The Original Garden Visitor's Guide


One of the National Trust’s premier gardens, Nymans was a country retreat for the creative Messel family, and has views stretching out across the Sussex Weald. Today it’s still a place to recharge the batteries where you can glimpse hidden corners through stone archways, walk along tree lined avenues and be surrounded by lush green countryside.

From vibrantly colourful summer borders to the tranquillity of ancient woodland, Nymans is a place of experimentation with constantly evolving planting designs and a rare and unusual plant collection. The comfortable yet elegant house, a partial ruin, reflects the personalities and stories of the talented Messel family, from the Countess of Rosse to Oliver Messel and photographer Lord Snowdon. Large shop, plant and garden centre. Café serving a choice of seasonal food. Grab and go kiosk during peak hours. Second-hand bookshop.

Free, daily guided walks. Small gallery in the house with changing exhibitions for every season.

Fact File

Opening Times: Closed 24 & 25 Dec. The house closes at 4pm 1 Mar – 31 Oct. Last admission to gallery is 30 mins before closing and gallery closes at 3.30pm in the winter 1 Nov – 28 Feb.
For more information and any other changes see
Messel family rooms in the house, 1 March - 31 October, 11am-3pm
Admission Rates: Adult £12.00 (S) £13.20 (GA) Child £6.50 (S) £7.20 (GA)
Family 1 adult & 3 children £18.50 (S) £20.50 (GA)
Family (2 adults & up to 3 children) £30.50 (S) £33.00 (GA)
Group Rates: Adult (min group size 15) £11.00. Group Child (min group size 15) £6.00. Groups must pre book
Facilities: Visitor Centre, shop, plant sales, cafe, teas.
Disabled Access: Yes, wheelchair loan available, Toilets on site.
Tours/Events: Guided tours, trails available. Mobility buggy tours of garden and woods. Events include family activities, gardening workshops, woodland wildlife walks, creative work shops.
Parking: Yes, coach and car parking available.
Length of Visit: 3 hours
Booking Contact: Nymans Administrator, Booking Telephone No. 01444 405250
Location: 5 miles south of Crawley.
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