Dramatic architecture

Expansive lawns set against dramatic ruins © Lucy Heal

Expansive lawns set against dramatic ruins

Explore the dramatic architecture of the house - part Regency, part pseudo-medieval, and now part ruin following a fire in 1947. Nothing is quite as it seems but our room stewards are on hand to explain how this intriguing house fits together.

Explore the Messel family rooms

Expansive lawns set against dramatic ruins © Holttum

Expansive lawns set against dramatic ruins

The house at Nymans is presented as Anne, the Countess of Rosse, kept it when she lived here.  The rooms are open everyday from 11am until 3pm.

Discover our collection

Explore the house © Richard Holttum

Explore the house

We have a large and fascinating collection containing almost every type of object.  Find out more through the National Trust Collections website?

Find foxy

Can you spot Foxy when you visit? © Richard Holttum

Can you spot Foxy when you visit?

When Maud Messel lived at Nymans she hid a toy fox within the rooms for her grandchildren to find.  Today, children visiting Nymans can still enjoy finding Foxy who is hidden somewhere within the Messel family rooms. 

Great War stories

Leonard Messel, WWI 

To mark the centenary of the First World War, we are holding an exhibition telling the story of the Messel family's experiences as a German family in England during wartime. 

Cooks' Kitchen

 © Nymans Archive

The Cooks' Kitchen houses a series of regularly changing displays on the working life of Nymans - past and present.

Coming soon

Look out for details of our new exhibition of paintings of Nymans and Sussex by Karina Knight, who specialises in capturing the light in interiors.

Take a tour of our dream house

The ruins lie in the heart of the garden in front of the main lawn

Tuesdays 12pm

Take a tour with one of our guides and discover our 1930s heyday.  Designed by the Messel family as a place to escape London life and enjoy the gardens, Nymans was a 'dream house' of creativity and fun.

Wednesday - sneak peek tour

Wednesdays 3pm

Come and learn more about the Messel family and how we care for the house and collection at Nymans.  Spaces are limited so collect your ticket from the front door of the house.

Discover our history online

Nymans has been part of the Messel family since 1890. Our history pages allow you to delve in to the past and learn more about the people who have cared for Nymans for over a century.