Plan your autumn visit to Sheffield Park and Garden

Autumn is a busy time of year at Sheffield Park, so be sure to check here for top tips on getting the most out of your visit.

When is the best time to see the autumn colours?

That really depends on the weather. Autumn colour can start as early as mid-September and last until mid-November. We have a huge variety of native and non-native tree species which all reach their peak at different times, so there will always be something to see throughout the season. The second half of October is often a peak time.

  • Follow us on social media to find out what is looking good in the gardens now.
  • Pre-booking is not required after November 14 at Sheffield Park and Garden. 
Late autumn colours in the garden
Sheffield Park late autumn trees towards Pulham Falls
Late autumn colours in the garden

Where can I park?

Parking is free but our car park can get very full during autumn, particularly on peak days (weekends and school half-term holidays), and during peak hours (11am to 2pm).  Weather allowing, we may provide additional parking on the parkland.  This does mean an extra five minute walk to the garden, but if you have any accessibility issues, please ask our friendly car park assistants on arrival and they will direct you to one of our accessible spaces. 

What about public transport?

Sheffield Park is accessible by bus from Lewes on Saturdays (121)

Alternatively, you can visit us by steam train using the Bluebell Railway link from East Grinstead, Kingscote or Horsted Keynes.  The Sheffield Park station is approximately 0.75 miles from the garden, reached via a walk across the parkland. Suitable off-road footwear is advised. 

Please do check train and bus times with the relevant company before travelling. 

Acer leaves in autumn at Sheffield Park, East Sussex
Acer leaves in autumn at Sheffield Park East Sussex
Acer leaves in autumn at Sheffield Park, East Sussex


Are the gardens accessible?

The majority of the garden is accessible, there are some slopes and paths made of a non-gravel surface. Mobility scooters are available to book in advance subject to availability - please call 01825 790231. Wheelchairs are also available to borrow subject to availability - please ask reception on arrival. Please note that the parkland and Walk Wood (when open) are rougher terrain.

During peak times please ask our friendly car park assistants on arrival to direct you to one of our accessible spaces. At other times, mobility parking is available in the main car park, 50 yards from reception. Additional mobility parking is located beyond the coach park, 50 yards from the tea-room. Please note this is 150m from reception along a firm surface that is uneven in places.

There is an induction loop in reception and the shop.

Assistance dogs are welcome across the whole property.

Accessible toilets are located adjacent to reception and in our Coach House tea-room.

The tea-room has easy sloped access suitable for wheelchairs.

Please do ask our staff if you require any further assistance. They will be happy to help.

I'm coming with my family. Any tips?

Sheffield Park is a fantastic place to visit for all ages. Be sure to check our Autumn adventures for families page for all the latest events and activities. 

Baby change facilities are located in the toilet block near Visitor Reception and in the Coach House Café. 

Sheffield Park is a breastfeeding friendly venue.

Can I bring my dog?

Dog peering through bridge at Sheffield Park East Sussex

Visiting Sheffield Park with your dog

Dogs are currently welcome in the garden at any time. Find all the details you need to know here plus information about our dog-friendly facilities.

We hope you enjoy your visit.