Press Release: A state occasion, getting married at West Dean College

For the first time the atmospheric State Rooms in the Grade II* Listed West Dean College, with its unique character and arts history, are available as a wedding venue. The private19th century flint mansion, set in beautiful grounds and incorporating glittering chandeliers, walls graced with original artwork and wide open views, create the perfect sense of occasion for a wedding. Guests can arrive in style through the ornate gates and journey down the impressive drive, surrounded by breathtaking views of the South Downs. With a capacity of 90 for the house and 200 for wedding celebrations in the gardens, West Dean will appeal to those looking for an exclusive and unusual venue for their wedding celebration.

A marquee reception on the Picnic Lawn offers the alternative of an outdoor venue with stunning views of the South Downs against an exclusive backdrop. The bride and groom can savour every moment of their wedding breakfast surrounded by friends and family in the award-winning gardens. West Dean's stunning gardens, bursting with summer colour, offer a picturesque venue where photographic opportunities abound. Dedicated to the arts and with a rich history, West Dean College is an inspiring venue perfect for the most intimate gathering or grand reception.


For more information on weddings at West Dean and to browse the digital brochure visit or contact the Wedding Coordinator telephone +44 (0)1243 818258 or email [email protected].


Notes to editors

  • West Dean College is part of The Edward James Foundation, an educational charitable trust established in 1964, also comprising West Dean Gardens, West Dean Estate and the West Dean Tapestry Studio. Charity No. 1126084.
  • All photography is free to use for editorial purposes.
  • For high res images or information on filming or photography at West Dean contact the Media Relations Team.
  • West Dean College is situated on the A286, six miles north of Chichester and within easy access of Portsmouth, Guildford, Brighton and London.

Media contact information

For media accreditation or high-resolution digital images, please contact:

Irene Caswell, Senior Media Relations Officer +44 (0)1243 818301


West Dean College and Gardens, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 OQZ


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