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A Paradise for Plants in the Heart of Sussex

Borde Hill is a stunningly beautiful and botanically rich heritage Garden, set within over 200 acres of traditional parkland. It captivates and delights visitors with a series of intimate ‘living garden rooms’, fine woodland, parkland, lakes and outstanding views across the Sussex High Weald. – See our Garden MAP.
Delight in the wonderful scents and display in Jay Robin’s Rose Garden . Relax in the tranquil surroundings of the Garden of Allah. Enjoy the new plantings in the Italian Garden and Paradise Walk, and more.

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One of the country’s truly great gardens

‘Drama on the Hill’ – The Times

The Main Garden

At the heart of the garden, Borde Hill House, an Elizabethan Tudor mansion from 1598, provides a superb backdrop to the formal 17-acre Garden which flows into a series of linked ‘garden rooms’, each boasting its own distinctive character & style.
For over 100 years the plantings have evolved with the vision of seasonal colour and interest to compliment the plantings of Rhododendrons, Azaleas, Camellias and Magnolias. The Rose Garden and herbaceous borders add a blaze of colour and the sub-tropical Dells have an air of tropical mystery, whilst sheltered areas within a mature landscape bring unexpected delights.

Azalea Ring

A riot of colour from deciduous azaleas in May and early summer.

Garden of Allah

Quiet corner of the Garden with champion trees, magnolias and camellias.

Italian Garden

Delightful pool with a tranquility echoed by the Italian style plantings.

Mid Summer Border

A mixed planting of Gold Standard roses and herbaceous plants designed by Dr Tony Lord 2011.

Old Potting Sheds

Old buildings now used for Southern hemisphere plants.

Old Rhodo Garden

Some of the first rhododendrons to come to UK were planted here by the great Victorian plant hunters.

Paradise Walk

Connects the East and Est of the garden and gives access to the Italian Garden and Round Dell.

Rose Garden

Designed in 1996 by Robin Williams and planted with 500 David Austin English roses.

Round Dell

Sub-tropical dell with palm trees, bananas and architectural plants.
  • What’s On in 2014

    • Haunted Halloween Fun 24 Oct until 2 Nov 2014
      • 10am to 5pm every day 24th October to 2nd November 2014

        No extra charge to join in with this event, standard entry only!

        Meet witches, wizards, owls and bats! Complete the spooky Halloween trail around the Garden. Every day courageous explorers can complete the spooky Halloween trail, meet the resident wizard and collect a treat! The fun doesn’t stop there, then visit the haunted marquee for face-painting, craft activities, games, music, and homemade refreshments. Don’t forget the Adventure Playground, lakes and parkland!

        Dogs on leads welcome.

        Special event days:

         Friday 24th Oct, meet real owls with “Owls About Town”

        10am to 5pm

         Sunday 26th Oct, Bat Encounters with Sussex Bat Group

        2.30pm & 3.30pm  

        Wednesday 29th Oct, storytelling & activities with Story Box

        10:30am & 2:30pm

        Thursday 30th Oct, Bat Encounters with Sussex Bat Group

        2.30pm & 3.30pm

         Friday 31st Oct, storytelling & activities with Story Box

        10:30am & 2:30pm

         Saturday 1st Nov, meet real life owls with Owls About Town

        10am to 5pm