This really has been a lovely place for my wife and I to visit on a number of occasions to date. The grounds are indeed lovely.Having said that the hot food meals are very over-priced in my opinion. Also, when they introduce the outrageous £10 car parking charge (even for National Trust Members) as they are planning to this this April (2014),
see .... http://www.kew.org/news/wakehurst-parking-charges.htm
then we will stop going, as will a huge number of others who have visited time and time again and spent money in the restaurant and shop.
Can't believe some of the other comments about not feeling in a proper garden - more a museum for plants. Don't know what bit you visited but you could not be more wrong!
The Price walled garden was magnificent (and relaxing), not to mention the array of Rhododendrons throughout the garden and park. A magnificent location to spend a few hours strolling through gardens and woodlands. Just remember that your lovely walk downhill must be reversed. At the top of the hill there is a sign indicating "no wheel-chairs." Just imagine it, when you are looking down the hill???
Where were the rides, the fairground, the shopping mall?
I'm sorry to say I disagree with Pete! Wakehurst is magnificent - it has so much on offer! Hundreds of acres of trees, plants and of course, the Millenium Seed Bank, which has to be applauded if we are going to preserve the plants we have in the future.
Another major plus for Wakehurst is that you can visit at any time of year and find something of interest here.
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