West Dean Gardens, nestling in the South Downs National Park, is a place of tranquillity and beauty. Its features feature include a restored walled kitchen garden with some of the finest Victorian glasshouses in the country, rustic summerhouses, a 300ft Edwardian pergola, ornamental borders and a rustic stream with pond contrast with over 200 varieties of carefully trained fruit trees, rows of vegetables and exotic flowers and produce behind glass. For the more active a 2 and a half mile circular walk offers breathtaking views of the estate and its fine flint house and parkland setting. The gardens has its own restaurant serving hot and cold snacks and lunches and shop selling imaginative gifts and jewellery.
West Dean Gardens is part of the following Editors' Picks:
"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:||1 Mar to 31 Oct, Daily, 10:30-17:00 (last entry 16:30). 1 Nov to 28 Feb, Daily 10:30-16:00 (last entry 15:30). Closed 23 Dec to 31 Jan.|
|Admission:||Mar to Oct: Adult from £7.70, Child from £0.90|
|Child Friendly:||Children of all ages welcome|
|Location:||Six miles north of Chichester and 6 miles south of Midhurst on the A286.|
Coaches Welcome (by appointment), Free Parking Availability, Full Disabled Access, Plants for Sale, Tea Room
|Parkland / Woodland Acreage:||90|
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Sat 22 Jun 2013 – Sun 23 Jun 2013
Introducing our exciting new event, Fusion: A weekend of creativity for everyone. With live entertainment, bite-sized workshops and demonstrations covering everything from cookery to story-writing and jewellery-making to gardening, it will be a weekend of hands-on fun for people of all ages.
Fri 09 Aug 2013 – Sun 11 Aug 2013
This much-loved and well known event of Chilli madness, sees its opening hours extended with an exciting line-up of entertainment (acts to be announced) every evening. Also, added by popular demand, there will be an exclusive campsite for those wishing to soak up the ‘Chilli’ atmosphere all weekend.
Sat 05 Oct 2013 – Sun 06 Oct 2013
Grow! Cook! Eat! will see the most popular elements from the Apple Affair broadened into a full harvest festival. Set to a soundtrack of live folk music, this event will celebrate all of West Dean’s rural activities and it will also present numerous culinary delights. Start practising now for the West Dean bake-off!
Sat 14 Dec 2013 – Sun 15 Dec 2013
A magical Christmas experience for all the family, Winter Wonderland will feature all the ingredients of a perfect Christmas event: food, drink, entertainment and plenty of stalls and of course?Father Christmas. It is strongly advised to book early for Father Christmas as 2012 slots sold out by October 2012
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