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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 £12.95
Children (16 and under)** free
Visitors with a disability, students and senior citizens £12.95
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.

  • 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

On approaching Wakehurst please follow signage rather than relying on your Sat Nav, as it will bring you to the North Drive entrance which is the wrong one.

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.

Opening times and closures

Gardens 10am – 4.30pm (last entry 4pm)

Please note that on the days of Glow Wild, winter lantern festival (Thursdays to Sundays, 22 November to 16 December 2018) the Gardens close at 3.30pm (last entry 3pm). We apologise for any inconvenience.

Mansion* and MSB 10am–3.30pm (last entry 3pm)

* The Mansion can be closed for private events, please check before you visit.

Sorry, no dogs (except assistance dogs)

For other visitor notices, closures and rules

 


Parking

Parking is free for ticket holders, Friends of Wakehurst and Friends of Kew.

Parking charges apply to all motor vehicles including motorcycles and National Trust members entering Wakehurst for free.

Spaces for Blue Badge holders are next to the Visitor Centre.

Coach parking is available in the main car park – see group visits

Parking charges

  • Up to 30 minutes: free
  • Up to 1.5 hours: £2.50
  • 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–3.45pm (lunch served 11.45am–2.30pm)
For hot meals, soups, salads, sandwiches and cakes

Seed Café

Inside the Visitor Centre
Open daily 10am–4.15pm
For teas, coffee, cakes, sandwiches and soups

Enjoy Christmas lunch at Wakehurst, 17 - 22 December 

Join us for a special turkey or nut-roast Christmas lunch for £12.50, served daily in the Stables. A selection of festive side dishes, quiches, sandwiches, and baguettes will also be available. 

Enjoy a delicious Boxing Day and New Year’s Day brunch

Treat yourself to a tasty brunch in The Stables restaurant at this festive time of year, served from 10am to 3pm. Choose from a full English breakfast, vegetarian breakfast, or the lighter choice of yogurt, granola, fruit and pastries. Fresh coffee, tea and juice will be served.

Bring a reusable cup to any of our outlets and receive a 25p discount on any hot beverages. Reusable cups are also available to purchase.


Shopping

Gift shop

Our gift shop is inside the Visitor Centre. We have a fantastic range of Christmas cards, gifts and decorations - perfect for Christmas shopping. 

Monday to Saturday 10am–5pm
Sunday 11am–5pm


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 children

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

For visiting with your children

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.