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

West Dean Collection and Archives 23rd May 2024

Whose Heritage? project update:The Omani khanjar

MA Metals Conservation student Caitlin has been volunteering with the Collections team, helping to further the Whose Heritage? Project; aiming to re-evaluate perceptions of the ethnographic object from West Dean's Collection and how they are displayed throughout the Historic House.

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Short Courses Blog 16th April 2024

My short course experience: drawing inspiration from trauma

Short course student Julia shares her experiences on short courses at West Dean, and where her inspiration comes from.

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Help preserve our future

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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