Sussex has some great gardens, many close to excellent walks but also perfect in themselves for a bit more wandering!

Borde Hill Gardens Sussex

Borde Hill – botanic garden and park with children’s adventure playground near Haywards Heath

Great Dixter House & Gardens – 15th Century house and family home of gardener and gardening writer Christopher Lloyd

Groombridge Place – moated manor house and enchanted forest garden in Groombridge near Tunbridge Wells, straddling the Kent/Sussex border

Groombridge Place

Groombridge Place

High Beeches – woodland and water garden

Highdown Gardens – free to visit gardens set in a former chalkpit, best in Spring and early summer, and to combine with a walk up to Highdown Hill and a visit to the Highdown Tea Gardens. Good for families.

Nymans – English garden developed from the late 19th century, with evocatively ruined house



Pashley Manor Gardens  – Tudor fronted house, romantic landscaping, imaginative plantings, fine old trees, fountains, springs and large ponds

Sheffield Park – landscape garden, best known for its lakes and autumnal colours

Sheffield Park Sussex

Standen – Arts and Crafts family home with Morris & Co. interiors, set in a beautiful hillside garden

Sussex Prairie Garden – six acre garden with naturalistic planting a few miles from Henfield

Wakehurst Place – Kew’s country Garden in West Sussex

West Dean Gardens –  nineteenth century Gothic house, designed by James Wyatt, with a twentieth century Arts and Crafts garden, near Chichester

Many of Sussex’s historic sights also have gardens and parkland

Historic Sights