West Dean

The award-winning gardens at West Dean near Chichester are set in the glorious South Downs.

Walk through the 100 metre-long Edwardian Pergola designed by Harold Peto and covered with clematis, roses and wisteria.

At the eastern end of the Pergola is the Sunken Garden. Restored in 2014, the planting is designed to be perennial with a long flowering season.

Discover the Walled Kitchen Garden with 13 working Victorian glasshouses.

Follow the River Lavant through the gardens and discover the Spring and Water Gardens and the Wild Garden which is being redeveloped following the principles laid out by William Robinson.

If you have time, explore the St Roche’s Arboretum. There’s a 2.5 mile circular walk which takes you through the landscape park to the arboretum with stunning views back to the house. Look out for the grave of Edward James.

The gardens are usually closed in January – check the website for details.

Historic Houses members visit for free.

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Address: Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0RX View map Phone: 01243 811301
Dog friendly: Yes
Cafe: Yes
Car park: Yes
House open: No
House open - occasionally: No
Family friendly: Yes
Toilets: Yes
Wheelchair - partly: Yes

For information on opening times and to buy tickets: Click here

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