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Notice: The house will reopen on Friday 18th April following repairs to the heating system in the house.

Outstanding 20th-century garden, set around a romantic house and ruins, in beautiful woodland

In the late 1800s Ludwig Messel bought the Nymans Estate in the Sussex High Weald to make a dream family home. 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.

Inspired by the garden lovers' home there is a large shop and plant centre with our special collection of plants grown on site as well as a redesigned café offering a choice of seasonal food made by us, a Grab & Go kiosk in the tea garden and woodland craft sales.

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.

Nymans features in new BBC series

The series was created for BBC 4 by Keo Films © Keo Films

The series was created for BBC 4 by Keo Films

Nymans is one of three National Trust gardens set to feature in a new BBC4 series, 'British Gardens in Time'. The four part series includes expert contributions from garden designer Chris Beardshaw, historian Andrea Wulf and National Trust Head Gardener Alan Power.

The series begins on 8 April with a programme on Nymans being aired on 29 April.

Cadbury Easter Egg Trail

2014 Cadbury Easter Egg Trail Logo

12 – 21 April, 10:30am – 3:30pm

Are you ready for a giant Easter egg hunt? With lots of coloured eggs hidden all around the garden you'll need sharp eyes to spot them all!  See how many you can find and then collect your well-earned Cadbury chocolate Egghead prize.

  • £2.50 per trail
  • Normal admission applies

News from Nymans

Plan your next visit to Nymans by reading Nymansay.  Nymansay keeps you up to date with seasonal highlights in the woods, house and garden as well as project updates and things to see and do.        

Drawn from Nature

8 March - 1 June:  visit our Gallery to enjoy botanical illustrations by Nymans Florilegium group of artists.

Open daily from 10am - 4pm (last entry 30 minutes before closing)

The Great War

Leonard Messel during WW1 © NT/Nymans

Upcoming this summer - a new exhibition in the gallery will explore the effects of war on the Messel family who were of German origin, capturing the individual struggles of the family during the First World War.

Sat 14 Jun - Sun 31 Aug.

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