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Great Dixter Garden

Type:Historic House / Palace

Great Dixter Garden, Northiam, Rye, East Sussex, TN31 6PH

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 Great Dixter, built c1450, is the birthplace of the late Christopher Lloyd, gardening author. Its Great Hall is the largest medieval timberframed hall in the country, restored and enlarged for Christopher’s father (1910-12). The house was largely designed by the architect, Sir Edwin Lutyens, who added a 16th Century house (moved from elsewhere) knitting the buildings together as a family home. The house retains much of the collections of furniture and other items put together by the Lloyds early in the 20th Century, with some notable modern additions by Christopher. The gardens feature a variety of topiary, ponds, wild meadow areas and the famous Long Border and Exotic Garden. Featured regularly in ‘Country Life’ from 1963, Christopher was asked to contribute a series of weekly articles as a practical gardener - he never missed an issue in 42 years. There is a specialist nursery which offers an array of unusual plants of the highest quality, many of which can be seen in the fabric of the gardens. Light refreshments are available in the gift shop as well as tools, books and gifts.

The whole estate is 57 acres which includes ancient woodlands, meadows and ponds which have been consistently managed on a traditional basis. Coppicing the woodlands, for example, has provided pea sticks for plant supports and timber for fencing and repairs to the buildings. There is a Friends programme available throughout the year. Friends enjoy invitations to events and educational courses as well as regular newsletters.

Guide Prices

House & Garden: Adult £10.50, Child £1.50 Garden only: Adult £8.50, Child £1.00. A Gift Aid on admission scheme is in place.


Road Directions

Accessible by Public Transport.  Signposted off the A28 in Northiam.



  • Guide Dogs Permitted

Establishment Features

  • Cater for school groups
  • Event venue
  • Shop

Parking & Transport

  • Coach Parking

Tours and Demonstrations

  • Educational Visits Accepted
  • Guided tours by arrangement


Opening Times

Opening Times 2019 (30 Mar 2019 - 27 Oct 2019)
Tuesday - Sunday14:00 - 17:00

* Garden open:
11:00 - 17:00

Please see website for Nursery opening times.


  • Other Awards Historic Houses Association Friends Scheme 2017

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