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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.

Summer open-air theatre & Jazz

open air theatre at Nymans

open air theatre at Nymans

A summer of open-air theatre & Jazz: July & August 

In July and August the garden is open for evening performances of open-air theatre and Jazz.

Set in the meadow, with stunning views across the Sussex Weald, our annual programme of open-air performance and music has plenty of choice for all, whether you're looking for a play that all the family can enjoy or a performance of Shakespeare.

Gates open for picnics an hour before performances begin. Ticket prices vary, booking essential. 

More information and booking here



Come play at ours this summer

play at ours this summer © NT/Lisa Davies

Have some fun with us this summer and enjoy dressing up, following a family play trail around the garden or having a go at one of our spotter sheets - ideal for little ones.

Choose from textures, colours, flowers and daisy chain activities, or enjoy natural play in the garden in one of the wigaloos or on the balancing beams,

Older children can play a game of croquet and complete some of their '50 Things'  - don't forget to claim a sticker for your scrapbook.

The exhibition in the gallery  'Playing with Imagination: Exploring Childhood' runs until 31 Aug. 

Find out more about a family visit.

Raffle fundraiser for the ruins

Our friendly volunteers support our events and activities © National Trust

Nymans Raffle 2015

The ruins are a dramatic centrepiece of the garden. Apart from Heritage Open Days access is restricted to a hard hat area only.

By buying a £1 raffle ticket the next time you visit, you can help us to secure and open the ruins to visitors all year round. 

We need to raise £10,000 in 2015 to carry out the first phase of the project. This will allow visitors daily access to part of the ruins from as early as 2017.

The first area likely to be opened up is the Great Hall with its wide ranging views across the main lawn towards the South Downs. 

Heritage Open Days 2015

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.

Discover more about the garden here