Open Days - register now

West Dean College is internationally recognised for conservation and arts education. It is a centre of excellence and collaboration. Discover the unique creative atmosphere for yourself at our next Open Day on 9 February 2019

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A Unique Historic Venue

Host your meeting, conference or event in one of our beautiful State rooms, rich in arts history and atmosphere. Relax in comfort as a B&B guest, or find out about private dining events.

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Events at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation

Escape the everyday

Listen to a concert, attend a free artist or author talk or be inspired by one of our partner events.

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West Dean Gardens

Enjoy one of the greatest restored gardens open to the public in England.

Explore the award-winning gardens, wander the 300ft long pergola, the restored sunken garden, walled kitchen garden and impressive collection of Victorian glasshouses, or enjoy a parkland walk with views over the South Downs.

Complete your visit with a delicious lunch or afternoon tea in the Gardens Restaurant, which has Visit England Quality Assured status, and explore the gift shop.

There are many family-friendly and dog-friendly events held in the Gardens throughout the year - take a look at the Gardens Events Calendar and book online. Please note: the Gardens are closed in January, but will re-open on Friday 1 February 2019.

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Help preserve our future

West Dean is part of a registered charity and relies on the support of generous donors, friends, legacies to help us deliver world-class education in conservation and the creative arts and maintain our award-winning gardens.

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