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Notice: We're exceptionally busy this week with half term and forecast fine weather. Please check our website or social media before you visit to make sure our car park isn't full to capacity.

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.

Hallowe'en half-term fun

Don’t forget your fancy dress © NTPL/Andreas von Einsiedel

Don’t forget your fancy dress

Saturday 25 October - Sunday 2 November 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 ages 4 - 9. Normal admission applies and trails are £2 per child.

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.

The 31st Oct is also the closing date for applications for our open show this winter. You can download an application form 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

Half-term woodland workshops

Having fun with woodland activities. © NTPL

Mon 27, Weds 29 & Fri 31 Oct

Join our Forest Schools ranger for a day of discovery in our wild and wonderful woods. Choose from 3 different day long activities.

Activities are aimed at ages 8 - 14 and cost £20/25 for the day. 

Find out more on our events page

Spend Christmas with us 1920s style

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

Mon 1 Dec - Tues 6 Jan. 11am - 4pm.

Join us for a 1920s Christmas in Messel family style.Enjoy 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).