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Group visits to Woolbeding Gardens

Family visiting the garden at Belton House, Lincolnshire
Visitors exploring the outdoors, London and south east | © National Trust Images/Megan Taylor

Woolbeding Gardens is the perfect place for your group outing. You can discover distinctive garden rooms set against thoughtfully composed borders, along with formal gardens that merge into the far-reaching rural landscape of the River Rother. It’s a picturesque backdrop for the many sculptures and follies you’ll see throughout your visit.

Group visit information

All groups to Woolbeding Gardens must provide their own coach or minibus transport into the gardens. Groups wishing to use the National Trust minibus service from the Grange Centre do not qualify for group talks or discounted group entry rates, and must book through our website as standard.

Explore the gardens

We recommend you give yourself 2–3 hours to enjoy Woolbeding Gardens.

Your group can wander through the garden at a pace to suit you. There’s plenty of places to discover including the Potager, Herb Garden, the Orangery and new Woolbeding Glasshouse and Silk Route Garden.

Look out for garden highlights, such as the William Pye water feature, Tulip Folly, Chinese bridge and Gothic Summer House with waterfall.

A group of people on a garden tour with the head gardener at Basildon Park, Berkshire
Visitors attending a group talk at Woolbeding Gardens, London and south east | © National Trust Images/John Millar

Group talks

Why not consider a talk for your group with a member of the garden team? The 15 minute talk focuses on the horticultural design and planting of the gardens at Woolbeding. It’s a great way to introduce the gardens before you set off and explore for yourself. An additional fee is charged for this informative talk, please request when booking.

Visitors exploring the garden at Basildon Park, Berkshire
Visitors exploring the garden | © National Trust Image/John Millar

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 249 1895 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.

Further information

• All group visits must be pre- booked in advance. We kindly ask all groups to provide their own coach or minibus transport into the gardens, as we do not have a car park or any onsite parking.
• Check the opening times to find out if we're open on the day of your planned visit.
• Coaches can drop off and pick up from the entrance to the gardens.

How to book

To book a future visit and discuss any special requirements, please get in touch at

Evening light in July on the south front of Woolbeding House (not National Trust) at Woolbeding Gardens, West Sussex

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

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A view of the ornamental fountain, church and south front of Woolbeding House (not National Trust) at Woolbeding Gardens, West Sussex

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Explore the 26-acre garden and see the garden rooms, classical Tulip Folly, ruined abbey, gothic summerhouse, river-god grotto and the new Silk Route garden and glasshouse.

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