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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.

Spend Christmas with us 1920s style.

Enjoy some time with us this Christmas  © NTI/John Miller

Enjoy some time with us this Christmas

Monday 1 December - Tuesday 6 January 11am - 4pm.

Join us for a 1920s Christmas with a stroll down the festively lit garden to the candlelit Garden Hall. There'll be family activities, music playing, candlelight and Christmas trees.

(The house closes at 3pm and the last Christmas visit is the 24 Dec).

Christmas family trail

Children enjoying the Christmas trail at Nymans © NT/Lisa Davies

1 Dec 2014 - 6 Jan 2015: 10.30am - 3.30pm. £1 per trail

The Messel family children enjoyed dressing up and playing in the garden. We've hidden photos of them dressed up as Father Christmas - can you find all 100 as well as 7 dressing up props that they might have used?

Find out more about the trail here


Coming soon....outdoor art

luminescent sculptures by Lola Muance

luminescent sculptures by Lola Muance

Deuxième Regard : Second View by Lola Muance.

12 Jan - 27 Feb 2015. 10am - 4pm. Free event, normal admission applies. 

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.

Launching on 12 January visitors will be able to wander and wonder at Lola Muance's latest creation in luminescent sculptures. Exuding passion, poetry and playfulness the creation takes on a different look and feel at night when the sculptures are lit.

We'll also be opening for free Friday evenings from 16 January 5pm - 7pm to showcase the florescent brilliance of the sculptures.

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

Festive walks

Ducks skate over ice across the lake © National Trust/Chloe Bradbrooke

Put on your wellies, come down to the woods and walk off your winter feasts with us. With majestic, towering redwoods,cascades of water, a lake and long winding paths,a walk in the woods over Christmas is the perfect detox.