Denmans Garden

Denmans Garden, Denmans Ln, Fontwell, Westergate, Arundel BN18 0SU, UK

Denmans Garden is a beautiful place to take your dog for a gentle walk. Located just off the A27, close to Fontwell Park, Arundel and Chichester, the gardens are a great day out for horticulture lovers.

The gardens aren’t your typical dog walk, however they are a great alternative to the usual dog friendly routes on the South Downs, as there’s a fantastic gift shop, a nursery where you can buy affordable plants, café, plus art exhibitions are often held within the grounds throughout the year.

To access the the gardens you will need to pay a small entry fee of £9 for adults, £7 for seniors (60+) and children, while carers go free. Unlike many other horticultural gardens, Denmans is actually open throughout the year. If you just want to use the on-site facilities such as the café and shop, you don’t have to pay for entry.

This is just a short circular walk, and very flat for a majority of the route. There is a gravel footpath which leads through the gardens, as well as plenty of benches to take a rest. The route is also relatively wheelchair friendly, however, the gravel can be a bit difficult to push through in certain areas where the gravel is quite deep.

A plant lovers dream, the gardens boasts hundreds of varieties of perennials, annuals, succulents, grasses and trees from across the globe. The staff at Denmans are extremely friendly and incredibly helpful if you need any assistance or have any questions about the different varieties of plants on display.

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The route around Denmans is self explanatory as there is a gravel path looping around the gardens. The walk is relatively short, however you can spend well over an hour to two hours taking in the wonderful aromatic smells and gazing at all the amazing flowers.

Half way along the route is a large tranquil lily pond, with a statue gazing out onto the water. There is also a large greenhouse with a selection of tropical plants inside, as well as a shaded area with a variety of different ferns.

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Parking at Denmans

There is a large car park on the site of the gardens, by the gift shop. Parking is completely free.

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Are the gardens dog friendly?

Yes, Denmans Garden is very dog friendly, and allows dogs in the cafes. Dogs must be kept on a lead at all times. There is also a poo bin within the premises.

Make sure to keep your dog on a short lead so they don’t take a bite out of any of the plants.

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When are the gardens open?

Denmans Garden is open throughout the year. The opening times are:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: 9:30AM – 4PM
Wednesday: 9:30AM – 4PM
Thursday: 9:30AM – 4PM
Friday: 9:30AM – 4PM
Saturday: 9:30AM – 4PM
Sunday: 11AM – 4PM

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Who owns Denmans Garden?

The is a popular question for many visitors to Denmans Garden. The gardens were originally owned by Lord Denmans, who sold the estate before WW1. During WW2 the estate was supplied to the WRAF.

Shortly after the war, Hugh and Joyce Robinson bought part of Denmans and slowly started to transition the gardens. In the 1970s British garden and landscape designer John Brookes MBE, took a great interest in the gardens. You can read more about the history of the gardens on the official website.

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Is Denmans Garden café open?

A fantastic new café named Midpines Café recently opened in 2022 within the grounds of Denmans Garden, which serves breakfast, lunch and cakes. The café boasts a beautiful outdoor seating area, as well as a lovely indoor seating area where plenty of natural light filters through.

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Published: August 4, 2022
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