Come and discover 50 rescued traditional buildings in a rural landscape, which tell the stories of the people who lived and worked in the Weald and Downland region over a 950-year period.
A garden for all seasons, with rare and unusual plant collections, set around a romantic house and partial ruins. The comfortable, yet elegant, house reflects the personalities and stories of the talented Messel family.
In spring see blossom, bulbs and a stunning collection of subtly fragranced magnolias. The Rose Garden, inspired by Maud Messel’s 1920s design, is scented by hints of old-fashioned roses. Dramatic shows of vibrant native tree colour in autumn precede winter’s structural form, with pockets of perfumed daphne throughout the garden.
Discover hidden corners through stone archways, walk along tree-lined avenues while surrounded by the lush countryside of the Sussex Weald. The adjoining woodland, with lake and bird hides, has plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife.
Large shop, plant centre and cafe. For house opening hours – please see website for details.
Exciting prairie garden of approx. 8 acres crammed with colour. Planted in the naturalistic style using 50,000 plants and over 800 different varieties. Expect layers of colour, texture and splendour. Unusual plants for sale , teas ,coffee and home baking. Rare breed sheep and pigs. Permanent and exhibited sculpture collection.
Jutting out into the English Channel, Dungeness is the UK’s only desert landscape and home to many special animals including lizards, rare bumblebees and the endemic Sussex emerald moth. It is a magnet for all kinds of birdlife, from huge flocks of waterbirds to beautiful birds of prey, notably hobbies in the summer and marsh harriers all year round. Dungeness is also one of the few places in the South East with bearded tits – delicately marked birds found only in reedbeds.
One of Sussex’s few undeveloped stretches of coastline, Pagham Harbour combines beautiful landscapes with a rich historical heritage – and a wealth of wildlife. As the sheltered inlet at the heart of the reserve fills and empties with the tide, watch ducks, geese and wading birds fly to and fro. Resident little egrets and lapwings are joined by passing migrants in spring, while summer sees breeding little terns, butterflies flitting along the hedgerows, dragonflies hovering over ponds and lizards basking in the sun.
In the glorious South Downs National Park, Pulborough Brooks has amazing views of the Arun Valley. It provides an all-year-round home for nature, with highlights including the nightingale, famed for the beauty of its song, whistling wigeons in flooded winter meadows, and pretty butterflies and dragonflies amongst the wild flowers in the sunnier months. The variety of habitats, including wetlands, woodland and heathland, bring with them a wonderful variety of species to enjoy.
Experience the echoes of England’s extraordinary past in this unique blend of historic coast and unspoilt countryside. With its famous arts, music and medieval festivals, enchanting gardens and walks, attractions to suit all ages, museums and castles, antique shops and unrivalled local produce. There is no other place with such a rich past and great future. 2016 – 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings – come celebrate!
From prehistoric sea creatures and ancient monuments through to smugglers and mystical fairy loaves, this NEW exhibition, visitor centre and gift shop at the start of the South Downs National Park reveals the stories behind the people who lived, worked and were inspired by the spectacular landscape around one of the UK’s most iconic lighthouses and chalk cliff coastline.
Centrally located in Sussex, this area boasts the High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the South Downs National Park. Renowned for its walking, cycling and birdwatching the area offers the finest local food and drink, with an array of vineyards, micro-breweries, cheesemakers, fresh produce and local crafts. And the historic houses, gardens and the many steam trains railways are not to be missed either!
We are now open.
On this spot in the year 1066, the armies of King Harold and William the Conqueror clashed at the Battle of Hastings. Now you can stand on the very site where this decisive struggle was fought and England’s future decided and explore the abbey ruins.