West Dean Gardens in Sussex - View from the Pergola in June 2021

West Dean Gardens

Nestled at the foot of the South Downs, West Dean Gardens in West Sussex is one of the greatest restored gardens open to the public today.

Visitors can explore a wide range of historic features on a gentle walk around the grounds. From surreal trees to the restored walled garden, West Dean Gardens proudly presents its rich creative and social heritage.

Christmas at West Dean Gardens

Discover the magic of West Dean Gardens this Christmas with our festive events and experiences. 

Christmas Afternoon Tea and House tour - Various dates in November and December
Gather family and friends join us for a Christmas Afternoon Tea and exclusive tour of West Dean House. Enjoy a selection of seasonal sandwiches, sweet delights, scones, teas, coffees or English sparkling wine in the enchanting setting of the Oak Hall.

Christmas Lunch - 18 November - 23 December
Enjoy a delicious three course Christmas Lunch with family and friends at our Gardens' Restaurant. 

Try a garden-themed short course

Let the Gardens be your inspiration on a short course at West Dean College. Learn practical gardening skills or garden design from the experts. Get behind the camera lens and discover how to get the best images of the garden on a photography course, or join an art course and interpret the landscape on canvas.

Find out more about gardening courses and lectures or the wide range of creative courses available.

For shorter garden talks please visit our gardens events page.

Gardening short courses

Gardening short courses at West Dean College
Develop your gardening skills
Book your place on one of our gardening short courses ranging from talks, lectures, one day or long weekend courses.
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Support West Dean Gardens

West Dean Gardens is part of a registered charity and its upkeep and care are only possible with the support of generous donors, friends and legacy gifts.

If you share our passion for the gardens and gardening excellence,
please find out how you can help support their upkeep.