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NYMANS

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Handcross
Haywards Heath
RH17 6EB

On B2114.

33 acres

Tel
01444 405250

Visit website

Opening Hours

Please see website for opening dates and times.

Admission

Please see website for admission prices.

RHS members

Free access (Member 1 only) - applies when open.

Facilities

  • Assistance dogs only
  • Accessible garden
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children's activities
  • Free carer entry
  • Gift shop
  • Group rates
  • Parking
  • Picnic area
  • Plant sales
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets

Features

  • Arboretum
  • Autumn colour
  • Champion trees
  • Children’s garden (not playground)
  • Herbaceous border
  • Rock garden
  • Wildflower meadow
  • Winter garden
  • Woodland

About the garden

Owned by
National Trust

One of the National Trust’s most treasured gardens, Nymans is a garden for all seasons, with rare and unusual plant collections, set around a romantic house and partial ruins. The comfortable yet elegant house reflects the personalities and stories of the talented Messel family, from stage designer Oliver Messel to photographer the 1st Lord Snowdon.  

In spring see blossom and a profusion of bulbs in addition to a stunning collection of magnolias, azaleas and rhododendrons. The Rose Garden, inspired by Maud Messel’s 1920s design, is scented by hints of old-fashioned roses.  Dramatic shows of vibrant native tree colour in autumn precede winter’s structural form, with pockets of perfumed Daphne throughout the garden. Discover hidden corners through stone archways, and walk along tree-lined avenues while surrounded by the lush countryside of the Sussex Weald. The adjoining woodland, with lake and bird hides, has plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife.   

Make time on your visit to enjoy afternoon tea and cake in the café, or sit outside in the tea garden. Browse in the shop and garden centre, where you’ll find everything from plants and garden furniture to tools and equipment.  

Plants of special interest

  • Camellias
  • Cornus (for winter stems or spring bracts)
  • Daffodils
  • Dahlias
  • Grasses
  • Heathers
  • Magnolias
  • Rhododendrons/azaleas
  • Roses
  • Shade-loving plants
  • Topiary
  • 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.