View of the front of West Dean College of Arts and Conservation with sheep in the field in front

West Dean Gardens

Nestled at the foot of the South Downs, the Gardens are 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 in the Spring Garden to the sunken garden and restored walled garden, or a parkland walk with views over the South Downs, there's plenty to enjoy. 

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Bed and Breakfast Accommodation

Whether you are coming on a short course, need a break or are visiting the area, bed and breakfast accommodation at the College offers a tranquil stay complete with free entry to the award-winning gardens and access to the heated swimming pool throughout the Summer.


Short Courses

Degrees and Diplomas

Blogs and Articles

Ceramics & Glass 18th August 2023

Completing the conservation of a 16th Century Maiolica Dish from The Russell-Cotes Museum

MA Conservation Studies student Elizabeth has recently concluded the conservation treatment of this 16th Century Maiolica dish from The Russell Cotes Museum. Read about the project in this blog.

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24th July 2023

Supporting Acts: Mounting a Suit of Maximilian Armour

This spring term, the metals conservation students were given a whole suit of armour to clean, conserve and rebuild.

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We are part of a registered charity and rely on the support of generous donors, members and legacies to help us deliver world-class education in conservation, design and the creative arts and maintain our award-winning gardens.

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