West Dean Gardens


West Dean Gardens has existed since 1622 and is beautifully presented and preserved. They are in the grounds of the internationally known college for the arts and crafts, West Dean College, some 5 miles north of Chichester city centre.It is set in a scenic valley, at the foot of the South Downs. You need to spend a morning or afternoon at West Dean Gardens to appreciate the attraction in its entirety.

There are many interesting features including the walled Victorian kitchen and fruit gardens, with traditional glasshouses. The River Lavant runs through a wild garden, and there are many purpose built period outhouses and features, such as summerhouses and a large, 300ft pergola. There is a recently constructed spring garden.

Other key facts:

  • 13 original glasshouses (1890's)
  • Summerhouse (1820's)
  • Edwardian Pergola (designed by Harold Peto)
  • 240 acres of landscaped park
  • 35 acres of ornamental ground

West Dean Gardens charge for entry to their gardens, although their visitor centre is free to enter.

Open: March, April and October 11am - 5pm, May - September 10.30am - 5pm. You can find additional information at West Dean's website.