Works Across the Estate

We are giving our site some TLC during 2024. It’s a really exciting time, but does mean that some areas will be inaccessible and noisier at various times.

When you’re visiting us please follow signs and keep to designated routes, and enjoy your visit.

Lift works

Our main lift has been experiencing failures for several years, and it now needs to be replaced entirely. The works will last until Tuesday 9 July, as this is a considerable undertaking. The work to replace the lift will be noisy at times. We apologise for this inconvenience.

If you are a wheelchair user or have access needs, please speak to one of our Visitor Hosts with the yellow lanyards who can help you access the lower ground floor. The Aquarium lift is unaffected.

We encourage visitors to leave buggies and scooters at home during this time where they can, but appreciate this is not always possible.


From Monday 3 June, the Café will be closed for six weeks for refurbishment works. Food and drinks will still be available from kiosks by the Café and by the Bandstand.

Nature + Love

The Natural History Gallery will be closed from 4 March 2024 for redisplay, and will not reopen until 2026. The Natural History Gallery Balcony is now closed.

Parts of the Gardens will also undergoing redevelopment as part of Nature + Love from the autumn. Some areas and paths will be inaccessible, particularly around the old Boating Pond, Bandstand and South Downs Meadow. Please follow signage onsite, be aware of increased vehicle traffic and keep up to date with project news: Nature + Love.