Ardingly Travel Guide

  • The Elizabethan Mansion at Wakehurst Place
    The Elizabethan Mansion at Wakehurst...
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  • The Millenium Seed Bank at Wakehurst Place
    The Millenium Seed Bank at Wakehurst...
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  • The Millenium Seed Bank at Wakehurst Place
    The Millenium Seed Bank at Wakehurst...
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Ardingly Things to Do

  • Wakehurst Place & Millenium Seed Bank

    The star attraction in the pretty Sussex village of Ardingly is undoubtedly Wakehurst place. This place is owned by the National Trust (so NT members get in for free) but run by Kew Gardens in London and so it acts as Kew's country estate. It's a vast place and the key attractions are the gardens. Everyone will probably find their own favourite...

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  • Wakehurst Place

    Wonderful gardens to stroll around - with the added information in the Seed Bank make this a "different" garden to visit. The house is not really geared for visiting, but the carved wooden stairs in the Entry Hall are definitely worth a peak.

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Ardingly Transportation

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    by zadunajska8 Written Mar 26, 2012

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    You can reach Ardingly and Wakehurst Place by bus from Haywards Heath railway station (which is on the London to Brighton mainline and also has direct trains to the East and West Sussex coasts) on the Southern rail network.

    Monday to Saturday bus route 82 run by Metrobus takes about 15 minutes from Perrymount Road (along the Eastern side of the train station) and operates once every 2 hours. The bus drops you in the car park outside the entrance to Wakehurst Place after passing through Ardingly village.

    On Sundays there is a fairly new service operating much the same route (and using the same stops in Haywards Heath and Ardingly/Wakehurst Place) which is numbered route 42 and run by Countryliner Coaches. in March 2012 a return ticket from Haywards Heath to Wakehurst on this route cost £4.20 per adult. The vehicles are a bit aged and slightly what I would call "bone-shakers"!

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  • Medieval Yew Tree at Wakehurst Place

    Near the Mansion House and Mansion pond at Wakehurst Place stands a Yew Tree. This isn't just any Yew Tree, it's an ancient one. It has been dated back to 1391, just a few years after the Black Death would have ravaged this part of the world. It's strange to think that this tree has been standing here since that very distant time.

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  • Himalayan Glade at Wakehurst Place

    The Himalayan Glade at Wakehurst Place is in my opinion one of the most beautiful parts of the gardens. Set on the eastern side of the Westwood Valley in a steep cleft the area is filled with fragrant and colourful asiatic plants beside a small stream which trickles past. There is a viewing area high up above the stream which gives some wonderfully...

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  • Sculptures in the Garden at Wakehurst...

    Dotted around the Gardens at Wakehurst Place are a number of sculptures. Some are like totem poles (in the area of Horsebridge Wood with all the North American trees naturally) and others are more random and strange. All are interesting or at least original.

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