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Notice: It's half-term 25 May - 29 May and a Bank Holiday on Monday so we're going to be busy and may, at times, need to close the car park. Please check social media for the latest updates. Our half-term activities will run all week long so you can plan your visit throughout the week.

A garden lovers' home for all seasons, with an extensive yet intimate garden set around a romantic house and ruins.

In the late 1800s Ludwig Messel bought the Nymans Estate in the Sussex High Weald to make a dream family house. Inspired by the wooded surroundings he created a garden with plants collected from around the world. Here this creative family entertained friends and family, enjoyed relaxing, playing and picnicking in the garden and woods. Today it is still a garden lovers' home - a place to relax all year round and enjoy a peaceful country garden.

The house was partially destroyed by fire in 1947 and the romantic ruins of a fairytale gothic mansion remain. We are one of the National Trust's most eco- friendly properties and we aim to inspire a more sustainable way of living.

There is a large shop and plant centre with our special collection of plants grown on site, a cafe offering a choice of seasonal food made by us, and a Grab & Go kiosk in the tea garden.

Every day there are guided walks and talks in the garden and woods, a small gallery in the house with changing exhibitions for every season, a secondhand bookshop, shop tastings and mobility tours of the garden and woods.

For children there are natural play trails, geocaching in the garden and woods, pick up and go activities and school holiday trails.

Dog owners: Dogs are welcome in the woodland only and must be kept on leads during the bird nesting season 1 March - 31 July.

Top 5 summer things to see & do

open air theatre at Nymans © NT/Nymans

  • Take a guided walk with one of our garden rangers at 11.15am & 1.45pm
  • Step inside the Messel family home, open until 31 October 11am - 3pm
  • See our new exhibition - 'playing with imagination: exploring childhood' from 6 June
  • Have a go at our 'childhood play' family trail. 
  • See some open-air theatre 

More about our summer events here

May half- term holiday

Plant your seeds in a little pot!

Plant your seeds in a little pot!

Sow a seed: Sat 23 May - Sun 31 May

This half-term complete number 41 of your 50 Things to do before you're 11 3/4 and plant a seed.

We'll provide you with the seed, pot and compost ready for you to plant your seed and watch it grow. You can even make your own pot from newspaper if you're feeling creative. 

Care for your seedling over the next couple of months and watch the seed grow into an edible plant.

£1.50 per plant including pot and compost.


Highlights of the garden in summer

Lose yourself in the garden's intimate and surprising corners

Lose yourself in the garden's intimate and surprising corners

One of the highlights of summer at Nymans is the stunning flower borders. From late spring into early summer the magnificent 'June borders'  are full of colour and striking planting schemes. You'll find them at the top of the garden near the cafe. 

From July onwards the world famous summer borders in the walled garden are crammed with dramatic colour and subtle scents. 

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