Autumn colour in and around West Sussex

Enjoy a walk in a spectacular landscape of autumn colour in parks and gardens across Sussex. From Petworth Park to Bateman's, find your favourite shade of bronze, gold and red this season.

Dog walker enjoying the view across the West Front

Petworth Park, West Sussex 

The autumn landscape at Petworth can be breathtaking. The native oaks and limes have wonderful shapes as well as colours, and they’re interspersed with exotics such as yellow swamp cyprus, flaming yellow and orange acers and vibrant red oaks. It’s an incredible sight.

A picture of a girl clasping autumn leaves

Autumn colour on the South Downs

Enjoying some autumn colour. Walking the dog. Walking off lunch. Walking the 100 miles of the South Downs Way. Whatever your reasons for stepping out on the South Downs, there’s a route that’s right for you.

The Lime Avenue woodland at Nymans, West Sussex

Nymans, West Sussex 

Set in the High Weald with beautiful views, Nymans is a romantic garden with a wooded valley full of rich autumn colour. Look out for the red foliage of the American nyssa and liquidamber trees. The exotic handkerchief-like flowers of the dove tree have a softer butter-yellow shade.

A wooden bench is set near an Acer palmatum by the Upper Womans Way Pond at Sheffield Park, East Sussex

Sheffield Park and Garden 

Centuries of design and care have created the landscape gardens at Sheffield Park with lakes, glades and woods with their remarkable autumn colours. It is often busy in autumn, here is our advice when visiting.

Close up of autumn mushrooms

Autumn colour at Uppark 

Visit Uppark this autumn and see the garden turn from lush greens into golds reds and oranges.

Spider web in the garden at Bateman's

Bateman's, East Sussex 

The wild garden is the focus of autumn colour with a range of ornamental trees and shrubs. Further afield, the amelanchiers and azaleas are particularly spectacular, and for those with a sweet tooth the bumper crops of blackberries on the estate walks are a juicy treat.

Autumn at Alfriston Clergy House, East Sussex

Autumn bounty at Alfriston Clergy House

With traditional apple tree varieties in the orchard laden with fruit and pumpkins peeking through their cover of leaves, this is the perfect place to rest and take inspiration as the days draw in.