West Dean Gardens

About West Dean Gardens

West Dean Gardens are located in West Dean, a small village just north of Chichester. There is plenty to see, including the walled garden, greenhouses filled with an array of plants and herbs, a 300-foot long pergola, and lots of flint bridges over the stream running through the gardens.

The gardens make a great place to sit and enjoy the peace and quiet and have a stroll around, enjoying the many beautiful flowers and plants on display. In spring, the gardens are full of daffodils, tulips, muscari and Snake’s head fritillary.

If you fancy a longer walk, you can head across to the arboretum, which takes you on a steady incline across the field (which is full of sheep and lambs in the spring). There are 3 different signposted walks depending on how far you want to walk, but all 3 loop back around to the gardens and offer fantastic views over the gardens and West Dean College.

Food & Drink

There are plenty of great picnic spots if you wish to bring your own food, or there is also The West Dean Gardens Restaurant, which is offering table service outside at the moment.

Opening Times & Ticket Prices

From March through to October, the gardens are open Monday – Sunday 10.30 am – 5pm. Tickets cost £11 or free for children under 16. At the moment, pre-booking is essential.

Dogs

West Dean Gardens are dog friendly, and dogs on a short-lead are welcome in all areas of the garden. Water bowls are also provided.

How to get there

West Dean Gardens are located 6 miles North of Chichester off the A286 and the entrance is signposted. If you are using Sat-Nav, the postcode is PO18 0RX . There is free parking at the gardens, and overflow parking when busy. If you are travelling by bus, the number 60 goes from Chichester to West Dean Gardens.

What’s Nearby

West Dean Gardens are very close to The Weald & Downland Living Museum (less than a mile apart) which also makes a great day out. The gardens are also close to Goodwood Country Park, which is also worth a visit if you are in the area. There is free parking, and if you take a short walk up from the car park, there are spectacular views over Goodwood racecourse. Halnaker Windmill is also approximately a 15-minute drive away.

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