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“Arboretum walk”
Review of West Dean Gardens

West Dean Gardens
Ranked #11 of 66 things to do in Chichester
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: West Dean Gardens is one of the greatest restored Gardens open to the public in England. Wander through the 300 foot long Edwardian pergola, visit the restored Victorian glasshouses, Walled Kitchen Gardens, Sunken Garden and orchards. Finish with a walk through the arboretum, Spring Garden and the peaceful parkland. Enjoy and inspirational day out visiting West Dean Gardens. A rare oasis of beauty and tranquillity in the heart of the South Downs.
Reviewed April 3, 2013

beautiful walk with stunning view from the top as you return towards the house and look down on the gardens

Thank Jenjen64
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

We took the granchildren to the christmas fair and we had areally enjoyable day, kids loved the skating and fun fair.
Father Christmas was great for the young ones, including me.

Thank Chris T
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Reviewed March 26, 2013

This attraction is local to us and we occassionally pop in during the seasons to walk the grounds which are beautifully kept. However the main attraction is the restaurant which serves the most divine home cooked food you could wish for. Just this last weekend we were treated to steak and kidney pie (tender, melt in the mouth meat with a crisp flaky pastry topping) with vegetables cooked to perfection and not a sloppy mess. This was followed by an orange (real fruit) and lemon curd bread and butter pudding - I thought I had died and gone to heaven, I have never eaten such a beautiful creation, not stodgy but light and refreshing. All this for the price of a meal you would get at a Little Chef but Heston would have to pull his socks up to get near this quality. My hat is off to the ladies behind the scenes for their excellent food. The walk round the gardens wasn@t bad either!!!!

1  Thank tartancustard
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

We have been going to West Dean Gardens for a few years now. It is one of our favourite places to go for a family day out. It beats Wisley for us.
The gardens are stunning, with the most enchanting aquifer running through them and lots of different areas to explore. The walled gardens and greenhouses are particularly pretty and demonstrate an amazing horticultural skill. The setting is lovely, in the rolling hills of the south downs, and there are some lovely walks up through the lands and woods for the energetic. The paths are of very good quality in the main areas of the grounds, so good for push chairs and wheelchairs
The restaurant is very nice, although we normally take a picnic.
The main house is a college and is not open to general public, but it makes a lovely backdrop for the picnic.
We have never seen the place too busy, so it is always a nice relaxing day. There are a few special events during the year, such as a 'chili festival' but we haven't been to any so far.
Nearby is the Weald and Downland Museum which is well worth a trip. For a bite to eat or drink you can always go the The Fox Goes Free pub in the nearby village of Charlton - lovely!

1  Thank TheSaintys
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Reviewed March 4, 2013

Recently on a rag rugging (& so much more) course at West Dean which gives you freedom of the gardens,an added bonus. Even in February the variety of plants is amazing. The early show of snowdrops mixed with crocus in great drifts was a joy to the soul. Signs of spring were everywhere from lambs on the downs to the budding shrubs.. To be able to access all this from morning to night just added to the whole ambiance of the course & when tired from all our efforts physical & mental it totally restored your spirits whichever direction you walked.

2  Thank Penelope S
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