West Dean Gardens



West Dean, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0RX

Tel: 01243 818210

West Dean Gardens


Creatively inspired by its rich heritage and South Downs setting, West Dean Gardens is brimming with features to enjoy. The gardens include a Walled Kitchen Garden and 13 working Victorian glasshouses, extensive and richly planted grounds including a stunning 300 foot Edwardian Pergola, and the fifty acre St Roche’s arboretum accessed by the beautiful two mile parkland walk.

A visit to the Gardens is the perfect opportunity to escape to the great outdoors for a few hours, enjoy nature and be inspired by the colour and form of all that the gardens offer. West Dean Gardens is now open throughout the year – offering new access to the changing colours and shape of the gardens in deep winter as well as their transition through the seasons.

Exciting new features to look out for at West Dean Gardens in 2020 includes the planting of over 100 trees across the gardens, immediate parkland and arboretum; the planting in our magnificent restored glasshouses; as well as a new-look cut flower and kitchen garden, so do stop by for a visit!

You will have worked up an appetite strolling through the grounds, so make sure to pop into the Gardens restaurant to enjoy freshly prepared lunches and afternoon teas. Breakfast is available from 9am at weekends and bank holidays. Enjoy teas, coffees and light snacks in the Gardener’s Cottage Tea Room or outside in the impeccable cottage garden.

Be inspired by the colourful and thriving displays and treat yourself to a plant or locally made gift in the Gardens shop.

For our annual programme of gardening courses, talks and events (including seasonal family events), view our events page here.

Dogs on short leads are welcome at West Dean Gardens.

Please check the Gardens website for the latest news on opening times and admissions. 


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  • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
  • Wheelchair user accessible


  • On-Site cafe/restaurant
  • Picnic Site

Establishment Features

  • Conference facilities
  • Event Venue

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking

Provider Preferences

  • In countryside
  • Outdoor Attraction

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun


Map & Directions

Public Transport Directions

If you are travelling by bus, from either Chichester or Midhurst direction, please note the number 60 bus stops very close to the West Dean Gardens entrance. However the stop is not marked on the stagecoach timetable or on their website. Therefore, if travelling from Midhurst it is the stop just after the West Dean Gardens entrance, and if travelling from Chichester it is the stop after The Dean Inn, in West Dean village. Visitors may enter the Gardens via the nearby pedestrian gate. Direct train services to Chichester are available from London Victoria. Connecting buses (Stagecoach number 60) are available from the bus station (adjacent to the train station), alternatively a taxi rank is situated outside the station. It is a 10-15 minute journey to West Dean Gardens.


  • Regional and Miscellaneous -Tourism South East Member Tourism South East Member 2021
  • Visit England Awards -VisitEngland Visitor Attraction - Quality Food & Drink 2017 VisitEngland Visitor Attraction - Quality Food & Drink 2017 2018

Opening Times

Opening times (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)

* Jan, Feb, Nov, Dec: Mon - Fri 10.30am-4pm; Sat, Sun & Bank Holidays 9am-4pm
Mar – Oct: Mon - Fri 10.30am-5pm; Sat, Sun & Bank Holidays 9am-5pm

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