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Group visits to Nymans

Group listening to a tour guide in a garden
Take a tour with one of our friendly guides. | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey

We enjoy welcoming groups of all ages to Nymans. Here you’ll find all the information you need to help you plan your visit to this enchanting house and garden in West Sussex.

Your group visit to Nymans

Group visits are available all year round, Monday to Sunday (excluding bank holidays), for 15 or more people. They must be booked in advance and normally last between two to three hours, but you're welcome to spend the whole day with us.

School groups can benefit from an Educational Group Membership, which is an annual membership giving free access for the whole school group at National Trust places.

The benefits of booking

A dedicated group organiser will help you plan your visit, so your group can enjoy:

  • Reduced admission price for groups of 15 or more (admission fees must be made as one payment on the day of your visit by your group organiser)

  • Welcome from a member of our team on our arrival who will help you find out all you need to make the most of your visit, from what's on offer in the cafe to seasonal highlights in the garden.

Get in touch about bringing a group/school group to Nymans

If you'd like to arrange a group/school group or self-led educational visit, please contact us so we can discuss your specific requirements and help you make the most of your visit.

When you book, we will need the name of the group and of the group contact, visit date, arrival and departure times, approximate group size and contact details.

How to contact us about group tours

For more information, give us a call call us on 01444 405250 or email 

Close-up of a group of people surrounded by topiarised hedging in the sun listening to a guide
A group enjoy a tour of the garden at Nymans | © National Trust Images/John Millar

Tours for groups

Guided tours/walks of the garden at Nymans may be available for smaller groups at specific times on weekdays if booked in advance. Your group booking coordinator will be able to help you with this when you are making your provisional booking. The tours last for 90 minutes and there is a small charge.

Free familiarisation visits for group leaders

If you're planning a group visit you can request our free Travel Trade Pass and you and a friend or colleague will gain free entry to over 300 of our places throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland for 12 months. There’s nothing quite like seeing or experiencing somewhere for yourself to help you plan a successful visit. To receive your pass, call 0344 800 2329 or email us at

Who is eligible for free entry?

Registered tourist board guides (on production of a valid badge), coach drivers and tour leaders escorting groups of 15 or more. National Trust members also receive free entry, so it is at your discretion whether to refund the entrance fee to members if you have included it in your package – this is not refunded by the National Trust.

Members must bring their current membership cards with them to avoid paying the full group rate. If any of your group would like to join the National Trust please direct them to our Membership page or call 0344 800 1895.

Close up of a group of children looking intently at something a guide is showing them
A group of children listen to their guide | © National Trust Images/Chris Lacey
The Forecourt Garden at Nymans, West Sussex in June

Discover more at Nymans

Find out when Nymans is open, how to get here, the things to see and do and more.

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Explore Nymans’ medieval style manor, part house, part ruin following a devastating fire in 1947. It now offers romantic ruins and charming rooms to explore.

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Visiting Nymans garden 

Romantic ruins, intimate gardens and internationally recognised plant collections all set against a backdrop of woodland and far-reaching views.

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The history of Nymans house and garden 

Under generations of the Messel family, Nymans in West Sussex has been through several transformations since the 1890s to become the house, ruin and garden you see today.

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Eating at Nymans 

If you're after a meal or just a quick pit-stop, try our winter menu with freshly prepared food inspired by the season. Quick snacks and delicious cakes prepared by our chefs are always popular too, especially after a walk in the woodland or garden.

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Education Group Access Pass 

If you’re planning educational group visits to National Trust places, then you could benefit from an Education Group Access Pass, which gives you free admission for a year.

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Touring Pass 

If you're travelling to the UK from overseas this year, buy a National Trust Touring Pass for entry to more than 300 places in our care. With 7-day and 14-day options available, the pass can be tailored to fit your trip. Discover where you can visit with the Touring Pass and how to buy yours.

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Group visits frequently asked questions 

Visiting us with a group? Then our answers to your frequently asked questions might help with any question you may have.