Visitor Information

A hidden gem in the High Weald of Sussex

gardens Sussex
Sussex Bluebells
Sussex rhododendrons

Admission charges 2018

  • Adults               £8.50
  • Concessions    £8.00
  • Children 5-14   £2.00
  • Carers               free
         RHS PARTNER GARDEN 2017
         Free access (Member 1 only): applies
         July and August weekdays (excl. group visits).

We regret that picnics may not be taken in the gardens. Please use the picnic area by the Gate Lodge where tables and benches are provided.
Dogs on short leads are admitted on Mondays

Location & opening times

Exit the M23 at Handcross. We are ½ mile east of Handcross on the B2110, in mid-Sussex, within easy reach of London, Gatwick and the South East.


  • Open 30th March to 31st October daily, except Wednesdays, 1pm – 5pm.
  • Tea Room open from 10 am for Coffee, Lunches and Teas.
  • Groups are welcome at any time, see Group Visits page

Accessibility information

Please be aware that High Beeches is a woodland garden and therefore the paths throughout are unmade, bumpy, steep in places and can be slippery when wet, wheel chairs are not recommended.
  • There are disabled facilities and the Tea Room is fully accessible.
  • There are plenty of benches throughout for visitors to relax and enjoy the views.
"An excellent place to see bluebells in all their glory"
The Times
There is much to see and appreciate throughout the seasons.
gardens Sussex
Sussex Bluebells
Sussex rhododendrons

Plant collections

High Beeches Garden has an outstanding ‘wild plant’ collection from all over the world, and the best ancient,acid wildflower meadow in the South East. Front Meadow is a registered Site of Nature Conservation Interest (SNCI). A wonderful display of rhododendrons and the National Collection of Stewartia Trees are also on view. Care has been taken in the design of the gardens, to arrange our collections in a way that achieves pure, natural beauty, and creates a unique ambiance.

Steeped in tradition

High Beeches house was destroyed by fire during WW2 when an aeroplane crashed into it, thankfully the beautiful gardens survived and can still be enjoyed today. High Beeches Gardens in Sussex is 27 acres of rhododendrons, rare plants, trees and shrubs. Declared ‘outstanding’ by English Heritage, it is a well preserved example of early 20th century woodland gardens. Loose yourself in the enchantment of the gardens, it's easy to spend a day here and not notice!

Conserving the gardens wonders

The High Beeches Garden Conservation Trust was formed to care for this important garden, along wit its native flora and fauna. Some of the plants in the collection are very rare - even within their native countries. We ensure the great variety of native plants grow on soil free of fertilisers and weedkillers, and carefully monitor the health of our collection.
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