Getting here

We're right in the heart of Sussex, accessible in a range of ways.

Pines in Bethlehem Wood at Wakehurst

Getting here during COVID-19

Under the recent lockdown, you should only leave your home for limited reasons, including for outdoor exercise. You should not travel outside your local area for that exercise e.g. your town, village or part of the city where you live.

Please check gov.uk for further guidance, including rules around public transport and car-sharing.

You must book a time slot in advance, otherwise unfortunately you won’t be allowed to visit.

From 11 January until mid-February 2021: Whilst our car park entrance is being resurfaced, an all-day, flat rate car parking charge of £3.50 will apply to National Trust members. This acts as a contribution to RBG Kew’s science, conversation and horticultural work at Wakehurst.

Where to find us

Ardingly, Haywards Heath, Sussex, RH17 6TN

By car/coach

Our car park is open. Charges apply to National Trust members as a contribution to RBG Kew’s science, conservation and horticultural work at Wakehurst.

Please note: Our car park is being resurfaced from 11 January until mid-February. A flat rate of £3.50 will be incurred and cover the whole day. 

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 two roundabouts, 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.

Parking charges

Parking is free for: 

  • Garden entry ticket holders
  • Kew and Wakehurst members
  • Coaches if 50% or more of the party are buying tickets, otherwise the charge is £50

Parking charges apply to National Trust members:

  • Up to 30 minutes: Free

  • Up to 1.5 hours: £3.50 

  • Up to 2.5 hours: £6.00

  • Over 2.5 hours: £10.00

Where to park

  • Spaces for Blue Badge holders are next to the Visitor Centre
  • Coach parking is available in the main car park 

Wakehurst is run by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. It does not receive any money from the National Trust for its visitors.

Kew receives just under half of its funding from Government through the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and research councils. Further funding to support Kew’s vital work comes from donors, membership and commercial activity including ticket sales and car parking.

By bus

Route 272 stops outside Wakehurst, serving Crawley, Haywards Heath and Burgess Hill (Monday to Saturday only). 

By train 

Haywards Heath (6 miles away) is our closest station. When you exit the station turn right for the Perrymount Road bus stop. 

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