Gardens & Vineyards

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Anne of Cleves House Museum

Southover High Street, Lewes

Anne of Cleves House formed part of Anne’s annulment settlement from Henry VIII in 1540. The House is a wonderful example of a late medieval timber framed building. The earliest parts date from the late 1400’s, and there were further additions up until the 17th century.

Today you can catch the atmosphere of how people lived during Tudor times in the kitchen, bedroom and parlour, which have authentic domestic furnishings.
The house also contains the Museum of Lewes History and the Wealden Iron Gallery which illustrates this local Tudor industry.

The pretty gardens behind are inspired by Tudor planting schemes and contains traditional plants including a medlar tree. The café and Tudor tea garden has a separate access to the museum which allows non museum visitors to come and enjoy a drink in the setting of this beautiful former home.

Arundel Castle

Arundel Castle Arundel West Sussex

Founded in 1067, Arundel Castle is one of the largest inhabited and complete castles in England – a jewel in the crown of UK visitor attractions. Steeped in 1,000 years of history, the Castle offers a full day out with guided and free-flow tours of finely preserved rooms including the Baron’s Hall, Fitzalan Chapel, Regency Library and Victorian bedrooms alongside opportunities to ascend the Norman Motte and Keep and enjoy The Collector Earl’s Garden which was opened by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2008. Suited to visitors of all ages, the Castle offers an action packed calendar of events throughout the year from Jousting and Medieval Tournaments to Shakespeare in The Collector Earl’s Garden.

Arundel Castle & Gardens

Arundel, West Sussex

Ancient Castle and stately home of the Dukes of Norfolk, reflecting nearly 1,000 years of history with magnificent views across the South Downs and River Arun.

The stunning and inspirational walled gardens include the internationally renowned Collector Earl’s Garden, The Stumpery; the hot and cool Herbaceous Borders with contrasting foliage plants; the Cut Flower Garden and Organic Kitchen Garden and a restored lean-to peach house and vinery.

Do not miss the Fitzalan Chapel with it's own delightful garden planted in white, and the Rose Garden, with old-fashioned English roses, in what was once a Medieval bowling green.

Bateman's

Bateman’s Lane, Burwash, Etchingham, TN19 7DS

Beautiful family home and garden of Rudyard Kipling, author of the Jungle Book.
Nestled amongst the beautiful countryside of the Sussex Weald, Batemans is a 17th-century house surrounded by gardens, farmland and trees. You’ll find a Grade I listed watermill, a natural play area for den building and the Mulberry tea-room for homemade meals and cakes.
Open all year around, except 24 & 25 December.
For more information visit our website or call 01435 882302.

Bedgebury National Pinetum & Forest

Lady Oak Lane, Goudhurst, Kent

Open all year, Bedgebury National Pinetum and Forest is home to the National Conifer Collection.

The pinetum is recognised as one of the most complete collections of conifers on one site anywhere in the world, is a centre for international conifer conservation, and contains more than 12,000 trees, including rare, endangered and historically important specimens.

Bedgebury Forest offers facilities for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy activities such as adventure play, walking, cycling, mountain-biking, running, and Go Ape tree top adventures. The Bedgebury Café enjoys panoramic views across the pinetum.

Bedgebury offers events and activities throughout the year including family and seasonal trails, nature walks and talks, school holiday events, and Forest Live Concerts. You can even find a Gruffalo in the pinetum! There is also a dedicated learning team offering a whole range of learning opportunities for schools.

Bodiam Castle

Bodiam, Near Robertsbridge, East Sussex

One of Britain's most picturesque and evocative castles. Spiral staircases, battlements, portcullis and murder holes - Bodiam Castle is the real thing. Windows to gaze through where arrows were once loosed; towers to climb and ruins to explore where knights once roamed.

Bodiam is a place to inspire and let your imagination run wild. Our colourful castle characters bring the medieval world to life through intriguing tales.

Our tea room makes the perfect end to your visit, with a tempting array of homemade cakes and lunches. With lot of events throughout the year and open all year around, what are you waiting for?

Bolney Wine Estate

Foxhole Lane, Bolney, Haywards Heath, West Sussex

Bolney’s story began in 1972 when owners and founders, Janet and Rodney Pratt, planted three acres of vines to create what was then only the sixth commercial vineyard in England. Since then Bolney has grown immensely, now at 39 acres of vines comprising of five unique vineyard sites, as well as a visitor centre and café restaurant and an on-site shop. With plans to expand further, building starts for a new winery at the end of 2018, bringing Bolney to the next level of capacity and quality.The Estate, located on the edge of the South Downs and about 14 miles from the UK’s south coast, specialises in producing premium red, white, rosé and sparkling English wines. Bolney has won numerous awards and gained lots of fans all over the world. Pop in for one of our tour and tasting packages, for the over 18s. The Eighteen Acre Café Restaurant serves tasty local produce to indulge your appetite.

Borde Hill Garden

Borde Hill Lane, Haywards Heath, West Sussex

This heritage Garden is renowned for its rare shrubs and champion trees, created from specimens accumulated by the great plant collectors and tended with passion by four generations of the Stephenson Clarke family. Borde Hill combines outstanding vistas with tranquil outdoor garden rooms, including the fragrant Rose Garden and scenic Italian Garden.

Visitors can also enjoy woodland walks, picnics by the lakes, or watch the kids play in the Adventure Playground. There are unique events throughout the season including Roses in Bloom, live music in the Garden throughout the summer, and family trails during the school holidays. Dogs on leads are welcome. House and garden tours available for groups (15+ people).

Discover Worthing

Worthing, West Sussex

Nestled between the sea and the South Downs a weekend in Worthing will be packed with fun.
Take in a show at one of two theatres, try your hand at water sports, uncover independent shops and galleries including beach hut artists’ studios and artisan workshops, take a local history tour and dine out at one of many great eating cafes and award winning restaurants. Discover the largest observation wheel on the South Coast, which returns in April 2020.
With great transport links and good quality accommodation, Worthing’s central Sussex location makes it the perfect base from which to explore the wider area.
For ideas, inspiration and a calendar of events check out timeforworthing.uk/discover/

Herstmonceux Castle, Gardens and Grounds

Wartling Road Entrance, Hailsham, East Sussex

Set within 300 acres of carefully managed woodland with themed formal gardens to the rear, the 15th century moated Herstmonceux Castle embodies the history of medieval England and the romance of renaissance Europe.

Starting at the front of the castle, visitors have the perfect opportunity to take some photographs before walking around to Chestnut Tree Walk and heading towards Chestnuts Tea Room and the Visitors Centre, before taking a gentle stroll around our formal gardens and woodland trails.

The castle operates as an International Study centre and is not freely open to the public. We do offer conducted organised tours at an extra charge. Please check our website for times and prices.

High Beeches Woodland and Water Garden

High Beeches Lane, Handcross, West Sussex

A hidden gem in the Weald of Sussex which has been sensitively planted with many rare trees and shrubs to create an enchanting, tranquil woodland and water garden. In Spring bluebells carpet the many glades surrounded by the glorious colour and scent of azaleas.

The beautiful Rhododendron loderi flower in May and in June one of the best ancient wildflower meadows in the south is at its peak. Autumn brings a stunning blaze of colour provided by the many acers, nyssas and liquidambers.

Hollycombe Steam in the Country

Iron Hill, Liphook, Hants

Enjoy all the Fun of the Fair; steam railways and Hollycombe’s steam engines of national importance. You’ll be supporting a registered educational charity which relies solely on the money it receives from visitors. Pay once, and return again all season for free on most open days.

Experience the thrill of the world's oldest mechanically operated Fairground Ride; the world's first white-knuckle ride the Razzle Dazzle; and the views of the South Downs from the top of Hollycombe's famous Big Wheel. All set in picturesque Woodland Gardens, with a superb Azalea Walk, at it's best in May.

Hollycombe has a cafeteria and excellent Gift Shop with a wide range of Thomas the Tank Engine merchandise.

Leonardslee Lakes & Gardens

Brighton Road, Lower Beeding, Horsham, West Sussex RH13 6PP

Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens - ‘The Finest Woodland Gardens in England’ - are Grade I Listed and feature outstanding displays all year round, with plants collected since the 1800s and many rare ‘champion’ trees.

See the colony of cute wallabies, the deer park and giant carp, basking in the seven lakes that nestle in the woodland valley, a rare oasis for wildlife.

Visit the Rock Garden and Dolls House Exhibition; enjoy the gift shops and cafeteria-style refreshments; or book a classic afternoon tea in the Grade II Listed Mansion House, then dine at Michelin-starred Restaurant Interlude.

The year-round programme of entertainment includes live music festivals, arts and crafts fairs and children’s events.

Michelham Priory House & Gardens

Michelham Priory Road, Upper Dicker, Near Hailsham, East Sussex

Michelham Priory boasts England’s longest medieval water filled moat and offers a great day out for all the family. The moat encircles a site steeped in history dating back to 1229, from its foundation by Augustinian canons, through the destruction caused by the dissolution of the monasteries in Tudor times and into its later life as a country house.

On this picturesque island you will find the magnificent Tudor mansion, impressive 14th-century gatehouse with an interactive medieval gallery, working watermill and forge, replica Bronze Age roundhouse and Elizabethan Great Barn. In the 7acres of grounds discover the kitchen garden, physic and medieval herb garden. Visit the website for the regular events program throughout the year.

National Trust Nymans

Staplefield, Handcross, West Sussex

A garden lovers’ home for all seasons, with an extensive yet intimate garden set around a romantic house and ruins. One of the National Trust’s premier gardens, Nymans was a country retreat for the creative Messei family, and has views stretching out across the Sussex Weald. From vibrantly colourful summer borders, to the tranquillity of ancient woodland, Nymans is a place of experimentation with constantly evolving planting designs and a rare unusual plant collection.

The comfortable yet elegant house, a partial ruin, reflects the personalities and stories of the talented Messei family, from the Countess of Rosse to Oliver Messei and photographer Lord Snowdon.

Pashley Manor Gardens

Pashley Manor Gardens, Ticehurst, Near Wadhurst, East Sussex

Delight in the sweeping herbaceous borders, elegant rose and historic walled gardens, the productive kitchen garden, enchanting woodland paths and tranquil vistas that form this award winning garden.

Relish the gardeners’ attention to detail; savour the homemade, local food in the café; relax on the terrace with refreshments; be captivated by the exhibitions of sculpture and art; peruse the gift shop and be charmed by the knowledgeable, friendly team.

Visit during a special event to enjoy spectacular displays of thousands of tulips, over a hundred varieties of roses, perfumed lilies or colourful dahlias.

1 Apr to 30 Sept, Tues to Sat, Bank Hol Mons & Special Event Days, 11am-5pm.

Sheffield Park and Garden

Sheffield Park, Near Uckfield, East Sussex

This National Trust landscape garden and surrounding historic parkland is well known for its spectacular autumn colour, but is glorious in all seasons. Originally designed in the 18th Century by gardening greats such as Capability Brown and Humphry Repton, the garden contains four lakes joined by a waterfall and cascade, while the parkland stretches down to the River Ouse and the Bluebell Railway.

Families will enjoy the Ringwood Toll play trail in the parkland or taking part in the 50 Things to do before you’re 11 ¾ challenge. Pick up a free booklet at reception and see how many you can tick off.
The Coach House tearoom and two on-site shops are open daily and regular events take place throughout the year including talks, walks, family trails and outdoor activities.

See the website for full details.

South Downs Heritage Centre

Brighton Rd, Hassocks

A unique visitor attraction in a stunning oak-framed barn. Independent British artists, designers and makers regularly showcase their work to the public. A local Sussex butcher and the renowned World Cheese Awards judge and cheesemonger, Paul Heasman, join many other artisan food producers in the Sussex Food Hall. Book one of many art and craft courses or join us at one of our events. Visit The Museum of Gardening in association with The Budding Foundation or relax at The Barn Restaurant and Coffee Shop which serves delicious meals, snacks and teas. FREE ADMISSION. We are a growing community of over 60 artists, makers, foodies, educators, gardening history enthusiasts and volunteers.

St Mary's House & Gardens

Bramber, West Sussex

Enchanting historic 15th century timber-framed house, with magnificent gardens, and charming cottage-style tea rooms, in the picturesque award-winning downland village of Bramber. St Mary's is still a lived-in home, with fine panelled rooms, including the unique Elizabethan trompe l'oeil Painted Room.

There are five acres of beautiful gardens, with an exceptional example of the prehistoric Ginkgo Biloba 'living fossil' tree, amusing animal topiary, and 'Secret' Garden with original Victorian fruit wall and pineapple pits, beautiful rose garden, unusual circular English Poetry Garden, landscape water garden and Rural Museum.

Standen House & Garden

East Grinstead, West Hoathly Road, West Sussex RH19 4NE

Family home with Arts & Crafts interiors famous for Morris & Co.designs.
The hillside garden offers something for every season and footpaths lead to the High Weald AONB.
OPEN DAILY (closed 24/25 Dec).
Tel: 01342 323029.