RHS Garden Wisley
RHS Garden Wisley
4.5
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
RHS Garden Wisley is the flagship garden of the RHS and home to some of the largest plant collections anywhere in the world. Planting schemes are continuously evolving, with something to inspire visitors on every visit. Key highlights throughout the seasons include the Rock Garden, Bowes-Lyon Rose Garden, Mixed Borders, Seven Acres, and the tropical-inspired Exotic Garden. Seasonal must-sees include a carpet of crocus in spring, blooming rose collection in summer, magnificent autumn colour and a crisp Winter Walk. In June 2021, RHS Hilltop - The Home of Gardening Science opened at RHS Garden Wisley. Head here to explore an impressive exhibition space and three beautiful gardens.
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  • Jeremy314
    London, United Kingdom198 contributions
    It's Winter BUT Wow, Wow and Wow at RHS Wisley
    RHS Wisley is going from strength to strength and despite the fact that winter is still around the gardens were in excellent order. That's expected to a certain degree but I think we noticed a great deal more interaction with the gardening team as well as a great Winter Walk, which shows and clarifies how certain plants appear, what one could do with these at home and one hopes this could be continued in other seasons as well. Best of all though was the Giant Houseplant Takeover in the Glasshouse. There are queuing ropes outside so it would seem it could get busy and it appears timed tickets (not extra in terms of price?) would be wise to ask for. Wisley's team has done a fantastic job with a variety of indoor plants, placing them in the semi-surreal surroundings of a Victorian household. The displays are magnificent, with additonal arrangements throughout the various sections. This continues until March 1st so highly recommended to be seen.
    Visited February 2020
    Written February 1, 2020
  • beasles
    Sandhurst, United Kingdom230 contributions
    Wonderful
    Lets deal with the bit that stops the Excellent rating. The Cafe. Sorry but we were there this Wednesday and in the cafe at 14:30, one piece of rock cake, a dry scone, vastly overpriced cakes and couldn't care less service. Now that's out of the way let's concentrate on the main event. As a total amateur gardener this is a fabulous place to visit, probably even more so as they suffer the same problems as my garden this time of year. We walked all through the gardens and came away with many ideas and inspiration. I look forward to being a regular visitor.
    Visited January 2020
    Written January 16, 2020
  • miss amethyst
    Aylesbury, United Kingdom766 contributions
    Rainy day out 15/08
    Shame the summer weather had turned miserable, as I would have loved to have seen RHS Wisley in the glorious sunshine, especially as I'm a keen nature photographer. My mum & I enjoyed walking around for 5hrs though, lots of lovely different flowers, plants & interesting sculptures to see. Particularly loved the 'wisteria walk' archway, with the colourful gladioli inside, leaning towards you, and the pretty dedicated Hybiscus area - so many different types! There were also lots of nice secret garden areas. Didn't particularly like the Philip Haas giant season sculptures..bit creepy! The cafe prices for food & drink were too expensive - £6 for a small smoked salmon sandwich and £3 for a can of coca cola! No staff around enforcing any social distancing measures, therefore people just ignored the printed signs. Will visit again next year for sure though, hopefully on a sunnier day. :)
    Visited August 2020
    Traveled with friends
    Written August 19, 2020
  • DJS377
    Woking, United Kingdom113 contributions
    Not a good day
    We usually enjoy visiting Wisley but our visit this week was not good. Given the gardens are rather sparse at this time of year it would be good if there was a reduced entrance fee for January when there's not much happening and not much to see. On the day we went the Glasshouse was closed - getting ready for an exhibition. It would have been good if people were warned about this at the garden entrance before paying the entrance fee because in January this is one of the few main attractions. We went for lunch at the cafe near the entrance. It was a cold day so we chose soup. Although it was only 12.45 - no soup: please wait 15 mins. Running out of soup before 13.00 on a cold January day! We therefore went to the other main restaurant - a line of over 20 people waiting for soup. Wisley's catering used to be good but the current operator appears to be hopeless. We went to have lunch in Ripley.
    Dear DJS377, Thank you for providing feedback following your recent visit to RHS Garden Wisley. We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy this visit as much as on previous occasions. To provide seasonal interest during the colder months, our team curated the Winter Walk which showcases a variety of colour, shape and scent from December through to March. Right now, irises, hellebores, dogwoods and daphnes are putting on a good show. In preparation for our winter event in the Glasshouse, the temperate zone was closed to allow the team to set up The Giant Houseplant Takeover, so we are sorry you did not get to view this area. The dry temperate and tropical zones remained opened for visitors to explore. Our Visitor Services team had a sign at the entrance regarding the partial closure, so we are sorry if you did not see this on arrival. The Giant Houseplant Takeover is now open and features quirky displays of houseplants in a Victorian house setting. It is on until 1 March 2020 if you would like to see this. We are disappointed to hear about your experience in the catering outlets and have passed your feedback on to the catering management, who will now look into the issues you raised. We do hope that you will enjoy your next visit to Wisley and to this end hope to welcome you again soon. Kind regards, RHS Garden Wisley
    Written February 5, 2020
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2020
    Written January 31, 2020
  • zippyfan
    London, United Kingdom437 contributions
    Time to Glow home!
    I booked the evening Glow event because it sounded like a great outdoor activity and a nice way to welcome in the New Year. RHS Wisley and the staff team should be congratulated on running a superb event. It is beautifully put together and all the measures they have put in place are designed to keep people safe. However, the ticketing of this event has ensured maximum revenue over appropriate visitor numbers. This means that the event is far too busy for Tier 4 restrictions. Social distancing goes out of the window for many visitors who congregate in various parts of the trail despite signage warning against doing so. The 7pm slot was supposed to be quieter but there were frequently points where queues built up. I wore a mask for the entire visit. Given the high infection rate and presence within tier 4, this event should have been cancelled - because there were too many visitors, a great number of whom behaved inconsiderately by not observing guidelines and social distancing. I left feeling quite sad because people have the capacity to be so much better but they choose to be selfish and thoughtless.
    Visited December 2020
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 31, 2020
  • plantsman8
    82 contributions
    Crowded, noisy and very expensive
    If you were an RHS member and you visited Wisley through the seasons it could be worthwhile. If you are a non member just making a day visit you may find it an expensive experience. The food in the main cafe is above average but does not justify the high prices charged. Having to book a time to visit does not appear to have reduced visitor numbers. Just at the moment you will find the place very busy. Social distancing is patchy and not being observed in the main greenhouse particularly by mothers with push chairs. The garden contains a wonderful collection of plants but the number of visitors the road noise and the stress of access in a busy area can spoil the visit experience. The new plant centre is large with a good selection of reasonably priced plants some which might only be available from specialists. The seed selection is exceptional. The staff are polite and the place is well run. If you want tranquillity away from the herd you may not find it at Wisley.
    Dear plantsman8, Thank you for getting in touch and taking the time to provide this feedback. We’re sorry to hear that you did not find your visit a tranquil experience and wanted to address your concerns. Regarding your feedback on the catering prices, Taste of Wisley has a variety of food for sale to cater for different budgets in the various outlets throughout the garden. Nearly all of our food is made in house on the premises daily, using fresh ingredients from the garden where possible. Taste of Wisley reviews the pricing structure regularly with comparable gardens, other visitor attractions, and feedback from valued customers. A percentage of the sale price aids the RHS in its charitable works, research and the up keep and development of our gardens. We’re sorry to hear your concerns regarding being busy and wanted to reassure you that we have designed the arrival experience very carefully, ensuring social distancing measures are in place, avoiding clusters or congestion, and never exceeding the capacities which are appropriate for our site of 200 acres. However, whilst this entrance management process does sometimes back up the queues, we are always reviewing the process in order to manage it in a socially distanced way. Recently, we have spaced out the time slots and this has given us more flexibility. Additionally, we have shared your feedback with the team regarding the Glasshouse. We have a one-way system in place inside as well as signage reminding visitors to follow the social distancing measures in place. We are sorry that this caused you concern on your visit but are very grateful for you taking this time to feedback to us. We would like to thank you for your support and hope that you will continue to visit RHS Garden Wisley as well as the Plant Centre again. Kind regards, RHS Garden Wisley
    Written September 23, 2020
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited September 2020
    Written September 9, 2020
  • Gareth Michael
    Guildford, United Kingdom128 contributions
    Second Visit, a few criticisms but overall it is worth a visit.
    We visited Glow in 2019 and it was a lovely evening and a wonderful display of lights. As such we decided to book for early 2022 as it was fully booked for the end of 2021. We managed to get a late booking which was fine, however staff failed to tell us on arrival that they would be starting to cordon off areas from 8pm, half hour after we arrived. After waiting at the Cafe where they had plenty of staff around, but most were engaged in personal conversations and did not realise the one till they had open was forming a large queue. I paid for a grossly overpriced sandwich and eventually managed to get to walking around the park where we enjoyed a walk around and got to see the new displays that were on this year, the light and sound display was particularly good and the glasshouse is always a must see. They also had a tunnel of lights which many people were taking as a great photo opportunity. A shame that some of the other guests there were particularly rude and even one family refusing to take a photo of us which seemed extremely bizarre as helping to take photos of each other seems to go hand in hand with the family experience of the event.
    Hello garethmichael, Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to hear you had a great day, however, were sorry to learn of your experience or our cafe. We endeavour to provide every customer with a good experience and all staff are engaged in maintaining the high standards we expect; these are constantly under review and please be assured that your comments will be accordingly carefully considered. Regarding the route being cordoned off at 8pm, we are sorry that you were not notified properly of this closure. We will take on your feedback and ensure that we make last entry timings clearer for future events. We are very glad that you enjoyed the Glow display and hope to welcome you back again to the garden soon. Kind regards, RHS Wisley Catering Manager and RHS Wisley Events Manager
    Written January 7, 2022
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited January 2022
    Written January 5, 2022
  • Angela S
    Basingstoke, United Kingdom67 contributions
    Awful, overpriced and a total waste of money
    We had been looking for something a little different to do this Christmas that was outdoors and safe and Glow at RHS Wisley seemed perfect so we booked for myself, my husband and my 24 year old son (who has autism and loves lights). On the way there, we stopped to look at a local house who has lots of Christmas lights up and collects for charity - to be honest, we would have been better off staying there for an hour and giving the money we spent on our entry to him. Our trip wasn't helped by the fact that we turned up during an awful rain storm and got royally soaked, but once it stopped, we were wet but fine. I wish having been now that we had turned around and gone home. No festive feel at all, a bit of classical music and a few lights in trees and across a pond. There was a nice Christmas tree but you couldn't see it as people were crowding around it to take photos, the directional signs were close to useless as it was too dark to see them and the best bit of the whole event was a tunnel of fairy lights about 50m long that you could walk through half of (again if you could make it through without people stopping in front of you to take photos). Due to the Covid restrictions the indoor cafes and restaurants were closed, which is totally understandable and there were a few takeaway outlets dotted around the park. However, having stopped to buy a sausage (yes just one) sliced in half in a bap, priced at £5.25, we thought the food grossly overpriced - I am amazed at their audacity in charging that much for what we got. We ended up spending including entrance and food , almost £70, add that to the petrol it would have cost for an 80 mile round trip and you can perhaps understand why I feel royally ripped off!. Won't be going back and the best thing they could do is shut down due to Covid, refund everyone their money and save others being as disappointed as we were. Fortunately we were out of there within an hour and stopped for food on the way home.
    Visited December 2020
    Written December 20, 2020
  • mrsbsouthend
    Rayleigh, United Kingdom779 contributions
    A really wonderful garden
    Living in Essex and having an RHS membership I decided to make the journey around the M25 to check out Wisley. It really did blow me away. Very well organised as you arrive with stewards directing the car parking. A short walk to the entrance where again people are directed swiftly to tills. they are asking for people to wear their masks indoors and everyone is still complying with this, mostly of out respect for the lovely staff who are seeing loads of people pass their way. Toilets are dotted about the site, disabled and baby changing facilities included. There were several places to eat from restaurants to a little van where you could get an ice cream or a cup of tea. It is a really great place for accessibility - clearly marked on their maps and on signage. I would say it is hilly and some sections such as the rock garden would be difficult to access if disabled or having a pram to push. The layout of the garden meant you felt like you visited ten gardens in one day. I can't tell you my favourite, they were all absolutely stunning. There were fountains and waterfalls in all sections, plus copious benches so that you can sit and listen to the water and admire the plants. We took a picnic and ate it in the vegetable garden. Rest assured there are places undercover to escape heat or rain - benches inside the green house, undercover awning near the alpine garden, plus open shed like structures in the pinetum and by the orchard too. We spent about three and a half hours there and wanted to do more but torrential rain and thunder scuppered our plans. The shop alone is worth about another half hour, my daughter spent quite a while looking at the huge selection of gardening books! I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it, I'd imagine every season is a joy in different parts of the garden.
    Visited July 2021
    Written July 25, 2021
  • lloydy2001
    Wokingham, United Kingdom126 contributions
    Wonderful gardens but appalling cafe
    RHS Wisley is always a wonderful place to go. Beautiful gardens and plants and the place has a good feel about it. We have visited on a number of occasions. It is big enough without being too big and with our children being 9 and 6 we didn't want to have to walk miles and miles. But I feel compelled to write this review because of the terrible and awful organisation of the cafe we visited to get lunch. )It is listed as cafe 4 on the map and is at the top of the hill where the learning centre is). As a result, it made what was a very enjoyable visit, a pretty disappointing visit - it was that bad. We started queuing at 12.50 to get a couple of sandwiches and drinks to complement a picnic we took with us. The queue was out the door and running back along the little stream / water feature. But I stupidly made an assumption that lunchtime rushes were well organised (there are a lot of people who visit here every day!) and it would clear through pretty quickly. Wrong! Finally managed to make it to the section just before the tills where you can pick up some sandwiches salads and drinks at 12.30. Sadly they had run out of all normal sandwiches and were only left with a few salads and ham and cheese toasties. Judging by the fact nothing was being replenished, with the exception of the cheese and ham toasties, it seems the staff / management had not ordered anywhere close to enough food to cater for lunchtime. Another 5 minutes and I got to the till, where I was informed by one of the teenagers working there, that there was only 1 toasting machine (it wasn't a machine but seemed to be more of a microwave oven - certainly not the traditional hot plate machines which toast and melt the sandwich) and there was a big queue of toasties waiting to be done. So we had another 10 minute wait! By this time there were at least 4 other groups of people stood around in exactly the same boat as me and all complaining about how poor it was that it should take nearly an hour to buy some sandwiches. When the heated sandwich finally made an appearance the person serving had also manage to forget the coffee I had ordered so we had another wait for that to be done. Absolutely nothing against the young people who were basically running the cafe (I think they were doing their best and even detected some of them were clearly embarrassed about the situation), but you cannot expect a group of young people to be running a cafe which is that busy! The lady manager didn't seem to be doing much managing at all given the clearly massive queue and the groups of clearly unhappy customers. She was refilling toasted sandwiches and the occasional salad back into the fridge selection area. But not supporting and cajoling her staff. It was exceptionally poor and put a very big black mark against our visit - which was a real shame. I sincerely hope they sort themselves out and get some proper direction within the cafe.
    Dear lloydy2001, We are very sorry that you had a poor experience when you visited on Sunday, please bear with us and we will investigate what went wrong. Please email wisley@rhs.org.uk and we will come back to you on this. Kind regards, Catering Manager
    Written September 10, 2021
    This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
    Visited August 2021
    Written September 6, 2021
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DJS377
Woking, UK113 contributions
Jan 2020
We usually enjoy visiting Wisley but our visit this week was not good. Given the gardens are rather sparse at this time of year it would be good if there was a reduced entrance fee for January when there's not much happening and not much to see. On the day we went the Glasshouse was closed - getting ready for an exhibition. It would have been good if people were warned about this at the garden entrance before paying the entrance fee because in January this is one of the few main attractions. We went for lunch at the cafe near the entrance. It was a cold day so we chose soup. Although it was only 12.45 - no soup: please wait 15 mins. Running out of soup before 13.00 on a cold January day! We therefore went to the other main restaurant - a line of over 20 people waiting for soup. Wisley's catering used to be good but the current operator appears to be hopeless. We went to have lunch in Ripley.
Written January 31, 2020
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Dear DJS377, Thank you for providing feedback following your recent visit to RHS Garden Wisley. We are sorry to hear that you did not enjoy this visit as much as on previous occasions. To provide seasonal interest during the colder months, our team curated the Winter Walk which showcases a variety of colour, shape and scent from December through to March. Right now, irises, hellebores, dogwoods and daphnes are putting on a good show. In preparation for our winter event in the Glasshouse, the temperate zone was closed to allow the team to set up The Giant Houseplant Takeover, so we are sorry you did not get to view this area. The dry temperate and tropical zones remained opened for visitors to explore. Our Visitor Services team had a sign at the entrance regarding the partial closure, so we are sorry if you did not see this on arrival. The Giant Houseplant Takeover is now open and features quirky displays of houseplants in a Victorian house setting. It is on until 1 March 2020 if you would like to see this. We are disappointed to hear about your experience in the catering outlets and have passed your feedback on to the catering management, who will now look into the issues you raised. We do hope that you will enjoy your next visit to Wisley and to this end hope to welcome you again soon. Kind regards, RHS Garden Wisley
Written February 5, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

zippyfan
London, UK437 contributions
Dec 2020 • Couples
I booked the evening Glow event because it sounded like a great outdoor activity and a nice way to welcome in the New Year.

RHS Wisley and the staff team should be congratulated on running a superb event. It is beautifully put together and all the measures they have put in place are designed to keep people safe. However, the ticketing of this event has ensured maximum revenue over appropriate visitor numbers. This means that the event is far too busy for Tier 4 restrictions.

Social distancing goes out of the window for many visitors who congregate in various parts of the trail despite signage warning against doing so. The 7pm slot was supposed to be quieter but there were frequently points where queues built up.

I wore a mask for the entire visit. Given the high infection rate and presence within tier 4, this event should have been cancelled - because there were too many visitors, a great number of whom behaved inconsiderately by not observing guidelines and social distancing. I left feeling quite sad because people have the capacity to be so much better but they choose to be selfish and thoughtless.
Written January 1, 2021
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plantsman8
Hassocks82 contributions
Sep 2020
If you were an RHS member and you visited Wisley through the seasons it could be worthwhile. If you are a non member just making a day visit you may find it an expensive experience.

The food in the main cafe is above average but does not justify the high prices charged.

Having to book a time to visit does not appear to have reduced visitor numbers. Just at the moment you will find the place very busy. Social distancing is patchy and not being observed in the main greenhouse particularly by mothers with push chairs.

The garden contains a wonderful collection of plants but the number of visitors the road noise and the stress of access in a busy area can spoil the visit experience.

The new plant centre is large with a good selection of reasonably priced plants some which might only be available from specialists. The seed selection is exceptional.

The staff are polite and the place is well run. If you want tranquillity away from the herd you may not find it at Wisley.
Written September 9, 2020
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Dear plantsman8, Thank you for getting in touch and taking the time to provide this feedback. We’re sorry to hear that you did not find your visit a tranquil experience and wanted to address your concerns. Regarding your feedback on the catering prices, Taste of Wisley has a variety of food for sale to cater for different budgets in the various outlets throughout the garden. Nearly all of our food is made in house on the premises daily, using fresh ingredients from the garden where possible. Taste of Wisley reviews the pricing structure regularly with comparable gardens, other visitor attractions, and feedback from valued customers. A percentage of the sale price aids the RHS in its charitable works, research and the up keep and development of our gardens. We’re sorry to hear your concerns regarding being busy and wanted to reassure you that we have designed the arrival experience very carefully, ensuring social distancing measures are in place, avoiding clusters or congestion, and never exceeding the capacities which are appropriate for our site of 200 acres. However, whilst this entrance management process does sometimes back up the queues, we are always reviewing the process in order to manage it in a socially distanced way. Recently, we have spaced out the time slots and this has given us more flexibility. Additionally, we have shared your feedback with the team regarding the Glasshouse. We have a one-way system in place inside as well as signage reminding visitors to follow the social distancing measures in place. We are sorry that this caused you concern on your visit but are very grateful for you taking this time to feedback to us. We would like to thank you for your support and hope that you will continue to visit RHS Garden Wisley as well as the Plant Centre again. Kind regards, RHS Garden Wisley
Written September 23, 2020
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Gareth Michael
Guildford, UK128 contributions
Jan 2022
We visited Glow in 2019 and it was a lovely evening and a wonderful display of lights. As such we decided to book for early 2022 as it was fully booked for the end of 2021. We managed to get a late booking which was fine, however staff failed to tell us on arrival that they would be starting to cordon off areas from 8pm, half hour after we arrived.
After waiting at the Cafe where they had plenty of staff around, but most were engaged in personal conversations and did not realise the one till they had open was forming a large queue. I paid for a grossly overpriced sandwich and eventually managed to get to walking around the park where we enjoyed a walk around and got to see the new displays that were on this year, the light and sound display was particularly good and the glasshouse is always a must see. They also had a tunnel of lights which many people were taking as a great photo opportunity. A shame that some of the other guests there were particularly rude and even one family refusing to take a photo of us which seemed extremely bizarre as helping to take photos of each other seems to go hand in hand with the family experience of the event.
Written January 5, 2022
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Hello garethmichael, Thank you for your feedback. We are glad to hear you had a great day, however, were sorry to learn of your experience or our cafe. We endeavour to provide every customer with a good experience and all staff are engaged in maintaining the high standards we expect; these are constantly under review and please be assured that your comments will be accordingly carefully considered. Regarding the route being cordoned off at 8pm, we are sorry that you were not notified properly of this closure. We will take on your feedback and ensure that we make last entry timings clearer for future events. We are very glad that you enjoyed the Glow display and hope to welcome you back again to the garden soon. Kind regards, RHS Wisley Catering Manager and RHS Wisley Events Manager
Written January 7, 2022
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Angela S
Basingstoke, UK67 contributions
Dec 2020
We had been looking for something a little different to do this Christmas that was outdoors and safe and Glow at RHS Wisley seemed perfect so we booked for myself, my husband and my 24 year old son (who has autism and loves lights). On the way there, we stopped to look at a local house who has lots of Christmas lights up and collects for charity - to be honest, we would have been better off staying there for an hour and giving the money we spent on our entry to him.

Our trip wasn't helped by the fact that we turned up during an awful rain storm and got royally soaked, but once it stopped, we were wet but fine. I wish having been now that we had turned around and gone home. No festive feel at all, a bit of classical music and a few lights in trees and across a pond. There was a nice Christmas tree but you couldn't see it as people were crowding around it to take photos, the directional signs were close to useless as it was too dark to see them and the best bit of the whole event was a tunnel of fairy lights about 50m long that you could walk through half of (again if you could make it through without people stopping in front of you to take photos). Due to the Covid restrictions the indoor cafes and restaurants were closed, which is totally understandable and there were a few takeaway outlets dotted around the park. However, having stopped to buy a sausage (yes just one) sliced in half in a bap, priced at £5.25, we thought the food grossly overpriced - I am amazed at their audacity in charging that much for what we got. We ended up spending including entrance and food , almost £70, add that to the petrol it would have cost for an 80 mile round trip and you can perhaps understand why I feel royally ripped off!.

Won't be going back and the best thing they could do is shut down due to Covid, refund everyone their money and save others being as disappointed as we were. Fortunately we were out of there within an hour and stopped for food on the way home.
Written December 20, 2020
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mrsbsouthend
Rayleigh, UK779 contributions
Jul 2021
Living in Essex and having an RHS membership I decided to make the journey around the M25 to check out Wisley. It really did blow me away. Very well organised as you arrive with stewards directing the car parking. A short walk to the entrance where again people are directed swiftly to tills. they are asking for people to wear their masks indoors and everyone is still complying with this, mostly of out respect for the lovely staff who are seeing loads of people pass their way.

Toilets are dotted about the site, disabled and baby changing facilities included. There were several places to eat from restaurants to a little van where you could get an ice cream or a cup of tea. It is a really great place for accessibility - clearly marked on their maps and on signage. I would say it is hilly and some sections such as the rock garden would be difficult to access if disabled or having a pram to push.

The layout of the garden meant you felt like you visited ten gardens in one day. I can't tell you my favourite, they were all absolutely stunning. There were fountains and waterfalls in all sections, plus copious benches so that you can sit and listen to the water and admire the plants. We took a picnic and ate it in the vegetable garden. Rest assured there are places undercover to escape heat or rain - benches inside the green house, undercover awning near the alpine garden, plus open shed like structures in the pinetum and by the orchard too.

We spent about three and a half hours there and wanted to do more but torrential rain and thunder scuppered our plans. The shop alone is worth about another half hour, my daughter spent quite a while looking at the huge selection of gardening books!

I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it, I'd imagine every season is a joy in different parts of the garden.
Written July 25, 2021
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lloydy2001
Wokingham, UK126 contributions
Aug 2021
RHS Wisley is always a wonderful place to go. Beautiful gardens and plants and the place has a good feel about it. We have visited on a number of occasions.

It is big enough without being too big and with our children being 9 and 6 we didn't want to have to walk miles and miles.

But I feel compelled to write this review because of the terrible and awful organisation of the cafe we visited to get lunch. )It is listed as cafe 4 on the map and is at the top of the hill where the learning centre is).

As a result, it made what was a very enjoyable visit, a pretty disappointing visit - it was that bad.

We started queuing at 12.50 to get a couple of sandwiches and drinks to complement a picnic we took with us. The queue was out the door and running back along the little stream / water feature.

But I stupidly made an assumption that lunchtime rushes were well organised (there are a lot of people who visit here every day!) and it would clear through pretty quickly. Wrong!

Finally managed to make it to the section just before the tills where you can pick up some sandwiches salads and drinks at 12.30. Sadly they had run out of all normal sandwiches and were only left with a few salads and ham and cheese toasties. Judging by the fact nothing was being replenished, with the exception of the cheese and ham toasties, it seems the staff / management had not ordered anywhere close to enough food to cater for lunchtime.

Another 5 minutes and I got to the till, where I was informed by one of the teenagers working there, that there was only 1 toasting machine (it wasn't a machine but seemed to be more of a microwave oven - certainly not the traditional hot plate machines which toast and melt the sandwich) and there was a big queue of toasties waiting to be done. So we had another 10 minute wait!

By this time there were at least 4 other groups of people stood around in exactly the same boat as me and all complaining about how poor it was that it should take nearly an hour to buy some sandwiches.

When the heated sandwich finally made an appearance the person serving had also manage to forget the coffee I had ordered so we had another wait for that to be done.

Absolutely nothing against the young people who were basically running the cafe (I think they were doing their best and even detected some of them were clearly embarrassed about the situation), but you cannot expect a group of young people to be running a cafe which is that busy!

The lady manager didn't seem to be doing much managing at all given the clearly massive queue and the groups of clearly unhappy customers. She was refilling toasted sandwiches and the occasional salad back into the fridge selection area. But not supporting and cajoling her staff.

It was exceptionally poor and put a very big black mark against our visit - which was a real shame.

I sincerely hope they sort themselves out and get some proper direction within the cafe.
Written September 6, 2021
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Dear lloydy2001, We are very sorry that you had a poor experience when you visited on Sunday, please bear with us and we will investigate what went wrong. Please email wisley@rhs.org.uk and we will come back to you on this. Kind regards, Catering Manager
Written September 10, 2021
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ChrisB090
UK366 contributions
Aug 2020
Booked on line and came here on time. No problem and we started our visit with some very pricey food and coffee. The gardens were amazing and well worth a visit. Loved the vegetable garden and the river walks. Tips for travellers- bring your own food and drinks and forego the ice creams. Catering was very expensive and was more than we had budgeted for using the NT as a guide. The shop and garden centre were also very expensive and I would recommend that if you want any plants go elsewhere. £6 for a small pot plant. Nice trip and we will return to see the garden in the autumn.
Written August 26, 2020
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amy
Woking, UK176 contributions
Sep 2020 • Friends
My parents are members and go all the time and as I finally had a weekend off work I got to go with them and my friend for the first time. Bearing in mind that you have to prebook well in advance on the website I was very surprised with how many people had been let in. Was impossible to social distance in most areas.
I found it very difficult to navigate around the gardens as there were no map leaflets that we could take with us, only a few vague arrow signs around the gardens.
Areas such as the rock gardens and bonsai gardens were lovely but very small; so much of the park is just empty grass areas.
I barely saw any staff members around the gardens, literally only two the whole time we were walking around.
Food is extortionately expensive: around £5 for a sandwich, I think £1.85 for a bottle of water and £2.20 for a can of Coke. We ended up getting sausage baps from the food trucks which were £5 something each, which was the only food I thought was fairly priced.
I will probably return only when there is an event on such as Glow at Christmas time. I think the £15 entry fee is very high for just a standard day at the gardens.
Written September 6, 2020
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Dear amylss, Thank you for getting in touch and taking the time to provide this feedback. We’re sorry to hear that your visit did not meet your expectations on this occasion. We wanted to reassure you that we have designed the arrival experience very carefully, ensuring social distancing measures are in place, avoiding clusters or congestion, and never exceeding the capacities which are appropriate for our site of 200 acres. We continually review this process to ensure that it is managed in a socially distanced way. We have used your feedback to space out the time slots and this has given us more flexibility. Regarding your feedback on the catering prices, Taste of Wisley has a variety of food for sale to cater for different budgets in the various outlets throughout the garden. Nearly all of our food is made in house on the premises daily, using fresh ingredients from the garden where possible. Taste of Wisley reviews the pricing structure regularly with comparable gardens, other visitor attractions, and feedback from valued customers. A percentage of the sale price aids the RHS in its charitable works, research and the up keep and development of our gardens. We would like to thank you for your support and hope that you will continue to visit RHS Garden Wisley. As a charity, this is really important to us. Kind regards, RHS Garden Wisley
Written September 23, 2020
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Liz
4 contributions
Jul 2020
We have been twice since the gardens opened after lockdown. First time was great - gardens looked lovely and were quiet and social distancing was fine and quite possible. However last time it felt that far too many people were being allowed in per hour. At times social distancing was hard. E.g. People were milling around the entrances waiting for others; whilst we were showing our tickets, 2 sets of people left the gardens via the entrance oblivious to the one way system; some parts of the gardens were very busy; it started to rain and there was real bunching as so many people tried to leave the gardens together through a small exit. It's a pity as the National Trust seem to be managing bookings very well and visits there to us feel far more safe and so relaxed.
Written July 28, 2020
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Dear Anne S, Thank you for getting in touch to provide feedback following your recent visit. The safety of our visitors and staff is our number one priority and we have numerous safety measures in place. These include a time slot booking system so that we can limit and manage the number of visitors entering the garden each hour, separate entry and exit points, hand sanitizer at strategic points, and social distancing signage. We monitor these measures regularly and will take your feedback on board. We hope to welcome you to RHS Garden Wisley again soon. Kind regards, RHS Garden Wisley
Written July 31, 2020
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