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One of the National Trust's premier gardens, Nymans was a creative retreat for the artistic Messel family. The garden showcases year-round colour and interest with rare and unusual plant collections of national significance. Stunning collection of subtly fragranced magnolias in springtime.

The Rose garden, created by Maud Messel in the1920s, is scented by hints of old fashioned roses. In autumn dramatic shows of vibrant native tree colour precede the winter’s structural form. Discover hidden corners through stone archways, walk along tree-lined avenues, all the while surrounded by the lush countryside of the Sussex Weald.

The comfortable yet elegant house, a partial ruin, reflects the personalities and stories of the talented Messel family. The adjoining woodland, with lake and bird hides, has plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife. A small gallery shows changing exhibitions throughout the year.

Fact File

Opening Times: From 1 January to 3 February and 4 November to 31 December property closes closes at 4pm.
Messel Family rooms open 4 Feb –3 Nov from 10am–4pm. Gallery closed for short periods to change exhibitions. Closed 24 and 25 December.
For more information and any other changes see
Admission Rates: Adult £14.00 (S) £15.40 (GA), Child £7.00 (S) £7.70 (GA)
Family (2 adults) £35.00 (S) £38.50 (GA), Family (1 Adult) £21.00 (S) £23.10 (GA)
Group Rates: Group Adult £12.00, Group child £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 workshops.
Parking: Yes, coach and car parking available.
Length of Visit: 3 hours
Booking Contact: Nymans, Booking Telephone No. 01444 405250
Location: 5 miles south of Crawley.
See for directions

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