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. 

To visit the Gardens you no longer need to pre-book tickets. Please read our FAQs for more information.

Gardens Restaurant update: Please be aware that the Gardens Restaurant will only be serving drinks and cakes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, then a limited lunch menu, drinks and cakes the rest of the week. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Please be aware it is mandatory to wear a mask within retail areas, we also ask you to wear a mask whilst in any enclosed areas in the Gardens, this includes the Restaurant, Toilets and Glasshouses. 

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

Grow your own with Tom Brown

Thinking of growing your own and wondering where to start? If the answer is 'yes', West Dean's Head Gardener, Tom Brown, is here to inspire and help you with his series of short videos to 'grow your own'. We now have four videos in the series:

See the latest grow your own videos
Making a Christmas wreath on a Short Course at West Dean College

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.

Gardening short courses

Gardening short courses at West Dean College

Book your place on one of our gardening short courses ranging from talks, lectures, one day or long weekend courses.

See all gardening courses

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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.