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Visit West Dean Gardens (part of West Dean College of Arts and Conservation) in West Sussex and escape to a beautifully rejuvenated historic garden rich in creative and social heritage. Explore the extensive grounds on a gentle walk or venture further to the unique arboretum.

Features include the 13 restored Victorian Glasshouses housing orchids, fuchsias, figs, vines, melons and chillies. See the Walled Kitchen Garden of classic Victorian design, 100m-long Edwardian Pergola designed by Harold Peto, the naturalistic Spring Garden, the award-winning Sunken Garden and the orchards. The circular 2½ mile arboretum walk set in 50 acres of beautiful parkland offers stunning views of the South Downs and a route passing Edward James’ grave.


Today’s opening hours

March to October: Weekdays from 10.30am and weekends and Bank Holidays from 9am, until 4pm (winter) or 5pm.

Open through the year from 1st February to 24th December.



March to October: Weekdays from 10.30am and weekends and Bank Holidays from 9am, until 4pm (winter) or 5pm.

Open through the year from 1st February to 24th December.

Find Us
Find us

West Dean Gardens is nestled at the foot of the South Downs just 6 miles north of Chichester towards Midhurst. The entrance to the
Gardens is clearly signposted off the A286.

For those travelling by public transport, Chichester is the nearest rail station. .


Dunnaways Taxis 01243 782403


Historic Houses members visit for free.

Ticket prices vary depending on the season. For more information, please see our website.

More admission details

  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible toilets
  • Accessible parking
  • Access statement available
Group Visits
Group Visits

We welcome group bookings of 15+ people.

Please contact Celia Disckinson for more information.

01243 818210


Things to See


Celebrate your wedding day in style at West Dean Gardens. Marquee wedding receptions for up to 200 guests are held on the picnic lawn or front lawn. The historic West Dean House makes an impressive backdrop and the features of the Gardens and beautiful surroundings create a perfect venue set in picturesque South Downs countryside.

The experienced wedding team, personal service and flexibility with suppliers means wedding receptions can be tailor-made, creative and truly reflect the couple celebrating. Couples will enjoy the exclusive nature of West Dean, making this romantic venue even more special.



  • Suppliers list
  • Accessible parking
  • Bridal suite
  • Guest parking


Stay in this characterful period house, home to West Dean College of Arts and Conservation, in single, twin or double rooms. Bedrooms are mostly traditional in style with a smaller number of rooms decorated with a contemporary edge. Rooms are in the house or the Old Vicarage, a 19th century house just behind the College.

If you're feeling adventurous, you can take some time out to explore St Roche's Arboretum and its 50 acres with hidden glades and impressive views. Swim in our outdoor heated swimming pool (open May to Sept) or enjoy a game of tennis or croquet or bowls on the lawn, overlooking the South Downs.

Relax in this unique and creative environment, set in 6,400 acres of countryside, West Dean College offers you a retreat location with stunning views and the tranquil West Dean Gardens which you can explore during your stay.


Corporate Hire

Corporate events

West Dean House offers you a unique and creative venue to host a variety of events, from conferences or business meetings to private dinners or events. This 19th century flint mansion, near Chichester in West Sussex, boasts an intriguing artistic heritage and stunning State Rooms.


  • Wifi
  • Plentiful parking
  • Dinner
  • Refreshments
  • Overnight accommodation
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Team building activities
  • Projector and screen
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch