West Dean Gardens Opening Hours, Prices and Tickets


The Gardens are currently closed until further notice but please check these pages for regular updates and follow us on social media @westdeangardens to see Spring as it unfolds.

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Opening Hours and Admission Prices

Last entry is 30 minutes before closing time.
Free entry for children under 16 - additional charge may apply on event days.
*Applies to groups of 15+. Please book in advance to qualify for group rate. Extra charge for events.

Open Times Prices Groups
Jan, Feb, Nov, Dec

Mon - Fri 10.30am-4pm

Sat, Sun & Bank Holidays 9am-4pm


£7.00/£7.70 £5.50
Mar - Oct

Mon - Fri 10.30am-5pm

Sat, Sun & Bank Holidays 9am-5pm

£10.00/£11.00 £8.00

Christmas and New Year 2020/2021

Check back soon for closed dates    


Want to visit us more often?  Become a Friend of West Dean and enjoy unlimited entry year round during normal opening hours. 


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Useful information

NHS Staff

Free entry for NHS staff members, plus one, to enjoy unlimited visits for six months from the date the Gardens reopen. Please show your NHS ID on entry. Read more

RHS Members

Free access to the Gardens January - February and October - December. Applies to main member and excludes event days.


Dogs on a short lead are welcome at the Gardens. Please clean up after your dog. Bags are available from the Gardens Shop and a bin is located outside the gift shop. Water bowls are also provided. Please be aware that sheep freely roam the fields.

Gift Aid

When you add a donation of at least 10% to your admission price (the Gift Aid price), the Government allow us to claim Gift Aid on the entire amount you pay. Your gift aided entry at £7.70 enables us to claim £1.92 and entry at £11.00 enables us to claim £2.75 which helps to maintain our Gardens. Thank you! Read more about gift aid.

Become a Friend of West Dean

As well as supporting the upkeep and development of the College and Gardens, as a Friend of West Dean you'll get complimentary access to the Gardens during normal opening times. Find out more about Friend membership.


The shop, restaurant and the majority of the gardens are accessible to wheelchair users. Please contact us in advance to make the most of your visit. Read more about Gardens accessibility.

How to find us

West Dean Gardens is 6 miles north of Chichester on the A286 towards Midhurst.

The entrance to the Gardens is clearly signposted off the A286 (N.B. West Dean College has a separate entrance). Free parking is available, with designated spaces for disabled visitors and coaches.

For satellite navigation use postcode PO18 0RX to find West Dean Gardens.

By train: the nearest train station is Chichester, from where you can pick up a taxi or the number 60 bus.

By bus: the number 60 bus runs from Midhurst to Chichester bus station (opposite Chichester railway station) every half hour Monday - Saturday. On Sundays buses are every hour. For an up-to-date timetable visit the Stagecoach website.

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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.