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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.

Art in the Garden

The new luminescent sculpture at night

The new luminescent sculpture at night

Deuxième Regard : Second View by Lola Muance.

12 Jan - 27 Feb 2015. 10am - 4pm.

Free event, normal admission applies. Free, Friday evenings from 23 January 5pm - 7pm to showcase the florescent brilliance of the sculptures.

French company Lola Muance creates site specific sculptures made from a variety of materials. This winter they will create outdoor art within Nymans landscape, transforming the garden with colour and light.

We're expecting to be very busy during evening openings so please check for updates on social media.

Winter wonderland

winter walk is full of flowering and scented plants © NT/Nymans

The winter walk that runs down the side of the main lawn is the obvious place to head at this time of the year, but be sure to also take in the winter-flowering heathers and beautiful stems in the Heath Garden.

The garden is full of:

  • winter flowering camellias
  • heathers
  • coloured stems
  • daphnes
  • evergreens with varieties of holly and conifer.

What you can discover in the garden this winter

A winter woodland walk

Nymans arboretum in the snow

Nymans arboretum in the snow

Put on your wellies and come down to the woods for a winter's walk. With majestic, towering redwoods,cascades of water, a lake and long winding paths,a walk in the woods on a crisp winter's day is both invigorating and refreshing.

If a gentle stroll is more your style take in the delights of the garden in winter. There's plenty to enjoy at this time of year and our café, shop, gallery and second hand bookshop are open all year round. 

Our garden rangers run daily guided walks that pick out the winter highlights, as well as the history of the grounds - every day at 11.15am and 1.45pm.


Spring wouldn't be the same without snowdrops

Snowdrops are one of the first signs of spring and Nymans has some beautiful displays throughout the garden.

Try looking in the top and walled garden, as well as spotting some other early spring flowering bulbs like crocuses and narcissi.

Winter flowers