Explore Nymans estate

Haywards Heath, Sussex

Commanding great views from atop the rolling hills of Sussex, Nymans stands proud as one of Britain’s top gardens.

The Nymans estate was created by three generations of the Messel family and their gardeners.

Nymans has survived a fire which burnt down most of the house in the ‘20s and a hurricane in 1987 which destroyed 487 trees. In fact, it‘s not only survived, but blossomed.
The 50-acre garden and 275 acres of woodland feature a series of experimental designs with many rare and important plants for year-round beauty.

In the spring, the ancient woods are a sea of bluebells. Come summertime, the formal borders and wildflower meadows are filled with colour. In autumn the Arboretum is ablaze with rich yellows and fiery oranges. Even in the depths of winter, the snowdrops, camellias and the scent of Daphnes burst forth. In short, there are walks, views, dazzling colours and exquisite scents for every season. Which makes it worth visiting at least four times a year, we think!

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©National Trust Images/Clive Nichols
©National Trust Images/Clive Nichols
©National Trust Images/Clive Nichols

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