Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens

About Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens

Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens are Grade I listed and reopened in 2019, after being closed for a period of 10 years. The gardens are set around Leonardslee House, within a valley containing seven beautiful lakes which have become home to an array of wildlife. Features of the gardens are the Rock Garden, Camellia Grove, Deer Park, and Coronation Garden. In summer the gardens come alive with magnolias, camellias and rhododendrons and the colour is truly spectacular.

Leonardslee is also home to the UK’s first Pinotage vineyard, which was planted in 2018, with the grapes currently maturing. The Wallaby Enclosure is also definitely not something to miss on your visit, where you can see the baby joeys with their mums. The wallabies are fed between 12pm – 12:30pm.

Food & Drink

The Clocktower Café is located near Leonardslee House, near the entrance and exit and serves hot and cold drinks, light lunches, cakes and pastries. There is also a farm shop located here stocked with local produce where you can create a picnic to enjoy in the gardens.

The Courtyard Café is an extension of the Clocktower Café, and during the summer the Courtyard Bar also opens up, where you can purchase a refreshing glass of wine.

The Engine House Café is located next to the lakes in the centre of the gardens, which serves hot and cold drinks and ice creams.

You can also have Afternoon Tea in Leonardslee House which is served in the drawing-room with stunning views across the gardens and of the surrounding South Downs. The Afternoon Tea consists of finger sandwiches, pastries, cakes, savouries, and scones as well as drinks of your choice.

Please note: Only food purchased from Leonardslee Gardens can be consumed on the premises.

Opening Times & Ticket Prices

The gardens are open daily from 9am – 5pm (with last entry at 3.30pm) between 28 March – 31 October.

The gardens are open daily from 9am – 4pm (with last entry at 2pm) between 1 November – 26 March.

An adult day ticket costs £13.50 for those over 16 and children’s tickets cost £6.50, for children aged 5-16. Under 5’s go free. There is also the option to buy a family day ticket for £36, or to become a member for unlimited visits costing £60 for an individual.

Dogs

Dogs on leads are welcome at Leonardslee Gardens.

Accessibility

Unfortunately due to the steep slopes, the gardens are not accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs, however, there are all-terrain buggies that are available for hire.

How to Get There

By Car – Leonardslee Gardens are located between Lower Beeding and Crabtree, approximately 5 miles South-East of Horsham. The turning is just off the main A281 road and is well signposted. There is a very large car park so you are sure to find a space.

By Bus – The Number 17 bus runs between Horsham Station and Brighton, which stops off at Leonardslee Gardens (the bus stop is just by the car park). This bus runs from Monday – Saturday which runs approximately once per hour throughout the day.

By Train – The nearest train station is Horsham Station, which is easily accessible from London. From Horsham Station, you can hop on the Number 17.

Address

Leonardslee Gardens, Brighton Road, Lower Beeding,  Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 6PP 

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