St Mary's House & Gardens



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St Mary's House is an enchanting medieval house with fine panelled interiors, including the unique Elizabeth 'Painted Room'. There is plenty of interesting family memorabilia, alongside a rare Napoleonic collection, English costume dolls, and a traditional cottage style tea room. The five acres of grounds include formal gardens with an amusing topiary, an exceptional example of the prehistoric tree Ginkgo biloba and a Victorian 'Secret' Garden. Other attractions include 140ft original fruit wall and pineapple pits, a Rural Museum, the Jubilee Rose Garden, Terracotta Garden, the King's Garden, an unusual circular Poetry Garden, a woodland walk and Landscape Water Garden with island and waterfall. In the heart of the South Downs National Park, St Mary's is a house of fascination, mystery, and picturesque charm.

St Mary's House & Gardens


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking onsite
  • Parking nearby
  • Cafe
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Opening Times: Open May–Sep, Sun, Thu & BH Mons, also Weds in Aug, 2–6pm. Groups at other times by arrangement only

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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