Great Dixter House and Gardens

Northiam, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 6PH

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The Long Border at Great Dixter, Northiam, near Rye. © Carol Casselden

About

“Great Dixter – bringing together creativity, community and nature.”

Idyllically rooted in a quiet corner of Sussex, Great Dixter inspires, educates, and welcomes gardeners and visitors from across the world. 

‘"Scale, complexity, loveliness, welcoming.’"

Great Dixter nurtures a dynamic open community, educating, respecting past traditions, and considering the future by leading on horticulture, ecology, and artistic practices through sensitive communication whether to gardening beginners or world experts.  

"Beautiful, unspoilt, infectious, generous, timeless, innovative."  

In a fast changing, complex world, Dixter is a very special sanctuary where you can take a deep breath and just be.

Great Dixter was the family home of gardener and gardening writer Christopher Lloyd. It was the focus of his energy and enthusiasm and fuelled over 40 years of books and articles. 

Now under the stewardship of Fergus Garrett and the Great Dixter Charitable Trust, Great Dixter is an historic house, a garden of world renown, a centre of education, and a place of pilgrimage for horticulturists from across the world.

Facilities


Shop: Selling a selection of gardening products including tools, as well as books by Christopher Lloyd and other authors, pottery, gift items, clothing and knitted items, confectionery, greetings cards, post cards, and wooden products made at Great Dixter.

Café: Quench your thirst or satisfy your hunger at The Loggia Café with a selection of homemade items including scones, cakes, sausage rolls, barista coffee, tea, and ice cream. 

Picnics may be eaten on the grassy car parks where there are picnic tables.

Nursery: Opened in 1954, the nursery remains a small, personal and professional nursery. Open throughout the year, to everyone, not only house and garden visitors. No entrance charge to the nursery. See website for more detail.

Online Shopping: The Nursery and Shop also have online shopping websites.

Accessibility

Please visit the website for detailed information on accessibility 

Please note that some areas of the garden are not easily accessed by wheelchair users or pushchairs. 

An accessibility map is available from the ticket office on arrival at Great Dixter.

Staff will be happy to help you to make the most of your visit.

Education 

Learning has long been at the heart of the work of Great Dixter. As one of the most dynamic and complex flower gardens in the world, Great Dixter feels a responsibility to pass on the skills needed to garden this way. 

Visit the website for more information on our adult courses, lectures, symposia, and scholarships, as well as our weekly pre school group and school visits.

Events

The event programme includes a Spring and an Autumn Plant Fair, a Christmas Fair and a varied education programme including online lectures, workshops and adult study days and courses. Visit the website ‘What’s On’ page for more information.

 

Image credits: Carol Casselden
 

Book Tickets

Guide Prices

Please visit website for prices.

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    Recent Reviews:

    • Kevin P
      Hailsham, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      day out
      3 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 11th September 2022
      There is good and bad The good. the 15th century house is very good but no photos are aloud and the out buildings are very good . lots of flowers and veg . The Bad. all the paths are all over... Read full review
    • Stephen P
      Trip Type:
      Solo travel
      What an absolutely wonderful experience
      5 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 11th September 2022
      I love this garden - the planting is so skillful and undertaken with such care and thought as a result the garden rooms are so verdant, colourful and intimate. I felt I was being wrapped up with huge... Read full review
    • TheInfinityG
      Eugene, OR
      Trip Type:
      Couples
      Great Dixter is Suffering from Covid
      3 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 17th September 2022
      The once Great Dixter Garden is suffering from Covid. With lock downs, it appears that no only were there few visitors, but there was little maintenance. Many of the beautiful flagstone paths are... Read full review

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    Facilities

    Accessibility

    • Guide Dogs Permitted
    • Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors - Free wheelchair loan available – please book in advance.
    • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

    Catering

    • On-Site cafe/restaurant
    • Picnic Site

    Establishment Features

    • Toilets

    Parking & Transport

    • On site parking
    • Parking (free)

    Payment Methods

    • Approx length of visit - 02:00
    • Groups Accepted - Essential to prebook.At owner's discretion when group pre-books.
    • Open by appointment outside normal opening times

    Opening Times

    Season (1 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022)

    * In these times of frequent change, please check the website directly for opening times and information.

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