West Dean Gardens Opening Hours, Prices and Tickets

We look forward to welcoming you to West Dean Gardens. Please read our FAQs for more information to help you plan your visit.

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.

Open Times Prices
Jan, Feb, Nov, Dec

Mon - Sun 10.30am-4pm

£7.50/£8.25*
Mar - Oct

Mon - Sun 10.30am-5pm

£11.00/£12.10*

24, 25 and 31 December 2021

Closed N/A

* Gift Aid price.

Useful information

RHS Members

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

Dogs

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, which helps to maintain our Gardens. Thank you! Read more about gift aid.

Access

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.

Find us on Google Maps

Pre-booking FAQs

The Gardens are open with the Restaurant open and full table service in place.  The Gift Shop is now also open. Pre-booking is no longer required. 

Please note: from Tuesday 30 November 2021, it will be 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.

How do I buy a ticket?
Pre-booking is no longer required. Please purchase your entry ticket upon arrival. Please note we are only accepting card payments.

What are the opening times? 
We are open seven days a week, 10.30am – 4pm. 

Are there catering facilities available? 
The Gardens Restaurant is open with full table service. Whilst social distancing measures are no longer required, we will be maintaining space at the restaurant and reducing capacity, in order to keep a safe distance from others. For up-to-date information on any Restaurant closure dates, please check our homepage.

Can we visit the Gardens Restaurant without a Gardens ticket?
Yes, the Gardens Restaurant is accessible to those without a ticket.

Are there toilet facilities available?
Yes, we have toilets available on site and a stringent cleaning regime in place. We encourage the use of face coverings whilst using inside spaces.  Accessible toilets can be located in the Gardens toilet block.

Can I bring a picnic?
Yes, picnics are welcome. Please maintain social distancing and we ask you not to meet in large groups. Please be aware it is preferred that you bring your picnic in at the beginning of your visit, in order to reduce traffic in the gardens shop. Should you wish to return to the car during your visit, you will need to join the entry queue again so this may reduce your time spent in the Gardens.

I am a Garden Friend, do I need to book?
Pre-booking is no longer required for all visitors, please present your membership card at the ticket desk in the Gardens shop on arrival.

Can I get a refund on my ticket if I change my mind?
Unfortunately not, we are unable to process a refund or transfer dates for any pre-booked tickets. If you are feeling unwell, please do not come to the Gardens. Please email reception@westdean.ac.uk providing your booking reference number and name.

Can I bring my dog?
Yes, as long as your canine companion is kept on a lead at all times (including the Arboretum) and you clean up after them.

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What happens when I arrive?
Please enter the car park from the main Gardens entrance and enter the Gardens through the Gardens shop.

Where do I park?
Please arrive at the main Gardens entrance as usual, find a space within the car park or overflow. If you have a blue badge or need to park closer to the entrance please use the disabled car parking spaces. If they are all full you can get dropped near the door and the car can then be parked in the main car park. 

Can I get to the gardens using public transport?
Yes, trains run frequently in and out of Chichester station. Close to the train station, you will find the bus station which operates the Stagecoach number 60 bus from Chichester to Midhurst. Please depart the bus at the West Dean Gardens stop and walk along the road to the main Gardens entrance, which is a short walk from the main road. For an up-to-date timetable visit the Stagecoach website.

Is the entrance still through the Visitor Centre Shop?
Yes, the entrance is through the Shop. To exit the gardens please use the gift shop to peruse some wonderful items! Or follow the signage through the walled garden.

Will all areas of the Gardens be open? 
Yes, apart from a few glasshouses. We have implemented systems and restrictions on visitor numbers where required so please adhere to any signage and guidance given to you on site. Some areas will be restricted at times due to staff working in those areas and we would ask that you respect any roped off areas or signage advising on this.

Is the Gift Shop open?
Yes, the gift shop is now open. Please follow social distancing measures and wear a face covering when in the shop.

Are you accepting cash payments?
No, in the interest of hygiene we are no longer accepting cash on site. Contactless payments can be made on our payment machines at the Gardens Restaurant and Gardens Shop.

Do you have wheelchairs available? 
Yes, we have a limited number available on a first come first served basis. Request a wheelchair at the entrance and return it at the exit where it will be fully sanitised.

I have an Afternoon Escape voucher or a Gardens gift voucher that has expired during the lockdown, what can I do?
Please contact us on reception@westdean.ac.uk for any vouchers which expired between 23 March-30 June 2020 and 5 November-2 December 2020 so we can advise you further. You will be able to use your Afternoon Escape voucher at our catering outlets on site when they are open. Please surrender the voucher and the team will be happy to offer you a hot drink and cake of your choice for two.

I have HHA/Gardener’s World membership – can I book online?  
Pre-booking is no longer required. You will need to bring your vouchers or cards with you to validate your ticket at the admission kiosk.

Is the House open?
The House operates as West Dean College of Arts and Conservation so it is not open to the general public. 

Do I need to wear a mask and gloves? 
From Tuesday 30 November, it will be 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. Face coverings do not need to be worn outdoors as you stroll around.

What if I notice someone not adhering to the rules or I become worried about others behaviour?
Please call our Duty House Officer on 01243 818 206 with the details if you are concerned about any behaviour on site. We will have staff patrolling the grounds throughout the day and others stationed in key areas so please make them aware if there is an issue.

Is there any other information I need to be aware of?
We would be extremely grateful if you could follow the guidance below when on site to make all visitors feel safe and comfortable.
•    Maintain a 1m distance from other visitors and staff
•    Wash your hands regularly for at least 20 seconds and use the sanitiser stations provided
•    Please wear a face covering when you are in the Gardens shop, restaurant and in communal washroom areas
•    Some of our paths are quite narrow so please be respectful and patient with others using them by allowing them to pass safely at a distance
•    Follow the signage in place on site for your own and other's safety
•    No bicycles are allowed on site
•    No ball games are allowed on site
•    No use of drones are allowed on site
•    Access to the College is not available, please do not try to enter
•    Please pick up any litter and place in the bins provided or take it home with you
•    Please keep your dogs on a lead and clean up after them using the bins provided
•    Please keep your children close within your group

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.