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Notice: We're making some changes to improve your visit and areas near the entrance to the garden may experience some disruption. Our garden and woodland buggies won't be running for a short while from the 29 Sept but we'll be back to normal soon.

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.

Great British Walk

Enjoy a Great British Walk © NTPL/John Miller

Enjoy a Great British Walk

Come and see Nymans in stunning autumn colour and discover our place with one of our suggested walking routes. Download a garden or woodland walk in advance of your visit or pick up a trail on arrival. 

Find your perfect walk

Autumn exhibition in the gallery


Sat 13 Sept - Sun 23 Nov. Open daily with last admission 30 minutes before closing.

This autumn Karina Knight returns to Nymans with an exhibition of her work showing how she paints the light in interiors and it's effect on objects and architecture.


Hallowe'en half-term fun

Don’t forget your fancy dress

Sat 25 Oct -  Sun 2 Nov 2014  10.30am -3.30pm

Join us for a spooky trail this Hallowe'en by following Willow the Wizard's footsteps around the garden to make his spell.

Watch out for hidden creatures along the way.  Suitable for 4 - 9 year olds. £2 per trail.

More about Hallowe'en here

Colourful autumn landscapes

Autumn colours range from yellows and golds to purples, pinks and reds © John Hartland

Find out our what's looking good in the garden this autumn with a gardener's walk to their favourite part of the garden in October.

With early morning mists lying across the valley, berries, fungi and spectacular leaf colour the garden and woodland are spectacular in autumn.

Find your perfect walk here

Woodland weekend

Toast a marshmallow on the campfire © NT/Nymans

Sat 4 & Sun 5 Oct 10am- 5pm

Join us for a celebration of our woodland with a weekend of demonstrations, displays and activities. Learn all about traditional woodland crafts and how our rangers manage acres of ancient woodland.  Try your hand at den building, geocaching and toasting marshmallows on a camp fire.

Find out more on our events page