Of all the places I now go with a buggy in tow, this is my favourite. It's free to get in, I have actually spend an entire day here and then gone back the next day! I'm an amateur artist and I just take my sketch pad and a cushion and get lost in my own little world in various parts of the gardens. My favourite spot is the giant beech hedge - it's like being in Alice in Wonderland. The new entrance and cafe there is brilliant - I wasn't sure of it when I saw the plans before it was built but it really is very beautiful and complimentary architecture with a great shop downstairs so you can spend ages mooching round the shop buying bits and bobs and lovely books too. Amazing what history comes with the Botanics too. Well worth the visit.