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Visit West Dean Gardens 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


A word from the owner

Jim Buckland and Sarah Wain are the inspirational leaders of the garden team, bringing zeal, imagination, deep horticultural knowledge and an ever-growing understanding and enthusiasm for the gardens and its history. 2016 marked 25 years since Jim and Sarah began the gardens' transformation and since 1991 they have overseen huge changes resulting in the beautiful gardens they are today.
The Edward James Foundation Trustees

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

We had the most amazing day and everything went exactly how we had hoped – weather, ceremony, marquee and set up and the breakfast on the Sunday went down very well with our guests for the views and backdrop of the house and gardens so it was totally worth all the hard work everyone put in.

Bride and Groom


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

Whether you are planning an executive meeting for six, a reception for 100 delegates or away-day with team building activities, West Dean College of Arts and Conservation near Chichester offers a unique venue for your business get-togethers. We have multiple meeting and breakout rooms available with full audio equipment and catering facilities which can accommodate many layouts depending on your requirements. We have rooms in a variety of sizes with breakout spaces available, ideal for group work and teambuilding activities.

If you are coming to West Dean College for a corporate away day, take advantage of our fabulous location and add an activity to your booking. Whether you are looking for an outdoor activity or an experience inside the fully equipped workshops, we offer a range of activities that will be sure to get delegates creative juices flowing. Choose from clay pigeon shooting, house tours, garden tours, ukelele lessons, archery, painting and drawing, and other hands on activities.




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

An excellent venue with an enormous atmosphere, West Dean is an inspirational location.