Useful Information

To help you plan your day out at Borde Hill, take a look at some of our most commonly asked questions…

General Questions

How long will it take to walk around the Garden?

The formal Garden is 17 acres. There is a main circular route around the Elizabethan Mansion with many smaller paths to explore. We recommend spending 2-3 hours at Borde Hill.

What are your opening times?

We’re open everyday from the 10th February to 22nd December 2024, 10am to 5pm (3pm from 1st November). Our Woodland is closed for the winter from Monday 9th September.

Do you accept cash?

To make your visit more efficient, we operate a cashless system across all areas of Borde Hill, including the Gift Shop, Plant Sales area and The Gardeners’ Retreat Café.

Do you allow the use of drones?

Please contact the Garden office as drones are only permissible by prior arrangement and with the necessary documentation in place.

Is there a charge for parking?

Our car park is free to Borde Hill visitors.

Can I bring my own food?

Picnics are welcome in the Garden, Parkland and Woodland, but we do ask that visitors use the bins provided. The use of BBQs is not permitted anywhere on the Estate. Take-away food and drink are also available from The Gardeners’ Retreat Café which only has outdoor seating.

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Practical Things

Do you have toilets?

Toilets are located behind our main Visitor Reception building and near the Long Dell.

An accessible toilet can also be found behind our main Visitor Reception building which includes an emergency pull cord for use if you need assistance. This toilet also has baby changing facilities.

Can I bring my dog?

We welcome dogs on short leads throughout our Garden, Parkland and Woodland at all times during our open season.

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Can I get to the Garden by public transport?

Visit our Travel & Directions page for details.

Do you have a downloadable map?

Plan your visit by viewing or downloading a map of our nationally important Garden here

Are there plenty of places to sit down?

There are plenty of benches located around the Garden and Woodland for relaxing and taking in the sights should you want to stop for a rest.

Is Borde Hill accessible to wheelchair and mobility scooter users?

For details please visit our accessibility page.


Do I need to book in advance?

You no longer need to book your visit in advance and can purchase your tickets on arrival at the Garden. However, Day Tickets pre-booked online at least a day before your visit receive a £1 discount.

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Is Borde Hill a National Trust or English Heritage Garden?

Borde Hill is not part of the National Trust or English Heritage so admission prices apply. 

Historic Houses Members receive free entry throughout the open season (excluding special events). Individual RHS Members receive free entry throughout July and September only (excluding special events). 

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Are Tesco Clubcard vouchers accepted?

We accept Tesco Clubcard vouchers for Garden admission. They are not valid for event tickets, Membership, or for purchases made in the Gift Shop or Cafe. For booking details please click here 

Does Borde Hill offer a discount for carers?

We offer free admission to carers who are visiting with the person they care for. On arrival, please show your carers card.

What is the refund policy for tickets booked in advance?

Tickets purchased from us for an event or day admission cannot be refunded or exchanged unless an event is cancelled or rescheduled, or the Garden closes due to poor weather. For our full T&C’s please click here 

Did you


Warren Wood was created in 1905 and contains many rare and exotic trees including Meliosma beaniana. One of the rarest trees in the world, ours is one of only 3 to be found in Britain - it was collected from China by the Plant Hunter Ernest H Wilson and planted at Borde Hill in the early 1900's.
Meliosma beaniana in Warren Wood at Borde Hill

Discover the Possibilities

A family next to the water feature in the Rose Garden at Borde Hill during summer.

Become a Member

Membership is your ticket to enjoy unlimited access to the Garden, Parkland and Woodland throughout the open season. Our members also receive free entry to a number of exciting events, from live music in the Garden to Specialist Plant Fairs and much more. Family Membership provides unlimited access to the Adventure Playground and free school holiday trails.

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Italian Garden at Borde Hill. Image: Molly Hollman

Our Garden & Grounds

Set within 383 acres of heritage listed Parkland, our formal Garden captivates and delights visitors with a series of intimate 'Garden rooms'. Beyond the formal Garden you can explore Woodland walks, the South Park and our lakes with outstanding views across the Sussex High Weald.

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A misty atmospheric view of trees in North Park at Borde Hill with cows in the distance.

Support Us

As a small, independent Garden Charity, we rely on your kind generosity to help fund our projects and to continue to grow sustainably, protecting our natural heritage for generations to come. 'Reinventing Borde Hill' is our most ambitious project to date and your support will help us to achieve exciting plans to benefit our local community.

It would make a huge difference if you would consider supporting us by making a donation – thank you.

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