The National Trust in Sussex
The National Trust, the UK-wide charity which protects our buildings, heritage and countryside has twelve major properties it maintains in Sussex and are open to visitors.
The National Trust also owns and cares for a wide range of beautiful open countryside and miles of dramatic coastline.
Devil’s Dyke is an historic beauty spot on the South Downs Way, north of Brighton, named after the huge dry valley that carves its way through ridges of rolling chalk grassland.
Savour an air of timelessness with dramatic hilltop views from Harting Down a 500 acre common and renowned nature reserve designated for its valuable chalk grassland above the village of Harting and also on the South Downs way.
Nymans garden, set in the High Weald with splendid views, is a series of experimental designs with spectacular planting and beauty all year. Both a horticulturalist's dream and a peaceful country garden, it is easy to lose yourself in its intimate and surprising corners.
A vast late 17th-century mansion, Petworth House is set in a beautiful 283-hectare (700-acre) deer park, landscaped by 'Capability' Brown and immortalised in Turner's paintings. The house contains the National Trust's finest collection of pictures, with numerous works by Turner, Van Dyck, Reynolds and Blake, ancient and Neo-classical sculpture, fine furniture and carvings by Grinling Gibbons.
Standen is a late-Victorian family home brought vividly to life in this gem of the Arts & Crafts Movement, which is hidden at the end of a quiet Sussex lane with breathtaking views over the High Weald and Weirwood Reservoir.
A gem on the South Downs, rescued after a major fire in 1989, Uppark houses an elegant Georgian interior with a famous Grand Tour collection, which includes paintings, furniture and ceramics.
Wakehurst Place, The National Trust's most visited property, open throughout the year, is the country estate of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
For more information, see the website www.nationaltrust.org.uk or call 0844 800 1895