Group visits to Sheffield Park

Group talking at Sheffield Park

Sheffield Park and Garden near Uckfield, East Sussex offers a great day out for groups. With guided walks and plenty of room to explore, we'll ensure you all have an enjoyable visit.

Bring a group for a visit

Sheffield Park is an ideal place to visit with a group of 15+ people. We offer a great day out all year round, with pre-booked visits and ample space in the coach park. We offer a discount on our standard admission price, free parking and optional extras such as refreshments or a garden tour with one of our volunteer garden guides.

When's the best time to visit?

The garden comes alive with colour in spring with daffodils and bluebells quickly followed by our famous display of azaleas and rhododendrons.Waterlilies float on the lakes in the summer months with geese, ducks and swans often gliding through their pink, white and yellow blooms and our Waterlily Festival, which runs mid-June to mid-July, is one not to miss.

The view across Middle Lake
Sheffield Park Waterlilies including house
The view across Middle Lake

Autumn is the time when the garden really comes into its own thanks to the planting by Arthur Soames at the beginning of the 20th Century. the succession of the red, gold and butter-yellow leaves are mirrored in the lakes and pools that are so iconic to this garden. The display lasts several weeks and leads into winter where the scale of the garden is revealed and the scupltural forms of the trees are enhanced by frost or shrouded in mist, or sometimes a dusting of snow.

Autumn colours reflect in one of the lakes
Autumn colours reflect in the lake at Sheffield Park, East Sussex
Autumn colours reflect in one of the lakes

Useful Information

In order for us to accommodate all groups and offer a pleasant experience to visitors, all group visits need to be arranged in advance. We have three arrival time slots a day of 10.30am, 12.30pm and 2.30pm and we can accept 2 coaches per slot.  Once you arrive, we can offer your group a 5-minute introductory talk on your coach to tell you where all the facilities are located, hand over maps and answer any questions you may have. If you would like a more in-depth guided tour, one of our knowledgeable and experienced tour guides can be pre-booked (with at least 2-weeks notice please). There is a charge of £3 per person for this tour and it lasts for approximately 1 hour.

Booking your group visit with our team couldn't be easier
Group alighting from coach at National Trust property
Booking your group visit with our team couldn't be easier

Facilities at Sheffield Park and Garden

As well as a picnic area, we have a large tearoom offering hot and cold drinks, sandwiches, cakes and biscuits plus lunches served from 12-2pm. Outside there is a garden (where dogs are welcome) and a courtyard area with seating for warm days. In the garden on some busy days and weekends, The Shant is open offering refreshments on the go and light snacks. 

Enjoy afternoon tea in the tea-room garden
Afternoon tea in the tearoom garden, Sheffield Park, Sussex
Enjoy afternoon tea in the tea-room garden

We also have two shops, located in reception and down by the tearoom, perfect for browsing for a souvenir, local produce or a plant to take home for your garden.

Mobility Scooters

If any of your group have mobility issues and would like to hire one of our double scooters, these can also be reserved in advance. There are set timeslots available and each session lasts for 1 hour so please factor this in to your plans. There is no charge to hire a scooter but we do suggest a donation or the purchase of a raffle ticket towards the maintenance and repair costs associated with offering them.

Reserve one of our mobility scooters to get help get around the garden
Sheffield Park mobility scooters
Reserve one of our mobility scooters to get help get around the garden

Combining your visit with the Bluebell Railway

To make the most of your day out near us, why not visit the Bluebell Railway as well? You can take advantage of a joint offer at £23.50 per person which includes a 1hr 45 minute return journey on the train and access to the gardens here at Sheffield Park. The railway is located approximately 1 mile from the garden. Please note this is not valid during Autumn tints or when special events are being held at either location. The Bluebell Railway can be contacted on 01825 720800 and their website is www.bluebell-railway.co.uk 

The Bluebell Railway stops at Sheffield Park station
The Bluebell Railway stops at Sheffield Park station
The Bluebell Railway stops at Sheffield Park station

How to book

If you would like to enquire about a specific date to make a group booking, please contact our volunteer team on SheffieldPark.Groups@nationaltrust.org.uk or call 01825 790231. You can also download the booking form below and return it by email to the address above or by post to Group Bookings Team, Sheffield Park and Garden, Sheffield Park, East Sussex, TN22 3QX.

Group Booking Form (PDF / 0.025390625MB) download

For joint tickets with the Bluebell Railway, you will need to contact both offices to check availability and make separate payments and arrangements with each.

A group enjoying their visit
A group having a laugh on a visit to Igthham Mote
A group enjoying their visit

We look forward to welcoming your group to Sheffield Park and Garden soon. Please do get in touch if you have any further questions.