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.

Coronavirus update 23 March 2020
Following increased emphasis by the Government on the need for social distancing, to protect the health and safety of all, the Gardens will be closed from 5pm on 23 March. The Gardens Shop, Restaurant and Gardeners Cottage are also closed until at least 20 April. Read the latest visitor information regarding coronavirus here

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 with flint bridges and the occasional surreal fibreglass tree offer year-round interest to garden visitors.

Explore the Gardens

The Walled Fruit and Kitchen Garden at West Dean Gardens, West Sussex

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.

West Dean Arboretum in Spring

What's New?

Following increased emphasis by the Government on the need for social distancing, to protect the health and safety of all, the Gardens will be closed from 5pm on 23 March. From the evening of 17 March we have closed the Gardens Shop, Restaurant and Gardeners Cottage, until at least 20 April.

Wedding receptions at West Dean Gardens. Credit Helen Cawte Photography

Wedding Receptions

Celebrate your wedding day in style with a marquee reception for up to 200 guests on the picnic lawn or front lawn at West Dean Gardens. Our experienced team offer a bespoke service to help you plan your special day.

Try a garden-themed short course

Let the Gardens be your inspiration on a short course at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation. 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 on a photography course, 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.

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.