Less than twenty minutes from our Inn, lies the beautiful restored gardens of West Dean. Nature lovers can enjoy wandering around it’s spectacular displays. Whilst there, you can learn about the history of the gardens and its restoration following the storms of ‘87 at the ‘25 Years of Glorious Gardening’ photo exhibition, on display in the Mushroom Shed.

Home to the UK's biggest chilli festival, West Dean Gardens hosts several events throughout the year. From open air theatres and recitals to Q&A’s with prestigious experts from the world of gardening and agriculture, there’s a packed events schedule to take advantage of.

Things to see and do

  1. West Dean Arts and Craft Festival, 1 - 3 June 2018, 10am-5pm (last entry 4.15pm)

    Get involved in creative workshops and explore installations throughout the historic West Dean House. Tickets give you access to live demonstrations from artists, makers and designers as well as full entry to the gardens.

  2. 25 Years of Glorious Gardening

    The West Dean Gardens restoration began in 1991, following the devastating Great Storms in ‘87. Jim Buckland and Sarah Wain transformed the entire landscape into what is now award-winning gardens with international acclaim. And, 2016 marked 25 years since the start of it’s restoration. Marvel at the astonishing transformation at the 25 Years of Glorious Gardening Exhibition, currently on display in the Mushroom Shed. Free entry with a ticket to the gardens.

  3. Victorian Glasshouses

    The awe-inspiring Victorian Glasshouses at West Dean Gardens are always full of colour. The impressive display includes exotic plants, orchids, strawberry plants, figs, nectarines, peaches, gourds, grapes and melons.