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Woolbeding Gardens

Woolbeding Gardens is a twentieth century garden created by the late Sir Simon Sainsbury, great-grandson of the founder of the supermarket chain and himself a director then deputy chairman of the company during a key period of its growth, and his partner Stewart Grimshaw.

Midhurst, West Sussex, England, GU29 9RR

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  • over 3 years by Leaf x 5 / 5

    Wow, last day of you season and we were made to feel as welcome as we should be on the 1st, a lovely place and a surprise at every turn, Mr Grimshaw should be very proud of his achievements, I will come back on a sunny day and see all the different areas again... thanks for letting us in!
  • over 3 years by Anonymous 5 / 5

    An excellent garden with lots of stunning planting combinations. The garden is unlike other NT gardens and is well worth a visit. We parked at Midhurst and got the free minibus which was hassle free and the driver was very welcoming.
    Overall an excellent way to spend a few hours on an afternoon. If you enjoy visiting gardens then put this on your list for next year.
  • about 4 years by Anonymous 5 / 5

    And fab garden with lots of interesting planting schemes and very well maintained. The staff were very helpful and we used the mini bus from Midhurst and then enjoyed afternoon tea in one of the many cafes in the town. We were glad we booked because when we arrived a couple had been turned away for not booking.
    A must see garden.
  • almost 5 years by Anonymous 5 / 5

    Please do not ignore the NT website and park along the verge. It is destroying the verges themselves and making it very unpleasent for the local people. Also if it continues the gardens may be forced to close which would be a shame. Please do call and book to visit and use the shuttle service or the parking as advised.
  • almost 5 years by Anonymous 4 / 5

    An excellent garden - not quite up there at the top with Sissinghurst and Hidcote, but very nearly. The main garden is divided into many small "rooms" each of which is well planted and had lots of blooms even in mid-August. There is a separate valley garden about 400 m to the south with a lake, cascade, chinese bridge etc., accessible by a walk across a grass field.

    But ignore what the National Trust tells you about booking and access. We booked in advance as instructed, but when we arrived we just showed our cards and were admitted without them checking that we had reserved. If you actually pay for a ticket I'm sure you will be even more welcome.

    Also their website says there is no parking (except disabled) and you have to arrive by bus or on foot. We also fell for this and parked in Midhurst over a mile away. The footpath we intended to take was overgrown with vegetation so we took to the road. This is narrow with no footpaths. Many cars passed us a great speed, one giving us no more than a few inches clearance. It was very dangerous. BUT - along the road about 150m south of the garden entrance there is a wide road with wide flat grass verges either side along which many people had parked. So do visit, but ignore the National Trust website.
  • almost 5 years by Anonymous 1 / 5

    whats that big metal thing that dribbles water down it on the west side of the main house its hideous
    can i ask what it cost to produce and install
    it makes me feel like doing a saddam hussien
    on it pull it down now
    to post this i had to give a rating its not 1
    its -1
  • almost 5 years by Adam Hodge 4 / 5

    A garden of different characters! In the vicinity of the house, amongst various delights, is a study in formal small gardens within the walled garden area, along with classic long borders and an extra-ordinary sized stainless steel....feature
    South of the house is an indulgence of fantasy..a mix of quirky, escapist romantic amusement, and yet sufficiently charming to be a pleasure to enjoy. Go see!

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Woolbeding Gardens Photograph © Oxford Botanica/Adam Hodge
Elephant, Woolbeding Gardens Photograph © Anthurium/Katrina Underwood
Pool, Woolbeding Gardens Photograph © Oxford Botanica/Adam Hodge
Woolbeding Gardens Photograph © Oxford Botanica/Adam Hodge
Woolbeding House, 2015 Photograph ©
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House, Woolbeding Gardens Photograph © Anthurium/Katrina Underwood
Knotted branches, Woolbeding Gardens Photograph ©