The Original Garden Visitor's Guide


Wakehurst is a beautiful botanic gardens located in West Sussex and managed by Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Set in 535 acres of country estate. Botanic garden and plantsman’s paradise; wildflower refuge and ancient woodland; world-famous seed bank and conservation pioneer; Elizabethan mansion and Victorian country estate. Wakehurst is all of these things and more. And, it’s deeply rooted in one of the best-preserved medieval landscapes in Europe.

This extraordinary estate has been cared for and developed by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew for over 50 years. Surround yourself in the natural beauty of the area, enjoy afternoon tea or learn about the essential conservation work of Kew's Millennium Seed Bank. With natural play areas for the children, and wildlife all around, there is something to keep everyone entertained.

Fact File

Opening Times: Open daily from 10am. Closing times vary according to season. Closed 24 and 25 December
Admission Rates: Adults £12.50, Children 16 and under FREE
Group Rates: Pre-paid groups of 10 or more, on the day price £11.25, pre-paid in advance £10 (prices may change in April 2017 check website for details).
Facilities: Formal gardens, woodlands, Elizabethan mansion, free garden tours, plant shop and extensive gift shop, Kew’s Millennium Seedbank Exhibition, Kids Adventurous Journeys, Loder Valley Nature Reserve, Seed Café, Stables Restaurant, Redwoods Café.
Disabled Access: The ornamental gardens and areas around the Mansion are level and the facilities are fully accessible, but as the woodland gardens are hilly some areas are not easily accessible to wheel chair users.
Special Events: Seasonal events throughout the year – check website for details
Coach/car parking: Car parking available at the entrance of the site. Contact for prices
Length of visit: 4 hours
Booking Contact: Laura Hollis, Visitor Services Assistant.
Location: Wakehurst is located in West Sussex on the B2028 between Turners Hill and Ardingly. The post code is RH17 6TN. The nearest railway station is Haywards Heath which is approximately six miles away.