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Wakehurst Place

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Address: Wakehurst Place Selsfield Road | Ardingly, Haywards Heath RH17 6TN, England
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+44 1444 894066

Enjoy the vast and beautiful grounds of Wakehurst. Situated in West Sussex...

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.

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Seed bank is impressive

Wakehurst Place is an incredibly well kept attraction although the entrance price is prohibitive if you are not a member of the national trust. Great place for the kids to run... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Piers A
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

drove to wakehurst place, it had been a couple of years since my last visit, with camera in hand i started my walk towards the house.... then i spied the parking charge... as a member of the Nation Trust for the last 20 years, i was not expecting that...so i got back in my car and drove off... Ightham mote... More 

Thank john k
Epsom, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The good news is that National Trust members get entry included in their annual subscription, the bad news is that they have to pay £10 parking unlike people who pay for entry (£12.50) who qualify for free parking.

Thank Richwad
West Sussex, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

As National trust members we went to Wakehurst for a stroll around the mansion grounds, lakes and woodlands and then for a cup of tea in the Seed cafe. We went to pay for our car parking and were charged £10 for 2.5 hours, when we queried the price we were asked if we would like to pay £25 to... More 

Thank Tracey A
London, UK
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We go to Wakehurst a lot, with my 4 year old, and also my parents. There is something for everyone here - definitely plenty of things for an energetic child to burn off energy, running around with friends. We often stop at the end for a coffee on the way out - not the cheapest, but definitely very welcome. The... More 

Thank francesl
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wakehurst Place is an incredibly well kept attraction although the entrance price is prohibitive if you are not a member of the national trust. Great place for the kids to run around.

Thank Piers A
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have a brother working in biology. The seed bank was incredibly interesting and I literally loads about the different plants there despite the lack of comparative subject knowledge to my brother. The gardens are beautiful and a great place for a date or a family walk. I believe they offer automobiles for the elderly when visiting the seed bank... More 

Thank Harry B
Pevensey, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our visit. Ok so you have to pay £5 to park for 2.5hrs ... plenty of time for a coffee, a relaxing walk, a look at the house and the seedbank followed by browsing in the well stocked shop. We are national trust members so £5 for an enjoyable morning was money well spent. Paths are gravel... More 

Thank Eleighs
London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went to the Wakehurst Place seedbank for our Grandson's birthday. Free Entry as we are National Trust members. What a fabulous place for walking. The seedbank laboratory was interesting. Restaurant was reasonable however the soup was warm rather than hot. Toilets were clean and accessible. Car park was an eye watering £10 for 4 hours. This is normally free at... More 

Thank matt_murphy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I love this place!! It's a wonderful chance to let the kids run off some energy for a few hours while totally reconnecting to nature. We have been several times, because no matter the weather (it was drizzling last time we went!) the physical activities available to the children (and us big kids too) make it fun! Full of wide... More 

Thank Alison H
Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We hadn't been to Wakehurst for a while because of the car parking issue and we are NT members but we went to see the tallest lighted tree in the UK. It is a beautiful giant redwood and is very impressive. We love the water at Wakehurst with the lake and the streams and little pools. The hills are sometimes... More 

Thank Joanna E

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