Bluebells at Sheffield Park and Garden

Pheasant standing in bluebells at Sheffield Park, East Sussex

Mid April until late May is the perfect time for a visit to see the bluebells at Sheffield Park and Garden. There are plenty of places to enjoy them, whether you prefer to stick to the paths or pull on your wellies and venture off track. Here are the best places to spot them around the estate this spring.

In the garden

As you meander along the paths, you will find seas of blue throughout the garden as bluebells enjoy the dappled shade of our vast tree collection. Generally arriving a little later than the woodland bluebells, the garden display sits among other spring colour such as rhododendrons and fritillaries.  

" How the merry bluebell rings To the mosses underneath... "
- Alfred Lord Tennyson, "Adeline"

Walk Wood

Having been left undisturbed for years, this historic woodland has one of the best displays of bluebells at Sheffield Park and Garden. Walk Wood is a hidden delight of peace and tranquility, carpeted with bluebells throughout April and May. As it is off the beaten track, sturdy footwear is recommended and it may not be suitable for buggies and pushchairs.

Bluebells in Walk Wood at Sheffield Park and Garden
Bluebells in Walk Wood at Sheffield Park and Garden
Bluebells in Walk Wood at Sheffield Park and Garden
Whilst you're in Walk Wood, take a moment to look at the series of sculptures that have been created by local artist Keith Petit who lives and works in his native Sussex. As an artist, designer, sculptor and wood engraver, he is inspired by and likes to work with natural materials. The sculptures have been almost entirely created using materials sourced from the immediate surroundings.  The repeating spiral and portal theme that runs through many of the works is a nod to the power of life and creation Keith felt during his extended periods spent in the woods.
Root plate sculpture in Walk Wood, Sheffield Park, East Sussex
Root plate sculpture in Walk Wood Sheffield Park, East sussex
Root plate sculpture in Walk Wood, Sheffield Park, East Sussex
Bluebells at Sheffield Park, East Sussex

Join a Bluebell and Beyond walk

Take a tour of the woods during this colourful season as our Woodland Officer points out the historical and natural highlights.

Ringwood Toll and Skyglade

Take a stroll out across the parkland and explore the copses containing Skyglade and the  Ringwood Toll play trail.  This is the perfect route if you're visiting with children as they can run wild and enjoy the freedom and open spaces of the parkland.

East Park

The East Park circular walk has a spectacular show of bluebells and also gives glimpses back into the garden across the lakes.  It's also great for dog walkers, as this is the area where dogs are free to run off-lead.

Planning your visit

Sheffield Park and Garden is located midway between East Grinstead and Lewes, 5 miles north-west of Uckfield, on the east side of A275 (between A272 and A22). If approaching north-bound from Lewes, we are just past the Bluebell Railway, over the River Ouse bridge on the right. Coming south-bound from the A22 Wych Cross, follow the brown signs for Sheffield Park and the Bluebell Railway.

Parking

Parking is free and we have accessible parking available. It can sometimes become full on busy days and occasionally we have to close it to avoid queues onto the busy A275. We ask that you avoid parking on the A275 in these instances as it dangerous for you and other road users. Please note we have speed bumps on our driveway which may not be suitable for low clearance vehicles.

Bluebells at Sheffield Park, East Sussex
Bluebells at Sheffield Park, East Sussex
Bluebells at Sheffield Park, East Sussex

Admission

Normal admission charges apply for entry to the garden and Walk Wood. East Park, Ringwood Toll and Skyglade are outside of the pay barrier. Please ask at Visitor Reception where the bluebells are looking their best on the day of your visit and ask for a trail if you would like a suggested route around the garden or estate.

Bringing your dog

Well behaved dogs on short-leads are welcome in the garden and Walk Wood after 1.30pm. Dogs are also welcome on the parkland on leads and off-lead in East Park at any time. Leads are available to borrow from Visitor Reception.

Let your dogs and kids run wild
Boys running through field with dog on lead
Let your dogs and kids run wild

Eating and shopping

The Coach House tearoom is open every day serving hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, hot meals, children's lunch boxes, cakes, biscuits and more. If you're in the garden and would like to pick up a drink and a snack, visit The Shant (marked number 8 on your map), for refreshments on the go. There are also two giftshops open for browsing for souvenirs and gifts, food and drink, books, and pocket money toys.

Tea and cake
National Trust tea and cake set out on a table with spring flowers
Tea and cake