Gardens and Vineyards

Explore the Great Gardens of Sussex, Borde Hill, High Beeches, Nymans and Wakehurst - beautiful gardens entwined by their past, and resplendent in colour throughout the year. Relax in a park with views to the South Downs, discover private gardens or taste award-winning wine from Sussex wine estates.

Great Gardens of Sussex

Borde Hill Garden
Set within 200 acres of park and woodland, this beautiful garden features distinctive living ‘rooms' each with unique style; including the Rose and Italian Gardens. Early spring-flowering magnolias, camellias, rhododendrons and azaleas, give way to exuberant borders of roses and herbaceous plants and the vivid blaze of autumnal colour.

High Beeches Garden
A beautiful woodland and water garden with a plantsman's collection of trees and shrubs, and one of the finest wildflower meadows in the South. Discover tranquil open glades, glorious scents, colours and striking foliage contrasts. Spectacular in spring, early summer and autumn.

Set in the High Weald with splendid views, the garden is a series of experimental designs with spectacular planting and beauty all year. Both a horticulturalist's dream and a peaceful country garden, it's easy to lose yourself in its intimate and surprising corners. The house, transformed into a gothic mansion in the twenties, burnt down shortly after, leaving romantic ruins. The remaining rooms are unexpectedly charming, filled with flowers from the garden. Ancient woods beyond the garden dip into the valley, providing wonderful walks among avenues, wild flowers, lake and cascades.

Wakehurst & Millennium Seed Bank
This international botanic garden is Kew's country garden, featuring many rare and exotic plants from around the world, and an extensive arboretum. Explore rocky valleys, the Himalayan glade and the streams, lakes and water gardens, which are full of year-round colour and interest. It is also home to The Millennium Seed Bank, a global, wild plant seed conservation project.

The South East is fast becoming famous for its vineyards. and two award-winning Wine Estates benefit from the fertile soils of the Mid Sussex area.

Bolney Wine Estate
A beautiful vineyard set in the heart of the Sussex countryside. Wander through the vineyards, and taste the award-winning wine.

Ridgeview Wine Estate
This award winning wine estate is dedicated solely to the production of the highest quality sparkling wine from traditional Champagne varieties and methods. Group tours of the vineyard and winery by booking only.

Kingscote Vineyards

Mid Sussex's newest winery, close to the Bluebell Railway and the beautiful Weirwood Reservoir - this 160 acre site has a fully functioning vineyard and winery with visitor attractions, restaurant and sales area. Whilst there are currently 15 acres of Champagne grapes, Kingscote Sparkling English Cider  is also produced here.

There are also many smaller public and private gardens that are well worth a visit.

Beech Hurst Gardens
Haywards Heath. Run by Mid Sussex District Council, this attractive public park has a wildflower meadow, picnic lawn, croquet, bowls, petanque and tennis facilities. A steam-driven miniature railway runs through the park.

National Gardens Scheme
Under the National Gardens Scheme many local private gardens, both small and large, open to the public on limited days. A great opportunity to see individual private gardens tucked away in the villages.