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Visitor notices and rules for Wakehurst

We welcome registered disability assistance dogs, no other dogs are allowed at Wakehurst.

Visitor notices

  • 27 November: a six month programme of upgrading Wakehurst’s paths and boundaries begins - at times certain areas may be closed to visitors.
  • 30 November to 17 December (Thursdays to Sundays only): Grounds close at 3.30pm (last entry at 3pm).
  • 7 December: the Millennium Seed Bank will be closed for a private event.


  • Tickets are non-refundable
  • If you wish to re-enter the gardens later on the same day, just tell a Visitor Assistant as you leave
  • An adult must accompany any child 16 or under 

Garden rules

To protect our plants and buildings, the following things are not allowed:

  • dogs or other animals (other than registered disability assistance dogs, and such dogs must be kept on a lead at all times)
  • flying of drones and other remotely controlled aircraft and equipment
  • bicycles, balance bikes, tricycles, scooters, rollerskates, rollerblades, skateboards or heelies
  • vehicles other than powered wheelchairs and mobility scooters
  • radios / music players or musical instruments
  • ball games or sports including jogging
  • tree-climbing
  • pruning or touching plants


We allow picnics with the following restrictions:

  • No picnics on the two lawns in front of the Mansion, or in the cafés and restaurant
  • No barbeques or picnic furniture
  • Please take away your rubbish


Special permission is required for commercial photography / painting / filming / recording anywhere at Wakehurst.