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West Dean Gardens

West Dean, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0RX

West Dean Gardens

West Dean, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0RX

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, Sunken Garden (winner of the Sussex Heritage Trust's Gardens and Landscape Award 2014) and houses some of the finest Victorian glasshouses in the country. Extensive and richly planted grounds include a stunning 300 foot Edwardian Pergola, and the 50 acre arboretum accessed by a beautiful two mile parkland walk.

The gardens surround a 19th century flint mansion, West Dean College, which also offers short courses, accommodation, private dining and conferences. Wedding receptions in a marquee for up to 200 guests can be held in West Dean Gardens with the stunning backdrop of the South Downs. An exciting annual programme of art and craft courses, talks and events such as the Chilli Fiesta and Visit Father Christmas also feature in the grounds.

West Dean Gardens is part of the following Travel Ideas:

Ten of the Best Kitchen Gardens by Veronica Peerless

"The first thing that strikes you about West Dean gardens is how utterly immaculate they are, and the kitchen garden and glasshouses are no exception. The classic Victorian layout contains everything from perennial veg such as artichoke and seakale to espaliered fruit trees and herbs. The old cutting patch is now filled with flowers in ‘hot’ colours – red, orange and yellow. Inspirational."

Information on West Dean Gardens , West Dean , Chichester

Opening Times: 3-28 Feb, Daily 10:30-16:00 (last entry 15:30). 1 Mar to 31 Oct, Daily 10:30-17:00 (last entry 16:30). 1 Nov to 21 Dec Daily 10:30-16:00 (last entry 15:30). Closed 23 Dec to 2 Feb.
Admission: Feb, Nov & Dec: Adult from £5.50, Children FREE Mar to Oct: Adult from £8.50, Children FREE.
Child Friendly:  Children of all ages welcome
Dog Friendly: Dogs Permitted (Dogs must be kept on a short lead at all times.)
Location: Six miles north of Chichester and 6 miles south of Midhurst on the A286. 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.
Facilities: Coaches welcome (by appointment), Free parking, Full disabled access, Tearoom, Treat yourself in the Gardens Shop. gifts and plants to take home
Parkland / Woodland Acreage: 90

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