This section of the page features an image gallery, so if you're using a screen reader you may wish to jump to the main content.

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.

Autumn exhibition

Never a cloud in the sky © Carol Lawson 2014

The mysteries of Nymans revealed

Mon 7 Sept - Sun 22 Nov 2015: Open daily 10am - 4.30pm with last entry 30 mins before close. Galley closes at 3.30pm from 1 Nov (last entry 15 mins before close).

Everyday places and objects are transformed into the extraordinary by local illustrators Chris McEwan and Carol Lawson.

Using elements of Nymans to inspire the imagination, this exhibition will showcase their artwork in publishing, book illustrations and advertising. Free entrance, normal garden admission applies. 

Find out more about the exhibition

Hallowe'en at Nymans

Take a spooky trail at Nymans

Take a spooky trail at Nymans

Spooky Nymans from Sat 24 Oct - Sun 1 Nov: 10.30am - 3.30pm

Hallowe'en is nearly here and it's time to go on a spooky quest with Ruby the Ranger or George the Gardener. George has travelled far into the mysterious land of 'Hortus' to find the hidden artefacts of the Mulch people.  Take his creepy trail around the garden or explore further down in the woods with Ruby the Ranger's trail where you'll follow trail clues to discover some mythical creatures that live in the woodland. 

£2 per trail, normal garden admission applies.

Events at Nymans 

Raffle fundraising for the ruins

View through the windows of the ruined great hall at Nymans © NT/Lisa Davies:

By buying a £1 raffle ticket during your visit you can help us to secure and open the ruins to visitors all year round.  

We need to raise £10,000 in 2015 to carry out the first phase of the project which will allow visitors daily access to part of the ruins from as early as 2017.

Access is normally on Heritage Open Days only and the ruins are a hard hat area. To make more frequent access possible for everyone please help support us by buying a ticket next time you visit. 

Find out more about the original house 


The Great British Walk

Enjoy the changing colours of the leaves on an autumn woodland walk

Enjoy the changing colours of the leaves on an autumn woodland walk

Get your walking boots on and see some fabulous kaleidoscopic colour this autumn at Nymans.

From a leisurely garden stroll to an energetic woodland trek, there's lots to take in on foot this season, both by self-led trail or by guided tour.

Try out one of our downloadable woodland walks (below) or check our events listing for details of walking events. We've daily guided garden walks at 11:15am and 1:45pm and a variety of themed walks from fungi walks to an autumn highlights walk with our head gardener.

Events at Nymans