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Highdown Gardens

Famous garden created by Sir Frederick Stern situated on downland countryside in a chalk pit. The garden contains a wide collection of plants; many were raised from seed brought from China by great collectors like Wilson, Farrer and Kingdon-Ward.

In 2016, winner of Gold Award South East in Bloom Heritage Section, Green Flag Award, and TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

Opening for NGS:
Sunday 30 April, Wednesday 31 May (10am - 6pm). Admission by donation.

Worthing Borough Council

For other opening times and information, please phone 01903 501054, email or visit

Partial wheelchair access to hillside garden with mainly grass paths.

How to find us

Highdown Gardens, 33 Highdown Rise, Littlehampton Road, Goring-by-Sea, Worthing, West Sussex, BN12 6FB

3m W of Worthing. Off A259 approx 1m from Goring-by-Sea Train Station.

More about Highdown Gardens

Gold Award winner SE in Bloom Heritage Section 2016, Green Flag Award 2016, Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2016

Highdown offers 8.5 acres of stunning informal gardens on downland countryside overlooking the sea, and has a unique collection of rare plants and trees; the whole garden has been deemed a National Collection.

Created by Sir Frederick Stern, the garden is situated in a chalk pit, with many plants having been raised from seed brought from China by great collectors like Wilson, Farrer and Kingdon-Ward. Some of the original plants from the early collections can still be seen in the garden today.

The garden looks best in Spring and early Summer when there is a colourful succession of spring bulbs such as snowdrops, crocus, anemones and daffodils followed by paeonies and bearded iris. Two of our most popular trees with visitors in late Spring are the Handkerchief tree (Davidia involucrata) and the Judas tree (Cercis siliquastrum).

Be sure to visit the Millennium Garden, created in 2000 from a disused section of the Highdown Bungalow garden. It features a rose pergola, wisteria arch, patio seat and central sundial. The design of this area of Highdown had peace and tranquility in mind, hence the soft plantings of grasses, shrubs and many herbaceous species .

Highdown Gardens has once again been awarded a coveted Green Flag Award. This is the national standard for quality parks and green spaces, with winners judged to be welcoming and well maintained, with the support and involvement of the local community.

Refreshments are available at the adjacent tearooms.