Riverhill Himalayan Gardens, Sevenoaks – Review

We have free entry to Riverhill Himalayan Gardens but all opinions are our own

Riverhill Himalayan Gardens in Sevenoaks, Kent, is an absolute gem!

Having lived in Sevenoaks all of my life we watched, with interest, the Channel 4 show “Country House Rescue”. It documented the work undertaken to revitalise Riverhill Gardens and make it a family-friendly attraction. It worked a treat!

We first visited as a family 6 or so years ago, when Big L was a baby, and more recently a few weeks ago. We love it there.

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Big L, Little L and Granny

What will I find at Riverhill Himalayan Gardens?

First of all it is very family friendly with the vast majority of the gardens is accessible for a pushchair, albeit a bit steep in places. 

There is a decent sized car park, with disabled parking at a lower level to avoid steps, you can also walk round from the usual parking if you have a pushchair.

On entering Riverhill Himalayan Gardens you will find the ticket booth and cafe, along with little shop selling garden ornaments and plants and an ice cream hut.

Here you will also find the toilets. The gardens are pretty big so go before you set off!

We often stop for tea and cake before our walk, what can I say, we’re rebels! There is a large selection of fresh cakes, sandwiches and light lunches on offer as well as different teas, coffee and so on. In our time we have tried most of the cakes and not one has disappointed!

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Big L with an ice cream

There are different routes to take around the gardens, I have to admit we don’t usually stick to a map and just mooch.

The plants are amazing, every season offers something new and exciting.

Spring at Riverhill Himalayan Gardens

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Beautiful bluebells

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Magnolia in bloom

 

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Japanese Maple – I love these

Summer at Riverhill Himalayan Gardens

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Walled rose garden

Alium

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Vibrant pink peony

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Another peony (I think!)

Riverhill Himalayan Gardens has an amazing adventure playground

You have a bit of a steep walk up to the adventure playground but it’s worth it!

Our two, aged 3 and 8, LOVE it!

There is a very windy slide that is probably far too big for a toddler but he did it anyway! Swings, a climbing wall another slide, a playhouse and our kids don’t want to leave

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The windy slide

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The slide better suited for toddlers!

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Playhouse with climbing wall

Don’t forget Riverhill Himalayan Gardens has a resident YETI!

You have to go on a bit of a trek to find the Yeti. We were exploring the woods and the various dens left by previous families when we heard a knocking…

We looked up to see the yeti peeking out from behind a tree. The kids were so excited! The yeti was very sweet and shy and got down to Little L’s level so is obviously tame and good with children. The yeti isn’t there all the time, weekends and holidays mostly, but even yetis need time off!

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Can you spot the yeti?

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Little L was thrilled to meet the yeti

Riverhill Himalayan Gardens is a fab place to spend some quality time

You can spend as little as an hour, even just pop in to use the cafe or spend a whole day getting lost, building dens, exploring the different gardens, bird watching, bug hunting. You name it! It’s a really special space and is definitely on our list of favourite places to visit.

During school holidays they put on some fab activities too so check out their website to keep up to date with what’s on, opening times and entrance fees.

For other days out reviews check out my Travel and Days out reviews

I also have a Facebook Group, Incidentally Sevenoaks, where you can share event ideas and other local news. You can join Incidentally Sevenoaks here

 

 

 

 

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