Information about coronavirus

The College remains open as usual. We are monitoring the situation and following the guidance and advice issued by Public Health England about coronavirus (COVID-19). We would like to draw to the attention of visitors and students the Coronovirus Public Information Poster, and the following government information page:

Coronavirus (COVID-19): latest information and advice

Open Day

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation is internationally recognised for conservation and arts education. Book your place at our next open day and see for yourself why 97% of students would recommend studying here. A visit to the College is the perfect opportunity to find out more about the course you are interested in, meet the tutors and see the workshops, chat to other students and find out about funding opportunities. 

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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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Escape the everyday

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


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Upcoming events

Salvador DalĂ­ and Hans Arp exhibition
16 February 2020 - 16 August 2020
Fine Art Talk - Stuart Whipps
Wednesday 4 March, 5:30-6:30pm

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.

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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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