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New for 2022

LEONARDSLEE LAKES & GARDENS

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Brighton Road
Lower Beeding
Horsham
West Sussex
RH13 6PP

Follow the B2110 through Lower Beeding, then at the end of the road turn left.

240 acres

Tel
08718 733 389

Visit website

Opening Hours

Daily, 9am–5pm (4pm winter), Jan–Dec. Closed 25 Dec.

Admission

Please see website for admission prices.

RHS members

Free access (Member 1 only) applies 1 Jul–30 Sep and 1 Dec–28 Feb.

Facilities

  • Accessible facilities
  • Accessible garden
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children's activities
  • Dogs welcome
  • Free carer entry
  • Gift shop
  • Group rates
  • Parking
  • Plant sales
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets

Features

  • Arboretum
  • Autumn colour
  • Champion trees
  • Herbaceous border
  • Organic management
  • Pond or lake
  • Rock garden
  • Sculpture
  • Wildflower meadow
  • Wildlife planting and features
  • Woodland

About the garden

Owned by
Adam Streeter

New for 2022: Leonardslee Lakes and Gardens were first planted in 1801. Located in the heart of West Sussex, the 240-acre Grade I-listed gardens feature outstanding scenery throughout the year and are particularly majestic as they bloom in spring or take on the glorious colours of autumn. For a perfect day out, make sure you visit the renowned Rock Garden created in 1890 by the famous Pulham & Sons.

The beautiful woodland gardens are home to renowned sculptor Anton Smit. The Sculpture Park & Art Gallery illustrate the artist’s contemporary sculpture and life works. Comprised of more than 50 monumental works, the sculptures sit in harmony with the woodland gardens, creating new vistas across the valley and seven lakes.

Leonardslee planted the first Pinotage vineyard in the UK. While the vines mature, visitors are invited to enjoy wine-tasting experiences from their sister estate Benguela Cove Lagoon Wine Estate in South Africa. There’s a rare colony of wallabies here too and you may catch sight of the deer roaming. Dine in style at Michelin Star Restaurant Interlude or indulge in afternoon tea in the Grade II listed Leonardslee House. Enjoy refreshments at one of the Estate’s cafés.

Plants of special interest

  • Agapanthus
  • Alliums
  • Alpines
  • Autumn bulbs
  • Bluebells
  • Camellias
  • Clematis
  • Conifers
  • Cornus (for winter stems or spring bracts)
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodils
  • Ferns
  • Fruit blossom
  • Fuchsias
  • Heathers
  • Hemerocallis
  • Hostas
  • Irises
  • Lilies
  • Magnolias
  • Maple
  • Orchids
  • Primulas
  • Rhododendrons/azaleas
  • Shade-loving plants
  • Snowdrops
  • Spring bulbs
  • Wildflowers
  • Wisteria

Get involved

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.