Highdown Gardens



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Set on downland countryside this unique garden overlooks the sea, and has been deemed a National Collection due to the unique assortment of rare plants and trees. The garden was the achievement of Sir Frederick and Lady Stern, who worked for fifty years to prove that plants could grow on chalk. Many of the original plants were collected in China and the Himalayas.

Highdown Gardens
33 Highdown Rise, Littlehampton Road, HIGHDOWN, Goring-by-Sea, BN12 6PG
Phone : 01903 501054


  • Parking onsite
  • Gardens on a sloping site, may prove difficult for wheelchair users
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open all year, Apr-Sep, daily 10-6; Winter, Oct-Nov & Feb-Mar, Mon-Fri 10-4.30; Dec-Jan, 10-4

About the area

Discover West Sussex

Divided from East Sussex back in 1888, West Sussex is so typically English that to walk through its landscape will feel like a walk through the whole country. Within its boundaries lies a wide variety of landscape and coastal scenery, but it is the spacious and open South Downs with which the county is most closely associated.

In terms of walking, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Studying the map reveals a multitude of routes – many of them to be found within the boundaries of the South Downs National Park – and an assortment of scenic long-distance trails leading towards distant horizons; all of them offer a perfect way to get to the heart of ‘Sussex by the sea,’ as it has long been known. If you enjoy cycling with the salty tang of the sea for company, try the ride between Chichester and West Wittering. You can vary the return journey by taking the Itchenor ferry to Bosham. 

West Sussex is renowned for its many pretty towns, of course. Notably, there is Arundel, littered with period buildings and dominated by the castle, the family home of the Duke of Norfolk, that dates back nearly 1,000 years.

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