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Highdown Gardens

Created by Sir Frederick Stern and situated on downland countryside in a chalk pit, Highdown features a wide collection of plants, with many raised from seed brought from China by great collectors like Wilson, Farrer and Kingdon-Ward. In spring and early summer, a colourful succession of bulbs such as snowdrops, crocus, anemones and daffodils are followed by paeonies and bearded iris.

New for 2018, we are proud to be part of the National Garden Scheme’s February Snowdrop Festival. Spring bulb tours will be conducted by the Head Gardener and team for an additional £2.50 per person. Tours for 20 max at 10am, 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm and 3pm. Reserve on the day only, first come first served.

Opening for NGS:
Sunday 18 February (10am - 4pm). Admission £5.00, children free.
Wednesday 30 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 the A259 approx 1m from Goring-by-Sea Train Station.

More about Highdown Gardens

Highdown Gardens offers 8.5 acres of stunning informal gardens on downland countryside overlooking the sea, and has a unique collection of rare plants and trees. Many were raised from seed brought from China by great collectors like Wilson, Farrer and Kingdon-Ward. Two of our most popular trees with visitors in late Spring are the Handkerchief tree (Davidia involucrata) and the Judas tree (Cercis siliquastrum). The whole garden has been deemed a National Collection.

We have 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. We also hold a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence, and won the Gold Award for South East in Bloom, Heritage Section 2017.

Refreshments are available at the adjacent tearooms.