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Wakehurst Place

Wakehurst Place Selsfield Road | Ardingly, Haywards Heath RH17 6TN, England
+44 1444 894066
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Beautiful grounds with a large selection of different trees and flowers native and from afar. At... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Hannah D
A Rip-off from start to finish!

Drive to the car-park entry gates and get confronted by an unfriendly robot arm demanding you... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Woking, United Kingdom
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Enjoy the vast and beautiful grounds of Wakehurst. Situated in West Sussex and set in 465 acres of country estate, Wakehurst is glorious year-round with ornamental gardens, temperate woodlands, a nature reserve and an Elizabethan mansion. Besides the vast grounds, there is also a well-stocked gift shop, a cafe, a restaurant and a bakery.
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good32%
  • Average10%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible2%
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Wakehurst Place Selsfield Road | Ardingly, Haywards Heath RH17 6TN, England
+44 1444 894066
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Reviewed yesterday

Beautiful grounds with a large selection of different trees and flowers native and from afar. At this time of year (Sept) we didn't expect much colour or foliage but instead were met with fiery autumnal leaves, delicate cyclamens and a wall garden that made me...More

Thank Hannah D
Reviewed 2 days ago

Drive to the car-park entry gates and get confronted by an unfriendly robot arm demanding you either show a valid card or press a button to get a 3 hr. (£10.00 - yes TEN Pounds) parking ticket. Walk around the grounds and see 60% closed...More

Thank kroYyrraB
Reviewed 3 days ago

My sister and I visited Wakehurst Place on 17 September. It was beautiful and we had a lovely time. However the whole visit was marred by the huge £10 car parking charge for our visit of just over 5 hours. We are both national trust...More

1  Thank Alison B
Reviewed 6 days ago

Wonderful place to visit, with a wide variety of planting with all species clearly signposted in this beautiful countryside setting. Millenium seed bank is a national treasure, and lovely gift shop and restaurant (too expensive). Becoming a Friend of Wakehurst was well worth the cost...More

Thank Snue5
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

As per the title "amazing gardens & great walk". Really worth the visit even on a cloudy day. The variety of plants is spectacular and the gardens are very well maintained and landscaped. This is a great venue for all ages and pretty much all...More

Thank Carn W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Love it here. the beauty of nature combines with the beauty of the house to make a truly fabulous place to visit

Thank Kemmers1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been going here since 2003 and have picked up so many tips in gardening. The site for the seed bank and the preservation of many of seeds as the earth continually faces change through human induced climate change and landscapes. We have a...More

Thank Hash-Kath P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've been coming to Wakehurst for a few years now and it's always a good experience. I love the water gardens and the walled garden. The plants are well labelled and the planting and layouts are inspiring for a budding gardener. But it's worth going...More

Thank redfergus
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wakehurst is a beautiful garden overlooked by a (mostly) Elizabethan manor. Wonderful collection of trees from many countries. Some of the paths are pretty steep especially down to the lakes. However, to charge 10 pounds for parking for three hours in addition to a £12.50...More

3  Thank phalarope55
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The restaurants; the Seed Bank; the tranquillity of the gardens with acres of space blending seemlessly from formal to informal;activities for children whilst also buggy friendly. A really good place to visit and easily spend a whole day. Slightly bizarre conflict of signage at entrance...More

Thank bikerb2_
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Questions & Answers
17 September 2017|
Response from Intrepidtravellers_8 | Reviewed this property |
For general admission I believe you need to leave well before the first entry for the lantern festival. All the details are on the website.
18 June 2017|
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Response from Woodstock1953 | Reviewed this property |
Assistance dogs only are allowed in.
kate x
29 May 2017|
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Response from anniead2016 | Reviewed this property |
If you want a cuppa and to walk the grounds I'd say at least 3 hours.