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Staplefield Road, Handcross, Haywards Heath,
West Sussex, RH17 6EB

01444 405250

01444 405254


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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

1st Mar 2015 - 31st Oct 2015; daily; 10am - 5pm
1st Nov 2015 - 28th Feb 2016; daily; 10am - 4pm (Closed Christmas Day and Boxing day)

Coach parking for groups available upon pre-arrangement.
u00e1 Free cup of tea or coffee in cafu017d when arriving by green transport, including hybrid or electric cars, bicycles and public transport.
tu00e1 Some queuing into the carpark can be expected on weekends and public holidays, and during school holiday periods.

Parties/Coaches: Yes

A dedicated group organiser will help you plan your visit so your group can enjoy all of the following:
tu00e1 Reduced admission price for groups of 15 or more
tu00e1 Groups are welcome Monday - Friday (excluding bank holidays)
tu00e1 Welcome and familiarisation talk on arrival
tu00e1 Special interest tours in the garden (extra charge)
tu00e1 Licensed cafe serving tea, coffee, sandwiches, lunches and light meals.
A group visit would normally last between 2 to 3 hours but you're welcome to spend the whole day with us.

Group Appointment: Yes
House Open for Viewing: Yes

1st Mar - 31st Oct, 11-3, 7 days a week.

National Garden Scheme days: Yes

Saturday 13th June. Garden open 10am - 5pm. All proceeds to NGS

Best Times of Year to Visit:

Nymans has something to offer all year round: in Spring enjoy Magnolias, Camellias and Rhododendrons as well as daffodils and bluebell woodlands; Herbaceous borders and the rose garden are a highlight in Summer; Autumn colour is vibrant in the arboretum vistas as well as our Acer collection; Winter flowering heathers, snowdrops and scented shrubs amidst topiary are delights in Winter.

To see:
Admission Prices

Gift Aid Admission (Standard Admission prices in brackets):
Adults £12.20 (£11), Child £6.60 (£6)
Family: £30.80 (£28.00)
Group adult: £10.50, Group child: £5.80
See website for admission details.

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: Yes
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: No
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: Yes
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: No
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Picnics: Yes
Special Events: Yes
Other Facilities & Comments:

Dogs allowed: in woodland only, on leads during nesting season (1 March to 31 July)

Garden Features & Events

One of the great 20th century gardens with an important collection of rare plants, set around a romantic house and ruins in a beautiful wooded estate. We have a full calendar of events, from family trails to summer theatre and jazz evenings and creative workshops. Visit our website for more information.

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:
Inns & Pubs:

The Red Lion, Handcross The Victory Inn, Staplefield Black Horse, Nuthurst

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:
Description of Garden

Nymans is very much a family garden with inviting views across the South Downs and wild meadows contrasting with intimate courtyards.

The main views from the garden can be found stretching out from the pinetum and towering Lime Avenue and look out over the 600 acre estate of Nymans Woods. A more sheltered garden walk is provided by the elegant Laurel Walk which leads past the entrance to the original house, now sadly standing only as a romantic ruin after a devastating fire in 1947.

The Rose and Heather Gardens and Pergola are all striking features of the skilful and dramatic planting of the garden team at Nymans. The jostling colours and fragrance of the summer borders lead the garden through the spring into summer and the incredible display continues through autumn with the remarkable range of coloured foliage in the trees.

Part of the old house which was saved after the 1947 fire is open to the public and gives an insight into the lives of the Messel family, who crafted the garden for over half a century.

History Of Garden

The framework of the garden was set out by Ludwig Messel in 1890 when the estate was first built upon and the first house constructed. It was developed by Leonard and Maud Messel who introduced rare magnolias and exotic plants over the years until the garden passed to the National Trust in 1953.

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