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Disability and access guide for Wakehurst

We aim to ensure all our visitors have a great experience. If you encounter any problems, please ask a member of the Wakehurst staff, who will be happy to help.

The gardens are large with many gravel and hard surface paths. A sizeable area of the ornamental plantings, lawns and water features around the Mansion is level and accessible via a hard surface path from the Visitor Centre. The remaining garden and woodland areas have steep slopes and steps. A seasonal newsletter including a map is offered free to all visitors and includes an indication of areas suitable for wheelchair users.

Download the Wakehurst Visitor Map, which illustrates the different types of path around the site.


A number of parking spaces for cars displaying a disabled badge are available adjacent to the Visitor Centre.

Wheelchairs / mobility scooters

There are a number of manual wheelchairs available for use by visitors, subject to availability. There is no need to book in advance. Please ask on arrival at the entrance.

In addition there are two mobility scooters available that must be pre-booked, giving at least 24 hours' notice. A short instruction session must be undertaken. To book please call 01444 894070 during office hours.

Toilet facilities

Adapted toilets (unisex) are available in the Visitor Centre, by the restaurant, beyond the Walled Garden, and in the exhibition room of the Wellcome Trust Millennium Building.

Wellcome Trust Millennium Building

There is access to the interactive exhibition.

Visitor Centre

This area is a combined shop, plant sales and Seed Café and is on one level. There is direct access to the gardens.


The Stables (counter-service) provides a selection of hot and cold meals, with indoor and outdoor seating, and has easy access with ramps.

The Seed Café with indoor and outdoor seating has a selection of light snacks.