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Nymans

Set within 33 acres of garden and surrounding woodland, Nymans is a great place to discover nature and pop in for interesting exhibition

This National Trust garden for all seasons, with rare and unusual plant collections, is set around a romantic house and partial ruins.

Discover hidden corners through stone archways, walk along tree-lined avenues while surrounded by the lush countryside of the Sussex Weald.

The elegant house reflects the personalities and stories of the talented Messel family and hosts exhibitions throughout the year.

Garden highlights include blossoms, bulbs and a stunning collection of magnolias in Spring and The Rose Garden, inspired by Maud Messel’s 1920s design, which is at its peak in summer. In autumn there are vibrant displays of native tree colour then winter brings pockets of perfumed daphne throughout the garden.

Keep an eye out for trails and the like during the school holidays.

Facilities

This being the National Trust there’s naturally a cafe, a gift shop and a plant shop on site with the cafe being upgraded and a new one added during 2020. More unusually, Nymans also boasts a secondhand bookshop.

Photoshoots

Planning a photoshoot for a wedding or other special occasion or project? Ask Nymans about using the gardens and ruins as a backdrop.

Weddings

You can even hold your wedding at Nymans, using the rose-covered arches of the Italian Loggia to say your vows. The Gothic structure is set within the sunken garden and licensed for ceremonies. 30 can be seated inside, more using the adjoining lawn.

Courtyard photo by Lisa Davies

Staplefield Road, Handcross, Haywards Heath, West Sussex, RH17 6EB

nationaltrust.org.uk/nymans

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