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Notice: Thank you to all dog owners disposing of their dog waste in a responsible way in the woodland. It helps keep the woodland sweet smelling and spring walking a pleasure. We also ask all dogs are kept on leads at this time of year as the birds are busy nesting and raising their young.

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 spring things to see & do

Step inside Nymans house © NTPL/John Miller

  • Take a guided walk with one of our garden rangers at 11.15am & 1.45pm
  • Step inside the Messel family home, open from 1 March 11am - 3pm
  • See an exhibition by Mariusz Kaldowski in the gallery from 7 March
  • Spot bluebells in the woodland 
  • Get all the family involved with a trail round the garden or geocaching in the woods


Bluebells in the wild garden

Bluebells in the wild garden

Bluebell & wild flower walks Sat 2 May: 11.00am -12.30pm

Discover beautiful wild flowers in the woodland with a guided walk with our Lead Ranger. The walk's free, just turn up on the day and there's no need to book. 

If you can't make it on our guided walk then pick up a woodland trail from the visitor welcome hub and head for the bluebell wood where the woodland floor is carpeted with bluebells in spring. (Woodland map & guide £1.50)


Highlights of the garden in spring

Photographing the spring flowers in Nymans garden

Photographing the spring flowers in Nymans garden

One of our best  spring highlights is the perfumed, flower filled walled garden. Full of daffodils, wild flowers and blossoms, a walk through the wall garden is a treat for all the senses.

Watch out for camellias, magnolias, bluebells and rhododendrons throughout the garden and take a walk in the woodland and wild garden to see all that Nymans has to offer particularly at this time of year.


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