West Dean Gardens is one of the greatest gardens open to the public in England. Creatively inspired by its rich heritage and South Downs setting, the gardens include a Walled Kitchen Garden and 13 working Victorian glasshouses, extensive and richly planted grounds including a stunning 300 foot Edwardian Pergola, and the fifty acre St Roche’s arboretum accessed by the beautiful 2 mile parkland walk.

“The Walled Garden and Victorian Glasshouses at West Dean provide visitors with a 21st century approach to growing and displaying fruit, vegetables and ornamentals in innovative ways. It delivers inspirational ideas which attract all to visit time and time again.”

Jim Gardiner, Executive Vice President, Royal Horticultural Society


The Kitchen Garden

Neat rows of vegetables, intricate vines and colourful borders provide interest throughout the seasons.

The Pergola

Wander through the 300 foot long Edwardian pergola designed by Harold Peto, covered in climbing roses, clematis and honeysuckle.

The Spring Garden

Pause on a flintwork bridge to admire exotic planting, the surreal fibreglass trees and the meandering River Lavant.

Victorian Glasshouses

Built between 1891 and 1900 and brimming with flowers, fruits, vegetables and exotic plants, these are some of the few still in use in the UK.

The Sunken Garden

Winner of the Sussex Heritage Trust’s Gardens and Landscape Award 2014.

St Roche’s Arboretum

Take the 2.5 mile walk through the arboretum and encounter a 50 acre collection of trees with hidden glades and impressive views.

Restaurant and Gift Shop

Relax in our Gardens Restaurant and enjoy freshly prepared lunches and afternoon teas with views overlooking the South Downs. Bteakfast is also available from 9am at weekends/Bank Holidays. Treat yourself to a gift or plant in the Gardens Gift Shop.

Children go FREE (under 16)

Dogs on short leads welcome

Free parking

Exciting annual programme of gardening courses, talks and events.


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