LO and I visited Wisley (one of the Royal Horticultural Society gardens) recently with a friend. It wasn’t our first visit, but it was our first with a toddler!
It’s a brilliant place to take a toddler. There is a huge amount of space for galloping around.
There is a playground for slightly older children, plus an indoor soft play for pre-schoolers at the Glasshouse Cafe. We didn’t actually use either of those though as there were so many things to see.
There are steep paths to climb and rough ground to scramble over. Whilst there are steps there are clearly marked accessible paths which are totally fine for a none-off-road pushchair.
The rose garden was so heavy with scent it almost felt visible! We had fun smelling different flowers.
In the soft fruit fields there was a strawberry tasting event taking place. LO loved tasting different varieties of strawberry, including a white one, although she seemed equally keen on all of them!
There are good children’s facilities, including several baby changes, all clearly signposted. The Glasshouse Cafe has children’s lunch boxes which LO loved.
Thought it might be fun to share some of the days out we’ve enjoyed with LO on here in case others are looking for inspiration. We’ve enjoyed a few days out to The Savill Garden, after we received a year’s membership as a Christmas present. The membership covers the cost of car parking and also admission to the garden, which means we get access to walks in Windsor Great Park too, where there is a playground and acres and acres of space to roam in.
In the garden itself there is plenty to see. LO likes standing on the bridges over the little streams (there is a small lake as well), looking at the huge fish and the ducks and geese.
We concentrated on the Spring Wood this time, for obvious reasons! The Magnolias were just coming into flower. LO liked running around on the grass underneath.
Plenty of space to gallop in whilst the adults admire the gardens
The spring colours were amazing
Plenty of paths to explore if you’re an Intrepid Explorer
On a more practical note:
The Garden is accessible, so there are plenty of paths you can get a pushchair down, even a non-off-road one like mine. There is a good baby change in the main building, and it’s in the accessible toilet, rather than the ladies(!). There are plenty of high chairs available in the restaurant in the main building, and a nice range of children’s food on offer.