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Great Dixter

Parks, Gardens & Vineyards in Hastings & 1066 Country

In the 17th Century, tulips were considered so desirable that a single bulb was traded for 2 loads of wheat, 4 loads of rye, 4 fat oxen, 8 fat swine, 12 fat sheep, 2 hogsheads of wine, 4 barrels of beer, 2 barrels of butter, 1,000 lbs of cheese, one complete bed, one suit of clothes and one silver tankard.

There is no better place to appreciate the mesmerising properties of this irresistible flower than in Pashley Manor Gardens where they hold a 'Tulip Festival' every April/May with over 14,000 bulbs and more than 85 different varieties.

The fifteenth century Great Dixter was the family home of Christopher Lloyd, the famous gardening writer whose life was been devoted to creating one of the most experimental and innovative gardens imaginable.

Hurst Green's Merriments Gardens are similarly experimental only this time the design is concerned less with the origins of the plants and more with their appearance.

Visit a hidden gem, King John’s nursery, garden and café, deep in the heart of the beautiful East Sussex High Weald.

Not far from Bateman’s, the former home of Rudyard Kipling, the gardens of which should not be missed either, King John’s nursery was created out of two derelict 1950s chicken sheds and the owner’s passion for growing plants, but has evolved into an escape from the usual.

Although they are one of 1066 Country's finest picnic spots, Herstmonceux Castle Gardens are also of considerable interest to garden lovers with their beautiful Elizabethan walled grounds and the many woodland trails.

There's even a series of lily covered lakes that lead to a 1930s folly.  Follies are strange or unusual monuments to madness, inspiration and idiosyncracy that can be found in the strangest places.

One of 1066 Country's most charming eccentricities are Fuller's Follies, a series of bizarre landmarks built by Jack Fuller, a 19th century squire and Member of Parliament.

Fuller led an illustrious life in a period of British history known for its forceful and unusual characters and the English countryside is dotted with remnants of the Georgian elite's penchant for 'folly building'.

The National Pinetum at Bedgebury houses the largest collection of conifers on one site in the world.  It’s also a great place for live entertainment with top acts, cycling, walking, horse riding and adventure play.

Within walking distance of Hastings Town Centre, is Alexandra Park that was the subject of a Heritage Lottery restoration project and was re-opened by the BBC's Charlie Dimmock in a spectacular ceremony.

Tags: Parks in Hastings, Gardens in Hastings, Vineyards in Hastings

Key Attractions

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

A large coastal nature reserve with shingle beaches, sandy shores at low tide, grassland, saltmarsh and reedbeds bordering lakes and pools hosting a...

Carr Taylor Vineyard

Carr Taylor Vineyard

David & Linda Carr Taylor established the vineyard, in the beautiful 1066 countryside just north of Hastings, more than 30 years ago and quickly...

Manor Gardens, copyright TLindfield/BStorkey

Manor Gardens

Take a trip around the picturesque Manor Gardens, with wonderfully colourful plants and flowers. The ruins and remains of the original Manor House...

Almonry Gardens

Almonry Gardens

The Almonry Gardens are the perfect complement to a busy day's sightseeing in Battle. Surrounding the Battle Museum of Local History and the Almonry...



This 17thC Sussex Ironmaster's house, built in a Wealden valley, was the home of writer Rudyard Kipling from 1902 to 1936. Rooms used by Kipling can...

Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard

Sedlescombe Organic Vineyard

Head north from Sedlescombe village on the Hawkhurst Road to discover the oldest organic wine producer in England: Sedlescombe Organic vineyard....


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