Highdown Gardens
Highdown Gardens
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Highdown Gardens is a unique chalk garden nested in the Southdown National Park to the north of Worthing, overlooking the sea. The 8.5 acres gardens are home to a National Plant Collection, a ‘living library’ of rare plants and trees adapted to live on chalk throughout the year. It is a place cherished for its intimate and peaceful character by local visitors through generations. It is equally highly regarded by some national and international botanical institutes, horticultural societies and gardens for its heritage significance and horticultural interest. Its extensive snowdrop and paeony collections, rare and ancient champion trees and shrubs growing in a challenging environment bring over thousands of visitors each year. Many of the plants are from the original collection started by keen horticulturist Sir Frederick Stern in 1909. Over the years, the gardens had royal & state visits with the likes of Queen Mary & David Lloyd George. Check website for seasonal opening hours
Duration: 1-2 hours
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John W
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Wonderful! The collection of plants is fascinating. Full of quiet corners to sit, relax, enjoy a picnic. Fabulous place to be on a fine summer's day. And free!
Written 13 October 2023
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Tweedy1938
London, UK155 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Family
We went to Worthing because it is the nearest seaside town to us. It didn't disappoint! There are enough POIs to occupy a few days. And there are a good selection of eating places.
Written 8 October 2023
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Lydia R
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
100% worth a visit. Beautiful little garden with lots of interesting plants & path ways. Loads of volunteers maintaining the area, and it's free will brilliant disabled access toilets. Also right next to South downs walk so excellent location
Written 26 September 2023
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Way2Kleen
Wembley, UK2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
Great view and atmosphere highly recommend this place for visitors and locals to pop in you will not be disappointed good
Written 13 July 2023
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Della I
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Solo
Delightful, well-maintained gardens, always worth a visit, whatever the season.
They are free to visit, but there is a green postbox near the entrance for contributions.
Written 20 June 2023
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Mary S
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Friends
A gem of a garden to wander and enjoy. Thoroughly enjoyable first time visit during the wonderful month of May. Lilacs, cercis, irises, alliums and the beginning of the peonies opening. What a bargain day out alongside a walk up Highdown Hill.
Free of charge but a donation can be made contactless at the garden or via their website which I have just made.
Written 19 May 2023
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Jane G
Worthing, UK10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
The gardens have undergone some improvements recently and now include a new visitor centre with I interesting displays of the garden's history. Lovely place to walk on a sunny day and some interesting specimen plants for anyone gardening on chalk. It's all free too, including the car park.
Written 1 February 2023
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TAH999
Shoreham-by-Sea, UK12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
We regularly pop into the lovely cafe for a break with our little dog.The service is excellent and the staff helpful. There is even a little
Written 31 October 2022
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john_on_road
Hampshire, UK133 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
Just went to the cafe there. Didn't see the gardens although they were recommended. Food is good and reasonably priced.
Written 5 October 2022
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Biffo109
Kingswinford, UK149 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
Interesting gem of a place, lots of different plants, visitors centre could do with being by the front so folks could buy guides at least if it’s open as not much information on a lot of the plants.
One thing they need to sort out is their opening times, if you search for high down it tells you all weekend it’s closed I guess there links are to the office hours & not the opening hours further down their webpage !!
Written 18 September 2022
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