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 feature in the grounds.
Where is West Dean Gardens located?
West Dean Gardens is 6 miles north of Chichester on the A286 towards Midhurst.
The entrance to the Gardens is clearly signposted off the A286 (N.B. West Dean College has a separate entrance). Free parking is available, with designated spaces for disabled visitors and coaches.
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.
By bus: the number 60 bus runs from Midhurst to Chichester bus station (opposite Chichester railway station) every half hour Monday - Saturday. On Sundays buses are every hour. For an up-to-date timetable visit the Stagecoach website.
What can guests enjoy at West Dean Gardens?
Creatively inspired by its rich heritage and setting, West Dean Gardens is brimming with features to enjoy. An impressive collection of working Victorian Glasshouses, a walled kitchen garden, a 300 foot Edwardian pergola, a sunken garden, and the occasional surreal fibreglass tree offer year-round interest to garden visitors. Find out more about the Gardens here.