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“A lovely afternoon”
Review of West Dean Gardens

West Dean Gardens
Ranked #6 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 June 12, 2013

We recently visited these gardens and very much enjoyed the whole experience - the good weather that day certainly helped! As another reviewer mentioned, the signage leaves a bit to be desired but that did not spoil our visit.

Lunch was very good indeed and a look around the gift shop and plant sale topped it all off nicely.

Thank JimboLenham
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Reviewed June 10, 2013

The gardens are beautiful and well worth a long visit. The only problem we encountered was with the walks through the arboretum. Unfortunately, the plan given to visitors is not to scale and the walks are much longer than they look. Be prepared, especially as much of the walks are uphill. In addition there are no signposts at the beginning of the walk which is altogether signposted rather poorly. And finally there are very few benches on the walks for tired walkers to rest on. We only came across two on a walk of some miles. And not surprisingly they were occupied. However, do not let this spoil the true beauty of the gardens which are outstanding.

Thank LondonAlfresco
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Reviewed May 30, 2013

I have been here several times - usually in the late summer for the Chilli or Tomato Festivals.

The gardens are fabulous and in a beautiful setting with the South Downs in the background and sheep grazing. There is a great deal of variety in the gardens: a pergola walkway, herbaceous border, woodland, 'desert' area. But for me the most splendid part is the Walled Garden - truly one of the most magnificent I have seen. It is meticulously manicured and the Edwardian greenhouses are exceptional for the number, the variety of plants, fruits and vegetables in them. The orchard is lovely and the ranks of flowers and vegetables in the kitchen garden is amazing. I also particularly like the beautifully restored vintage mowers, watering devices, etc.

The shop and cafe are also excellent and there is a good plant centre too.

When the Chilli Festival is on it is very busy but a great day out with terrific food and live music.

They offer wheelchairs to borrow which was very welcome for one not-so-mobile friend.

Highly recommend visiting.

Thank Judy R
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Reviewed May 19, 2013

A beautiful walled kitchen garden maintained by an expert team set in lovely grounds. An excellent smart cafe, with lovely patio if the weather is right, for coffee, lunch or afternoon tea. Nice shop and plants to purchase. Annual events of the Tomato and Chilli Festival are deservedly popular.

Thank Louise S
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Reviewed May 16, 2013

We visit the gardens 4/5 times a year throughout the seasons.

The gardens are beautifully maintained and there is always something to admire - from the meandering walk by the crystal clear stream,the pergola,and the greenhouses and walled garden.The Church and churchyard are also worth a visit (access via a door in the wall opposite the main house).

We have always found the food in the cafe/restaurant good value and of excellent quality.Service is normally friendly,efficient and quick.

The gift shop is expensive but in any event it's often difficult to look around (see below).

Our only real complaint is that on a busy day it is often difficult to navigate through the shop because of the mixture of people trying to pay to get in,leave the gardens,look around the shop,pay for goods,etc all in the same narrow space.Disorganised chaos and frustration ensues!

Thank BOBOK777
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