information about access and facilities


Visiting with a school

Wakehurst provides a perfect setting for an outdoor classroom.

We offer curriculum-linked education sessions for Early Years to Key Stage 5.

For prices and other information to help you plan a visit to Wakehurst with your school.