Northiam East Sussex TN31 6PH 01797 252 878
Sussex has some lovely gardens, but perhaps none lovelier than Great Dixter, the garden planted by the late gardener and writer Christopher Lloyd, who died in 2005. The garden surrounds a beautiful fifteenth-century house, which you can also visit, and is presented as a series of informal garden “rooms”, from a wildflower meadow dotted with fruit trees, to the famous Long Border, at its exuberant and colourful best in high summer. Lloyd, together with his head gardener Fergus Garrett, who still manages the garden today, was known for his experimentation – he once dug up his parents’ long-established rose garden to plant an Exotic Garden of dahlias and bananas – and the garden is constantly evolving, making it one to return to again and again. One of our favourite places in this part of the world.
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£10.45 house & garden, £8.25 garden only.
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Great Dixter is in Northiam village, half a mile off of the A28; it's signposted from the village. Stagecoach buses No.344 and No.340 run from Hastings (Mon–Sat hourly; limited service on Sun), taking around 50 minutes.
April–Oct Tues–Sun & bank hol Mon 11am–5pm (garden) & 2pm–5pm (house).