Wakehurst

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ARDINGLY, WEST SUSSEX

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Woodland and lakes linked by a pretty watercourse make this large garden a beautiful place to walk, with an amazing variety of interesting trees and shrubs, a winter garden, and a rock walk. Also on site is the Millennium Seed Bank, dedicated to the conservation of seeds from wild plants. The garden is administered and maintained by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

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Wakehurst
Royal Botanic Gardens, ARDINGLY, Haywards Heath, RH17 6TN
Phone : 01444 894066

Features

Facilities
  • Parking onsite
  • Cafe
Accessibility
  • Some areas of the estate accessible only by very steep paths
  • Facilities: Manual & electric wheelchairs available
  • Accessible toilets
Opening Times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open all year, Mar-Oct 10-6, Nov-Feb 10-4.30. Closed 24-25 Dec

About The area

Discover West Sussex

Divided from East Sussex back in 1888, West Sussex is so typically English that to walk through its landscape will feel like a walk through the whole country. Within its boundaries lies a wide variety of landscape and coastal scenery, but it is the spacious and open South Downs with which the county is most closely associated.

In terms of walking, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Studying the map reveals a multitude of routes – many of them to be found within the boundaries of the South Downs National Park – and an assortment of scenic long-distance trails leading towards distant horizons; all of them offer a perfect way to get to the heart of ‘Sussex by the sea,’ as it has long been known. If you enjoy cycling with the salty tang of the sea for company, try the ride between Chichester and West Wittering. You can vary the return journey by taking the Itchenor ferry to Bosham. 

West Sussex is renowned for its many pretty towns, of course. Notably, there is Arundel, littered with period buildings and dominated by the castle, the family home of the Duke of Norfolk, that dates back nearly 1,000 years.

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