Gardens and parks in East Sussex

Discover the wide variety of gardens and parks in and around East Sussex. From the grandeur and hints of Capability Brown’s style at Sheffield Park and Garden and the famous garden rooms of Sissinghurst, to the rose garden designed by Rudyard Kipling and the picturesque design of Scotney Castle’s grounds, there's something for all tastes and styles.

As long summer nights give way to cooler autumn days, the colours in our gardens across East Sussex and into Kent slide gently into warming tones. Pay a visit to see the glowing red and golds in the South Garden at Sissinghurst Castle Garden or catch the end of the roses in bloom at Bateman's. Every time you admire the flowers you help us plant displays for next year.

Gunnera growing in September in the wild garden at Bateman's, East Sussex


Take a late summer stroll through the September colour in the rose garden, or meander down to the wild garden to see majestic gunnera. As autumn approaches there’s the promise of plums, apples and pears from the orchard.

 Middle Lake at Sheffield Park and Garden, East Sussex.

Sheffield Park 

Early tinges of colour appear on the tops of the trees in September as the garden gets ready for the annual autumn colour display. Smell the sweet scent of the burnt toffee tree, which is the first to turn this month.

Down by the boathouse at Scotney Castle, Kent

Scotney Castle 

Rolling herbaceous beds throw out new colours at the end of the season. Wander to Kilndown to catch the beech avenue turning colour, or see the 100-year-old purple cut-leaved Japanese Maples.

South Cottage Garden at Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Kent

Sissinghurst Castle Garden 

Warm reds and gold mark out the South Cottage Garden, which is a riot of colour in late summer. Embark on a leisurely stroll across the 460 acre estate to admire the changing tones into autumn.