West Dean Gardens

Nestled at the foot of the South Downs, West Dean Gardens in West Sussex is one of the greatest restored gardens open to the public today.

Visitors can explore a wide range of historic features on a gentle walk around the grounds. From surreal trees to the restored walled garden, West Dean Gardens proudly presents its rich creative and social heritage.

A stop in our Visit England-endorsed restaurant and on-site gift shop will complete every visit.

Award-winning Sunken Garden at West Dean Gardens near Chichester

Yours to explore

Creatively inspired by its rich heritage and setting. For a day out near Chichester West Dean Gardens is brimming with features to enjoy.

An impressive collection of working Victorian Glasshouses, a 300 foot pergola, a spring garden and the occasional surreal fibreglass tree offer year-round interest to garden visitors.

Explore the gardens

About the gardens

View a map of the gardens, meet the gardening team and find out what’s new in the garden this month. Learn about the history of the gardens and how they became what they are today.

Jewellery for sale at West Dean Gardens Shop

Restaurant and Shop

Our Gardens Restaurant at West Dean has a Visit England Quality Food & Drink status (2015). Relax and enjoy home cooked food overlooking the South Downs. Browse the extensive plant and gift range in the shop and treat yourself to something special.

Dahlias in the cutting garden at West Dean Gardens

What's new at West Dean Gardens?

Recent healthy supplies of rain in July have revitalised the garden and perked up recent plantings in the Kitchen Garden. It's a great time to revisit to see these new beginnings including the nearby hot border which is looking…hhhot in time for this year's Chilli Fiesta, 11-13 August.

Try a garden-themed creative short course

Let the gardens be your inspiration on a short course at West Dean College. Learn practical gardening skills or garden design from the experts. Get behind the camera lens and discover how to get the best images of the garden, or join an art course and interpret the landscape on canvas.

Find out more about gardening courses and lectures or the wide range of creative courses available here.

For shorter garden talks please visit our gardens events page.

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Support West Dean Gardens

West Dean Gardens is part of a registered charity and its upkeep and care are only possible with the support of generous donors, friends and legacy gifts.

If you share our passion for the gardens and gardening excellence,
please find out how you can help support their upkeep.