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Great Gardens of Sussex

  • The ruins from the Main Lawn in April at Nymans, West Sussex. The house was destroyed by fire in 1947, and only the north-east end rebuilt. © National Trust images David Levenson

    The ruins from the Main Lawn in April at Nymans, West Sussex
  • Bluebell Railway - Sheffield Park Railway Station

    Bluebell Railway - Sheffield Park Railway Station
  • West Dean Gardens Victorian glasshouse in Walled Garden ©West Dean Gardens

    West Dean Gardens Victorian glasshouse in Walled Garden ©West Dean Gardens
5 day tour
From £345 per person - minimum 20 passengers

In this 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, Follers Manor 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.


Dates throughout 2022 & 2023

Suggested itinerary by coach

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 Follers Manor 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 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 (open Wednesday only).

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


Suggested Hotels – Inspected by Greatdays staff in July 2019

Old Ship Hotel ****

Situated on Brighton’s seafront, this 154 bedroom hotel is situated a short walk from the town centre. There are two lifts at the hotel, some rooms have a few stairs to access them. Coach parking is available nearby (chargeable).

Jurys Inn Brighton Seafront ****

Ideally located on the waterfront in Brighton, this bright and airy hotel is perfect for those who want the hustle and bustle of the city along with a great seafront location. There are 209 bedrooms, leisure facilities, and a lift to all floors. Coach parking is available nearby (chargeable).


Other hotels in Brighton are available – please contact us for details.

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

Dates 5 days / 4 nights 
2022 dates From £345.00 per person
2023 dates From £335.00 per person

Single room supplement available upon request.

All prices are per person based on sharing a double or twin room and with one free place for a coach driver or group organiser in a single room, both are based on a minimum 20 full fare paying passengers. Prices do not include coach hire or travel insurance. Dates are subject to availability. Smaller groups can be quoted for on request. Pictures are for illustrative purposes only. Our website policy is to use only copyright free images or images which have been authorised to us for free use by the owner. If you consider an image to be unauthorised or to be your property, please contact us immediately and if invalid we will have the image removed. If your image requires crediting or is missing a copyright statement then we will be pleased to add this to the webpage, contact us at

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