Borde Hill Garden

Borde Hill Garden, Haywards Heath: Hours, Address, Borde Hill Garden Reviews: 4.5/5

Borde Hill Garden
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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A Great English Garden of rare plants and stunning landscapes make Borde Hill the perfect day out for horticultural enthusiasts, country lovers and families. Tranquil outdoor ' rooms' include the Azalea Ring and Rhododendron gardens, fragrant Rose Garden and scenic Italian Garden, plus subtropical dells and ruins. Woodland walks, adventure playground and events throughout the season. See website for details.
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Uckfield, UK18 contributions
May 2022 • Family
We loved visiting Borde Hill and have plans to come back! I visited with a friend and our two boys (14 and 17 months) and we enjoyed every aspect. For a young family it’s ideal, there’s lots of paths with flowers and shrubs either side of the paths (effectively acting as borders) so our toddlers could potter along the paths without going too far or going the wrong way. We followed a nature trail which was excellently set out and well run.

There’s a wonderful range of plants and flowers, some really interesting things and some beautiful and tranquil gardens.

We found the paths push chair friendly and didn’t have trouble getting around.

The cafe serves nice sandwiches and we were impressed with the quality, they’re also less expensive than some places which makes us much more likely to return. The picnic area is a nice wide open space with plenty of room for kids to run around and the play area is an added bonus.
Written June 1, 2022
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Max S
London, UK162 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
Lovely gardens! We were given a gift voucher to visit and came in yesterday (10/07/21). Have to admit, we did not know this place existed..

Really enjoyed our time exploring the gardens - beautiful array of roses, loved the Round Dell and Old Potting Sheds areas, spectacular colours all over; some amazing sculptures on display too.

Our only comment is that the one-way system is a bit confusing and does not make sense.

This place is definitely worth a visit and it is only £9.00 (£9.95 with Gift Aid) for an adult ticket.
Written July 11, 2021
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Horley, UK334 contributions
Jun 2021 • Solo
I liked that the grounds are so well laid out for different abilities, being a slow 40 minute walk around the main gardens, another 30 mins or so through the woodland or even longer to traverse to the lakes down the hill. There was so much to see and enjoy - vibrant colour, fragrant flowers, beautiful plants, trees and sculptures, views across the countryside, topped off with a welcoming cafe and shop, all socially distanced and Covid compliant. Around the site there are plenty of benches to sit, relax and take in the sights, sounds and scenery. The weather certainly helped make the day special but I have to compliment those who make Borde Hill Gardens what it is and what a delightful day out this venue has to offer.
Written June 24, 2021
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Jean F
Great Bookham, UK218 contributions
Sep 2020
It was some years since we last visited these gardens and we booked ahead, as is necessary now. On a warm and sunny day we were pleasantly greeted and given a map. These are delightful gardens and we enjoyed walking around the various areas, plenty still in flower and benches here and there to rest. There is a one way system, but at times the route was a little confusing, luckily it wasn't too busy. The rose garden is an area not to be missed, and even in September there were quite a lot of roses in flower; we have previously visited in June/July and certainly this would be the time when the roses are at their best. There is a small hut selling take away drinks and light lunches, not a wide selection and quite a queue, but pleasantly done and fresh sandwiches willingly prepared, picnic tables dotted around. There is Jeremy's restaurant and a café just outside the entrance, which seem to be part of the set up, so might be a better option, especially in cool weather. A small gift shop which we didn't visit.
Written September 26, 2020
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Julie R
29 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
I decided to take my elderly wheelchair bound mother to these gardens which are close to the rest home she has recently moved into.  I checked out on their website that the gardens were wheelchair accessible first.To be clear, i am a physio of many years standing so am very comfortable handling people with disabilities who are wheelchair bound.  I am also  physically very fit. The description states "Gentle slopes with hard surfaces allow wheelchair access". I challenge anyone of average  fitness to push someone in a wheelchair up some of these  slopes. Coming down these slopes was a bit scary for poor old ma!Additionally the hard surfaces were often uneven, of a difficult camber, of gravel type material,  or even  occasionally of unlevel crazy paving surfaces. Given this i would say that, of  "  the majority of the formal Garden accessible to those with restricted mobility" , actually about 20% would be more a accurate description for someone in a wheelchair and for those who walk with impaired mobility care would be required. All of this would be acceptable if we had been cautioned before we entered the gardens or if there was a reduced (?waived) fee for someone with a disability who can actually access very little of the gardens easily. Rather we paid a rather costly 20GBP for entry (or as i prefer to think of it...i paid a tenner for a very good workout!). I note another reviewer has mentioned this issue previously so attention to this would be good. The gardens, however, are simply beautiful and well worth a visit if you are able bodied.
Written May 5, 2022
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Redhill, UK924 contributions
Jun 2020
Naturally we had booked our time-slot, and arrived promptly, as is the way now; so there are no long queues, or too many visitors - social distancing! Having waiting for the allotted day we were lucky the weather shone graciously for us.
The admin was very organised, code to get in, notices telling us which way to walk, or not! Plenty of room to walk freely.
Met with another family couple, found a spot and chatted whilst having a small picnic lunch.
The Gardeners Cafe managed the small queue for ice creams & drinks well
The gardens themselves were in very good condition, despite the recently heat waves, and insufficient rainfall - so all credit to the gardeners, professional and volunteers.
We all had a lovely time.
Written June 27, 2020
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surrey955 contributions
Sep 2021
The gardens are a warren of "secret" pathways and hidden ruins containing interesting pieces of sculpture.
Our dog enjoyed a long walk round the lakes (on a lead) and there were benches and picnic tables galore.
Not the best time of year for colour but the rose garden was still a picture.
I loved it.
I could sit for hours in the Italian garden.
Nice that the house is still lived in by the family.
Written September 26, 2021
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Stephen W
Royal Tunbridge Wells, UK38 contributions
Sep 2020
My wife and I visited this garden for the first time at the very end of September following an overnight stay nearby. We had high hopes but they were easily exceeded. From the warmth of the welcome (knowledgeable and friendly 'on the door') to the truly magical environment, the various different areas of the gardens, the creativity and imagination that had clearly gone into the creation of the gardens and their maintenance and the charm of every staff member that we met, our visit could not have gone better. Sure, the warm and sunny weather helped, bringing out the last few butterflies and bees of the season but the colours, scents and shapes that we saw, blew us away. Would highly recommend the Jay Robin's Rose Garden, the Italian Garden and the Long Dell to name but three! We also got lucky by seeing the last day of the sculpture exhibition in the garden which just added to the charm and interest.

10 out of 10 - don't miss it.
Written October 3, 2020
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Ashtead, UK99 contributions
Jun 2020 • Couples
We visited today and were very pleased at how much work had gone into not only maintaining the gardens during the closure enforced by the Coronavirus pandemic, but how much extra planting had been done over the last 9 weeks or so. We really encourage people to visit as there are great planting schemes, numerous garden ‘rooms’ to reveal hidden treasures and an unfolding scene around bends in the pathways. We have been several times over the years and always enjoy the changing seasonal interest. The Italian Garden with it’s lily pad filled pond and beautiful water feature is tranquil. The Rose Garden has 750 David Austin roses, the smell is lovely and is a must to visit. The Mediterranean Garden even on an overcast day is gorgeous with huge terracotta urns filled with red geraniums and tall palms.
The Gardeners Retreat cafe have a lovely selection of cakes and refreshments and a beautiful sitting area. We walked in Warren Wood for the first time and loved the giant redwoods and little quirky ‘fairy door’ at the foot of an ancient tree, and the chair made from woven wicker and tree stump. Congratulations to all the hard working staff, it’s a real treat to visit especially during these uncertain times and we feel lucky to get pre booked timed tickets.
Written June 11, 2020
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Alan P
London, UK32 contributions
Oct 2021
We are regular visitors to the gardens, always early in the morning when you can get in an hours relaxing walk. On a sunny day, sitting by the pond listening to the birds just cannot be beaten before heading off on whichever circuit you wish, stopping off at the Gardeners retreat to collect a coffee and a piece of cake. That said, I do think the fountain/sculpture in the Italian pond has gone well past its sell by date and spoils a tranquil rest. Finish off with a peaceful fifteen minutes overlooking the fields and viaduct watching the buzzards and kites soaring in the thermals; a perfect way to kick start your day.
Written November 20, 2021
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