Groups & Tours

Ideally located near to a number of other beautiful gardens, Borde Hill is the perfect destination for groups touring the Sussex counties and for local groups looking for a memorable day out.

We have something to offer groups every day during the open season, from talks and tours to a varied event programme. Join one of our expert guides for a tour to find out about the history of the Garden and what it takes to maintain this oasis of tranquillity.

Enhance your visit further with a pre-bookable buffet lunch or afternoon tea tailored to your group’s requirements and served inside a dedicated marquee, with take-away options also available.


Take a tour of the 17-acre formal garden. Designed as a series of outdoor ‘rooms’, each has its own distinctive character, with planting schemes which add variety, colour and interest throughout the seasons.

£95 for up to 25 people* (excluding Garden entry)

Enhance your visit with an exclusive 45 minute guided tour of the principal ground floor rooms of the impressive Grade II listed Elizabethan Mansion house. Delve into its history dating from 1590 and gain an insight into the lives and ancestors of the current owners, Mr and Mrs Andrewjohn Stephenson Clarke (weekdays only).

£95 for up to 25 people* (excluding Garden entry)
Availability to be confirmed

Garden Tours


Take a tour of the 17-acre formal garden. Designed as a series of outdoor ‘rooms’, each has its own distinctive character, with planting schemes which add variety, colour and interest throughout the seasons.

£95 for up to 25 people* (excluding Garden entry)

House Tours

Enhance your visit with an exclusive 45 minute guided tour of the principal ground floor rooms of the impressive Grade II listed Elizabethan Mansion house. Delve into its history dating from 1590 and gain an insight into the lives and ancestors of the current owners, Mr and Mrs Andrewjohn Stephenson Clarke (weekdays only).

£95 for up to 25 people* (excluding Garden entry)
Availability to be confirmed

Our catering options for pre-booked groups of 10+ include:

Seated in the marquee, or to take-away

Menu: one of our signature fruit scones, Cornish clotted cream, locally produced pot of jam, Clipper tea or single estate filter coffee (gluten-free scones available on request)

£5.75 per person, plus Garden entry

Seated inside the marquee

Menu: one fruit scone, Cornish clotted cream, homemade jam, selection of mini homemade cakes, selection of finger sandwiches, Clipper Fairtrade tea or freshly brewed coffee (gluten-free scones available on request)

£15.00 per person, plus Garden entry

Seated inside the marquee

Menu: a cold 2-course buffet lunch with a selection of cooked and cured meats, a selection of salads, new potatoes and a choice of dessert (gluten-free options available on request)

£16.00 per person, plus Garden entry

Take-away Packed Lunch to eat in the Garden

Menu: a freshly prepared sandwich, a packet of Real crisps (sea salt, sea salt and vinegar, cheese and onion), a piece of fresh fruit (banana or apple), St Pierre millionaires waffle or blueberry muffin, a bottle of sparkling or still South Downs Water

£9.50 per person, plus Garden entry

Our take on the classic Ploughman’s Lunch to take-away

Menu: one signature cheese scone, Wiltshire ham, cheddar cheese, pickled onion, grapes, cherry tomatoes, celery, butter portion, cheeseboard chutney

£9.50 per person, plus Garden entry

Cream Tea

Seated in the marquee, or to take-away

Menu: one of our signature fruit scones, Cornish clotted cream, locally produced pot of jam, Clipper tea or single estate filter coffee (gluten-free scones available on request)

£5.75 per person, plus Garden entry

Afternoon Tea

Seated inside the marquee

Menu: one fruit scone, Cornish clotted cream, homemade jam, selection of mini homemade cakes, selection of finger sandwiches, Clipper Fairtrade tea or freshly brewed coffee (gluten-free scones available on request)

£15.00 per person, plus Garden entry

Buffet Lunch

Seated inside the marquee

Menu: a cold 2-course buffet lunch with a selection of cooked and cured meats, a selection of salads, new potatoes and a choice of dessert (gluten-free options available on request)

£16.00 per person, plus Garden entry

Packed Lunch

Take-away Packed Lunch to eat in the Garden

Menu: a freshly prepared sandwich, a packet of Real crisps (sea salt, sea salt and vinegar, cheese and onion), a piece of fresh fruit (banana or apple), St Pierre millionaires waffle or blueberry muffin, a bottle of sparkling or still South Downs Water

£9.50 per person, plus Garden entry

Gardeners Lunch

Our take on the classic Ploughman’s Lunch to take-away

Menu: one signature cheese scone, Wiltshire ham, cheddar cheese, pickled onion, grapes, cherry tomatoes, celery, butter portion, cheeseboard chutney

£9.50 per person, plus Garden entry

We also serve groups Clipper tea or single estate filter coffee on arrival – £2.50 per person
(£3.95 with biscuits / £4.95 with a mini Danish pastry)

We offer some fantastic benefits for groups of 10+ people

  • Discounted Garden entry at £7.95 pp if pre-booked and paid at least 2 weeks in advance.
  • Bespoke catering offer for groups.
  • FREE Garden map to help you explore the formal gardens at your own pace, with an ‘all ability’ map also available.
  • FREE car parking and on-site coach park.
  • A well-stocked Gift shop and plant nursery.
  • The Green Tree Gallery, specialising in arts and crafts (closed Monday)
  • The Gardeners’ Retreat Café and Café Elvira
  • Information text in other languages.
  • FREE wheelchairs. Please reserve these in advance.
  • FREE admission to coach driver & group organiser.
  • FREE coach driver meal voucher (£5)
*Groups over 25 will be split into multiple tours at £95 per tour. All tours must be booked in advance.

More Information

For those looking for something extra, we’ve teamed up with a selection of neighbouring Sussex attractions to offer contrasting day packages to groups of 15+ people (advance booking essential).

Borde Hill Garden & Sussex Prairie Garden

Combine a trip to Borde Hill Garden with a morning visit to Sussex Prairie, Britain’s largest ‘naturalistic’ garden. Following a short welcome talk by the owners, groups will have exclusive morning access when they can explore the 8-acre garden at their leisure using a network of small paths which snake through the borders. Groups can then make the short 20 minute journey to Borde Hill Garden where they can spend the afternoon.

2022 Group rate (15+): £17.95 per person. Advance booking required. Available Jun-Oct. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays

Why not book a tempting afternoon lunch or tea (for an additional charge) served inside our charming marquee.

To Book: contact Borde Hill Garden on 01444 450326, or email

Sussex Prairie Garden is located 20 minutes from Borde Hill Garden. Sat Nav: BN5 9AT

www.sussexprairies.co.uk

Available Jun-Oct. Closed Mondays and Tuesdays

Borde Hill Garden & The Bluebell Railway

Step back in time and start your day at the famous Bluebell Railway, as seen in Downton Abbey and recently named one of the best steam railways in Britain. Offering great value for money, groups can enjoy a relaxing journey in timeless comfort on board one of its famous steam locomotives, followed by a leisurely afternoon wander at Borde Hill Garden (itinerary can be reversed on request).

2022 Group rate (15+): £22.00 per person. Advance booking required.

Why not round the day off by booking a tempting afternoon tea (for an additional charge) served inside our charming marquee.

To Book: contact The Bluebell Railway directly on 01825 720800, or email

Pre-booking and a deposit are required; full payment 30 days in advance.

The Bluebell Railway is located 20 minutes from Borde Hill Garden. Sat Nav: TN22 3QL

www.bluebell-railway.com

Borde Hill Garden & Town Place Garden

Combine a visit to Borde Hill Garden with a trip to Town Place, another private Sussex garden.

Explore the 3 acre garden with 600 roses, herbaceous borders, herb garden, topiary inspired by the sculptures of Henry Moore, ornamental grasses, an 800 year old oak, and a unique ‘ruined’ Priory Church and Cloisters.

2022 availability to be confirmed

Group rate (15+): TBC. Advance booking required.

To Book: contact Borde Hill Garden on 01444 450326, or email

Town Place is located 15 minutes from Borde Hill Garden. Sat Nav: RH17 7NR

www.townplacegarden.co.uk

Instagram: @townplacegarden