Emmetts Garden – National Trust
near Sevenoaks, Kent
Average time spent – 2-3+ hours.
Things to do at Emmetts Garden review
Nestled in Ide Hill, near Sevenoaks Emmetts gardens is a very popular destination for families. There is a lot of parking however it is always worth checking social media to check the car park hasn’t been closed during busy periods. There is a steep climb from the car park to the gardens but there is a shuttle bus to take those less able up to the top. Here there is a large field where you can find deckchairs and a lot of people picnic and take field games to play.
The house is not accessible to the public but there is plenty to see and do in the gardens. Being one of the highest spots in Kent you get panoramic views over the Weald. There are different gardens to explore including walled gardens, rose gardens and ponds with plenty of wildlife which are sure to entertain bug hunters.
The setting is vast and woody with a fantastic natural playground, my children are particularly fond of the teepee complete with dressing up box. They can happily explore the woods and make friends with other children, play in the dens and so on while you perch on a log taking in the views and the fresh air. During school holidays there is usually something extra to keep the children amused like a nature trail with a small prize at the end.
Emmetts is particularly stunning during bluebell season where they carpet the woods – it is worth knowing that to get close to the bluebells it is via steps so you may require help with a pushchair. The scent alone is worth it.
There is the obligatory National Trust shop on site selling plants as well as other souvenirs
Eating – The cafe is situated in the old stables, there is plenty of seating both inside and out and the cakes are fabulous – I am particularly keen on a cream tea myself! As with most National Trust properties they offer hot and cold light lunches, sandwiches and so on.
Facilities in brief – Different gardens to explore including walled gardens, rose gardens and ponds with plenty of wildlife. Natural playground including a teepee and dressing up box, school holiday activities. There are toilets, a shop and a cafe.
Entry price – *Mid-range. Free for National Trust members
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *An adult standard ticket is £11.00 and a child is £5.50. Under 5’s are free and it is around £1-2 each cheaper to visit in the winter.
Opening: Emmetts Garden is open for most of the year with just a few days of closure in December. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.
Address: Ide Hill, Sevenoaks TN14 6BA, Kent, England. Phone: 01732 868381
Category – Great outdoors – suitable for all ages.
Written by Erica, writer at www.christmasmagicandmarkets.co.uk
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