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Great Gardens of Sussex – NEW TOUR

  • Middle lake at Sheffield Park East Sussex ©National Trust images-Andrew Butler

    Middle lake at Sheffield Park East Sussex ©National Trust images-Andrew Butler
5 day tour
from £289 per person - minimum 25 persons

In this new Great Gardens tour we’ve brought together many of Sussex’s best privately owned and National Trust gardens. These include Nymans Garden, Borde Hill Garden, Wakehurst Place Gardens, and also West Dean Gardens. Nymans Garden is regarded as one of the National Trust’s finest gardens with plants form all over the world. Furthermore, the Borde Hill Garden has one of the finest collections of shrubs in the country.  For your added enjoyment we have also included a ride on the Bluebell Railway and a visit to historic Chichester. The Bluebell Railway is one of the first preserved heritage lines in the country, with one of the finest collections of vintage steam locomotives.


April - October 2019

Suggested Excursions

Day 1

Travel to your hotel.


Day 2

Nymans House and Borde Hill Garden.

We start our gardens discovery with a visit to Nymans Garden near Crawley, generally regarded as one of the National Trust’s finest gardens, with plants collected from around the world. Borde Hill Garden, one of the most stunning gardens in southern England, has one of the finest collections of shrubs, roses and trees in the country.

Day 3

The Bluebell Railway and Sheffield Park and Garden.

This morning we start with a ride on the delightful steam-hauled Bluebell Railway which was one of the first preserved heritage lines in the country commencing train services in August 1960. As a result they have one of the finest collections of vintage steam locomotives and carriages many of which were preserved straight out of service from British Railways.  Our next visit will be Sheffield Park Garden this great landscaped garden was created by Capability Brown in the 18th century.  Our final visit for the day is somewhere rather special. Follers Manor Garden is a privately-owned garden that didn’t exist before 2006. Since then the garden has appeared many times on TV, and has won numerous awards for its stunning landscaping.

Day 4

West Dean Garden and Chichester.

Today we head towards Chichester to visit one of the greatest restored gardens in Britain. West Dean Garden boasts a 300-feet pergola and 13 working Victorian Glasshouses. In the afternoon we visit the historical cathedral city  of Chichester. It is the only city in West Sussex and is its county town. It has a long history as a settlement from Roman times and was important in Anglo-Saxon times.

Day 5

Travel home.


Preferred Partner Hotels

Mercure Hotel Brighton ****

Situated on Brighton’s seafront and a short walk from the town centre, the bar offers great seaviews.  The 116 bedrooms are spead over 2 buildings. there is a lift and coach parking nearby (chargeable)

Copthorne Hotel Copthorne Village ****

Close to East Grinstead this large hotel is in a semi rural location with extensive grounds.  All 227 bedrooms have been refurbished to a high standard with  extensive leisure facilities. There is a lift plus plenty of ground floor rooms. Ample free onsite parking available.

Other hotels:

Chatsworth Hotel Worthing ***

This family run hotel is situated in the centre of Worthing and adjacent to the Sea front, just a 5-minute walk from the town centre. The main entrance of the hotel overlooks the beautiful gardens. The hotel has a bar, restaurant and several lounge areas as well as a games room on the lower ground floor, where entertainment is also held several times a week. There is a lift to all floors; however, some corridors do have a couple of steps. There is free Wi-Fi available throughout the hotel. The 97 bedrooms are en-suite bathrooms and mostly with bath and shower over and will be fully refurbished during 2017. There are tea and coffee making facilities, flat-screen TV and hairdryer. Adapted rooms are available. The hotel does not offer on site coach parking, however, pick up and drop off outside the hotel is OK.

Option: the choice of gardens included in this itinerary can be amended to suit specific requirements.

 5  Days
April- October 2019  from £289.00 per person
 April-October 2020  from £295.00 per person
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