Gardens and parks in and around West Sussex

Blossom and blooms are making an appearance all round Sussex, creating pockets of colour and fragrance that never fail to lift the spirits. Here are some of the best gardens to visit in spring so you can take a stroll to savour the sights of the season. Come in search of spring bulbs, blossom and bluebells at Nymans, Sheffield Park and Garden, Bateman’s, Petworth, Standen and Wakehurst.

Daffodils in the Pleasure Grounds


The pleasure garden was designed by ‘Capability’ Brown in the late 18th century. Today it is one of Petworth’s best kept secrets and well worth exploring. The serpentine paths, stone follies and spring blossom make this a beautiful place to walk. Crab apple and cherry blossom is interspersed with bluebells, rhododendrons and azaleas. Separate from Petworth Park, the Pleasure Garden can be prebooked with tickets.

Magnolias in flower on the lawn in front of the house


From the flamboyant waxy blooms of magnolias to the bright splashes of colour from daffodils and camellias, Nymans is the place to experience spring in all its glory.

Spring colour at Sheffield Park and Garden Sussex

Sheffield Park and Garden 

Colour greets your every turn at Sheffield Park, with shimmering lakes and woodlands glowing with bluebells. Find bobbing daffodils and camelias in hidden, scented glades. Vibrant rhododendron and azalea blooms are the sparkling jewel in our crown. Stroll through deeply fragranced corridors, with their larger than life flowers, as you take in the dazzling array of over 1,000 azaleas that burst into life between May and June.

Tulips on the terrace at Standen


From new blooms to soft birdsong, experience the garden at Standen as it comes to life in springtime, bursting with colour and new growth. A bold and colourful sight awaits you with fritillaries and hyacinths, wallflowers and pansies in full flower throughout the garden.

The Gothic Summer House

Woolbeding Gardens, West Sussex 

Nestled in a corner of West Sussex lies a horticultural haven bursting with colour, sights to inspire and a host of surprises. Visit Woolbeding Gardens exclusively on Thursdays and Fridays, from April to the end of September. Booking is essential on 0344 249 1895.

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Spring gardens in Sussex