Students in the bar at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation

Open Day

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

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Visit us virtually

Take a virtual tour of West Dean College of Arts and Conservation. Explore the degree and diploma workshops and studios, plus student areas such as the dining room, bar and craft shop.

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West Dean Gardens

Nestled at the foot of the South Downs, the Gardens are 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 in the Spring Garden to the sunken garden and restored walled garden, or a parkland walk with views over the South Downs, there's plenty to enjoy. 

To visit the Gardens pre-booking tickets online is essential. Tickets are available for up to two weeks in advance.

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A Unique Historic Venue

Host your meeting, conference, product launch or away day in one of our beautiful state rooms rich in arts history for between six and 100 guests or delegates.

Find out more about private dining events, special birthday or anniversary celebrations, in historic characterful rooms. Mouth-watering menus are prepared using fresh and local ingredients where possible, with wines chosen to complement your menu.

Relax and unwind in the beautiful location, staying with us as a B&B guest. Enjoy the stunning views and walks in West Dean Gardens.

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50th Anniversary

50 years of creativity

In October 1971, West Dean College of Arts and Conservation opened its doors as a centre for the study of conservation, arts, crafts, writing, gardening and music.

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Help preserve our future

West Dean College and Gardens are 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.

Find out how you can help support us