Emmetts Garden

Emmetts is a lovely Edwardian garden that is home to a large number of rare and exotic plants. The estate comprises a lovely meadow, a rock garden, a rose garden and a woodland walk.


We love this garden! Only 40 minutes from London, its perfect for getting out into the open air, spotting sheep, picking some blackberries, hiding in a den made of logs or playing wooden skittles in the meadow.

In the discovery cabin, little people will find a nice little den to draw a picture,  a wildlife spotting card or a game to play. Meanwhile you can grab a deck chair and enjoy the peaceful views over Kent. We enjoyed the natural playground and running through the wood trying to find a gruffalo.

There are kids activities everyday including trails and Geocaching. There are seasonal trails for Halloween and Christmas.

The meadow has a real family feel and is a great place to meet mummy friends or family for a relaxed day out with a picnic.

This is a lovely place to get your kids out into nature, to explore, get muddy and relax after with an enormous piece of chocolate fudge cake!

Address: Ide Hill, Sevenoaks, Kent, TN14 6BA.

Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/emmetts-garden/

Playground: There is a natural playground made completely from log and twigs forested from the woods. Little ones will love the little dens and there’s even a mini mower for any budding gardeners – a play one of course!

Cafe: The Old Stables serves homemade soup, light lunches and cake.

Toilets: Yes by the Old Stables Cafe. There are baby changing facilities.

Pram / wheelchair / mobility friendly: The are a mixture of surfaces at Emmetts. There is a steep hill when you come through reception which you can push a buggy up but if not they put on a buggy to take you up to the discovery cabin. The woodland walk, Rock garden and the lower rose garden all have steps to access. The woodland walk is manageable for a 3 year old although you may need a sling or carrier for any non walkers as there are some steep areas and steps.

Parking: Parking is free.

Admission: Free for National Trust members, Adult £7.50 Children £3.75 Family £18.75.

Nearest Station: Sevenoaks.

Bus: 404 bus from Sevenoaks (Monday to Friday only), alight Ide Hill, 1½ miles.

Phone: 01732 868381.

Email: [email protected].


The estate has beautiful views over the Kent Weald. It’s perfect for taking dogs to as they can go everywhere provided that they are on a lead. The discovery cabin has cricket bats, skittles, tennis rackets and footballs which are free to take out into the meadow for a game. It’s a perfect place to meet friends for a picnic and if you forget your rug you can borrow one from the shop for the day!


Review by Sarah Floyd

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  1. Thank you Gin Fund and thank you Sarah Floyd for tipping us the wink about this fantastic and magical place to spend an afternoon with my 2 year old. It was a blustery November day but there was still so much to do at Emmetts Garden that it was well worth the drive out there taking in the lovely scenery as we went. The wild playground was an instant hit and we even managed the 40 min Ram Pump Walk, kicking autumnal leaves and collecting sticks as we went. Great little café with a microwave for warming up little ones lunch and the usual National Trust food fare (cream teas all round!). The day was topped off with a good old play on some little tractors that were used by little ones and big ones alike, and a spot of colouring in the ‘fairy cabin’ (known as a log cabin to the likes of us). Can’t wait to go back in the summer to make use of the boules, cricket and qoits sets they have to borrow. Stunning.