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.


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Blogs and Articles

Fine Art 12th January 2024

Revisiting historic unrealised stained glass window designs

Fine Art students recently visited the West Dean Archive to see some of the unrealised stained-glass window designs commissioned by Edward James in the aftermath of the fire that destroyed St Andrew’s church in November 1934.

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12th December 2023

2023 in review

Head of KLC School of Design, Geoffrey Makstutis, reflects on 2023 as a year of continued successes and new directions.

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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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