South Downs

The rotunda built in 1766, and daffodils in the park at Petworth House, West Sussex

Wild coast, stunning wildlife, remarkable history - enjoy the top spots in Britain's newest National Park.

Places to visit

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Visitors walking through a garden in spring

Visiting this spring 

Our gardens, parks, cafés, shops and countryside locations are open to visit. Many houses in England and Wales have reopened, with houses in Northern Ireland expected to reopen from 24 May. Advance booking for visits helps us keep everyone safe and socially distanced. At quieter times such as weekdays, booking shouldn't be necessary, but to guarantee entry we recommend booking in advance, especially at weekends and bank holidays.

Nature news
Male beaver takes its first swim in the South Downs

Beavers reintroduced in the South Downs 

We've released a pair of beavers into a sheltered valley at the edge of the South Downs as part of our efforts to restore nature. The beavers will help us create a wildlife-rich wetland landscape. The project follows our successful introduction of two beavers at Holnicote in Exmoor early last year. While the animals settle in, we’re asking people not to go to the site, to give them the best possible chance of establishing themselves.

Places to visit

Enjoying spring across the South Downs