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


“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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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    Recent Reviews:

    • Y6961RDkeithc
      Crew Green, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Pleasant staff and surroundings
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 16th September 2023
      Review of just the Loggia Cafe. Great choice, including vegan options for me. Cakes were great and very generous salad and ploughman portions. There seemed to be a good number of staff and they... Read full review
    • Julie P
      United Kingdom
      Somewhere I'd love to return to at a different time of day & different season
      5 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 4th October 2023
      We got here mid- late afternoon, so the heat of the day had passed, but it was still sunny enough to appreciate the garden. We entered the house first, which is small but cosy, and feels lived in... Read full review
    • ppoxonesq
      Chipping Norton, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      One of the best gardens in the world. Exceptional planting and exuberance.
      5 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 4th October 2023
      Quite simply in late Summer/early Autumn one of the best gardens in the world. Forget the modern trend for gravel,crushed concrete and half dead grasses, this is an exuberant garden full of colour... Read full review

    Map & Directions



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


    • 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 (28 Mar 2022 - 29 Oct 2023)

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


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    Saturday, 24th February 2024 - Sunday, 25th February 2024

    wide bed of spring flowers ,mostly daffodils, at Great Dixter.Winter Open WeekendA chance for early spring flowers at Great Dixter Gardens.
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    Saturday, 2nd March 2024 - Sunday, 3rd March 2024

    large border of spring flowers, mostly daffodils, at Great Dixter.Winter Open WeekendGreat Dixter Gardens opens for spring blooms.
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    Exterior of Great Dixter house.Great Dixter - Private Tour of the Lutyens WingAn exclusive opportunity to see the Lutyens wing of the house with a Senior Guide.
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