RHS Wisley – a Surrey garden for all seasons

rhswisleyStretching over 240 acres, Wisley is the flagship of the Royal Horticultural Society, demonstrating the best in gardening practices.

For many, the beauty and tranquility of the garden captures the imagination, with its richly planted borders, luscious rose gardens and the exotica of the glasshouses.

Wisley is also a leading experimental garden however where many cultivation techniques are tried and tested.
Highlights include:

  • The magnificent Rock Garden, rock pools and Alpine Houses
  • The glories of the mixed borders and Rose Garden
  • The 16-acre fruit field containing over 700 apple cultivars
  • Model gardens showing plans that you can achieve
  • An array of glasshouses for year-round interest
  • Spring colour in the Alpine Meadow and Rock Garden
  • High summer colour in the mixed borders and rose gardens
  • Famous rhododendron, azalea and heather collections
  • A Wild Garden, a Pinetum and an Arboretum
  • Fruit, Vegetable and Herb gardens
  • Flower and vegetable trials conducted to compare the quality, performance and garden value of a wide variety of plants

Throughout the year Wisley has a wide variety of different events taking place. With stunning and facinating orchids in the Glasshouse in Spring time to the ever popular August Flower Show and the very much enjoyed A Taste of Autumn, everyone can come and enjoy an event at Wisley.

For children this year there are various activities taking place throughout August. For more event information please see the website.

Things to do all year round
The garden looks amazing during the summer and whether you want a quiet stroll or an energetic exploration, Wisley has lots to offer.

Family trails

  • All year round, don’t forget to pick up a family trail at the Garden Entrance.
  • Each trail gives children things to spot, ideas of great places to explore and fun things to do in the garden.

During your visit, why not…

  • Find a stick and use it to spear a selection of beautifully coloured leaves and petals to remind you of your visit. Remember only to take leaves and petals that have fallen from the plant.
  • Would-be jungle explorers can venture into the Tropical Zone of the Glasshouse, or why not collect different pinecones in the Arboretum and Pinetum? Who in your group can find the biggest pinecone?

Opening Times
Open all year except Christmas Day.

March to October
Monday to Friday: 10am – 6pm
Saturday and Sunday: 9am – 6pm

November – February:
Monday to Friday: 10am – 4.30pm
Saturday and Sunday: 9am – 4.30pm

The garden opens at 9am on Bank Holidays.
Last admission is one hour before closing.

The Glasshouse
For the winter period, The Glasshouse is open from 10am until 3.45pm daily, with last admission at 3.30pm.

Where do we go?
RHS Garden Wisley
GU23 6QB


What are the visiting times?
Monday to Friday: 10am – 6pm
Saturday and Sunday: 9am – 6pm

The garden opens at 9am on Bank Holidays.
Last admission is one hour before closing.

How do we get there?

By road
The garden lies between Cobham and Ripley in Surrey, off the main London to Portsmouth road (A3) south of Junction 10 of the M25.
Follow the brown tourist flower signs on the A3 and M25 to RHS Garden.
Car parking is free.

By bus
515 Kingston to Guildford via Surbiton and Wisley.  For details call National Traveline on 0870 608 2608.

By rail
Closest stations are West Byfleet (3 miles) or Woking (4 miles)

How much does it cost?
RHS members: FREE
Adults: £8.50
Children (6 to 16 years): £2
Under 6 years: FREE

What are the facilities?
Seasonal menus in the café and restaurant will further add to the tasty highlights on offer over the weekend. There is a wide range of refreshment facilities at Wisley – the Conservatory Café, Terrace Restaurant, Coffee Shop, Orchard Café and the new Glasshouse Café.

The Wisley Shop has much to offer every shopper with a wide selection of inspirational gift items to suit all tastes, as well as a comprehensive collection of gardening books.

A new ‘Recycled Tools for Schools Scheme’ at the Plant Centre will also invite visitors to donate old garden tools that can be revamped and repaired for school children. In return, visitors who donate will receive a discount voucher to redeem against new tools purchased from the Plant Centre.

How do I find out more?