Nymans - Handcross

Garden, Tourism, Tourist Attraction, Vacances

Address

Address

Staplefield Lane, Handcross, RH17 6EB
nationaltrust.org.uk

+44 1444 405250

Reviews

Reviews

4.7

Based on 201 reviews.

 

Agregated reviews (201) Nymans - Handcross

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AS IT WAS A SUNNY DAY WE (MY PARTNER PETER & I)THOUGHT WE WOULD GO FOR A DRIVE HEADING TOWARDS NYMANS GARDENS AS MY DAD OFTEN GOES THERE
UNFORTUNATELY IT WAS EXPENSIVE TO GET IN BUT IF YOU HAVE A NATIONAL TRUST PASS YOUR CAN VISIT WHENEVER YOU WANT
HOWEVER IT IS FREE TO GO FOR A WALK IN THE WOODS WHICH WE TRIED IT IS QUITE STEEP SO WE COULDN'T GO TO FAR (AS WE BOTH ARE DISABLED ESPECIALLY REGARDING MOBILITY SO THATS WHEN WE DECIDED TO FIND A COUNTRY PUB FOR LUNCH
#SEE REVIEW ON THE WHEATSHEAF
WE ARE BOTH SERIOUSLY THINKING OF INVESTING IN A NATIONAL TRUST PASS (WHICH YOU CAN PAY DIRECT DEBIT INSTALMENTS ) AS NYMANS GARDENS LOOKS CLEAN AND THERE ARE PLENTY OF WELL CARED FOR GARDENS TO SEE & A CAFE ,NURSERY GIFT SHOP PLUS THERE IS PLENTY OF WELL ORGANISED FREE PARKING WHEN YOU DRIVE IN
SO THIS IS A PLACE OF INTEREST THAT I WOULD LIKE TO RETURN TO
ONCE WE HAVE OUR PASSES !!

5 by Claire Friend Review source

We always enjoy our visit. We love going there when the Magnolia trees are in full bloom. Lovely gardens and small house. Plenty of trees of many different varieties. Lovely walks around the perimeter. The place is well cared for with plenty of knowledgeable volunteers in attendance. Has links with Lord Snowdon. Has occasional exhibitions on various topics to do with the history of the house and its previous owners.
We didn't try the restaurant as it was very busy, but it has the usual standards in foods, service and prices of the N.T.

You have to get there early or late and avoid peak times due to the car parks not being big enough, especially when the Magnolia are into full bloom around the middle and end of April. Usual stuff on sale in the gift shop and nursery gardens. Plenty of second hand books

5 by Douglas Rankine Review source

Beautiful Gardens!!! Well worth the drive over.

If you want a quick few hours, then simply have breakfast, walk to the main house, visit the gardens, and grab some lunch on your way out.

But if you'd like a full day of exploring, after eating lunch, carry on to the hiking trails!
There are 3 types, easy medium and the longest one...

As we were pressed for time, we only visited the house and gardens, but in future I can definitely see my husband and I doing the full thing.

Also, we visited in Spring... highly recommend this time about a week after the heat sets in so all the flowers are blooming in the gardens and trees!

Also there's a book shop & garden/gift shop. Largest garden shop at a NT I've seen so far!

5 by Kristin McCoy-Ward Review source

We have visited these gardens on many occasions. The gardens are lovely and usually provide a vivid display of colour. It was a bit early in the year for many blooms on this visit, but it still lovely to visit. As there wasn't so much in the garden this time, we did one of the estate walks. There are three to choose from and we opted for the millennium walk, gold on the map. It is approximately 2.5 miles, with a few steps and a couple of slopes. Not one if you have any walking difficulties, but otherwise, it is well signposted and nice to walk in the woods and see some of the carvings. I quite liked the toad carved from an old tree. It does get busy here, so its an idea to get there early.

4 by Valerie Staker Review source

I expected lot less. Fortunately, this place is lovely for a family day out, beautiful garden, great manor and lots of flowers and place to have kids running around. Amazing view. Shame the weather wasn't too good.

The only improvements I would suggest:
- more parking spaces
- maybe a more children focused area (perhaps a playground or special activities that keep the kids entertained, and not only during Easter). Maybe a maze or a playing field.
- more parking places, please
- a tiny bit overpriced - admission fee could be a couple of ££ less - unless you are a National Trust member

We had a very good time during the Easter holiday, and we will be back.

4 by Viktor Kery Review source

Expensive entrance fee. Most of the roses in the rose garden needed dead-heading. No salads on offer in the café. Jacket potatoes so hard and burnt on the outside that the skins could not be eaten. Toilets need upgrading. There was a queue in the ladies because there were only two cubicles. The paintwork on the inside of the cubicle doors was worn through and the bare wood was showing. The floors were not clean and there was no schedule to show when they were next due for cleaning. The base of the lid hinge was black, black, black. Looked as if it had never seen a cleaning sponge or spray. A disappointing day.

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Not much of a house to see really although the history is interesting with the royal connection. The gardens were not at their best either, but we were a bit too early in the year! If this is typical National Trust I won't be joining in a hurry as I prefer to be a bit more adventurous walking round less accessible free places. But I am sure this is great when the flowers are out and that it is very useful for National Trust members who get in free and also for the elderly and infirm with the nice smooth paths for wheelchairs etc. Otherwise the entrance fee for a one off visit is really not good value.

4 by Mill Road Church SW19 Review source

Really beautiful NT property to visit, set in lovely grounds / countryside. The gardens are very well maintained and relaxing. The restaurant is in a nice location adjacent to the shop and shop garden which has nice displays of plants and sculptures etc. We went on a nice sunny day which enhanced the enjoyment of the day it may not be quite so good in poor weather unless you're a die hard walker I guess. We didn't use the restaurant other than for a drink so can't comment on the food quality. My daughter loved her ice cream though.

5 by Grahame Elford Review source

My favourite NT place, been here many times with my kids. The gardens are fantastic, with a little second hand book shop and resident artists hut amongst other things. Plenty of amazing looking plantlife and places for the kids to run around in, and great views across the Sussex countryside. My wife loves the gift shop/garden centre (the cafe does get very busy with a fair bit of queuing at lunchtimes on sunny days). My favourite time to come is the autumn - for the Arboretum and hugely expansive woodland walks.

5 by Review source

Beautiful gardens that change with the seasons, a National Trust place and partner of the RHS so members of either don't pay for entry. The old house and ruins has a good history lesson inside and is absolutely charming. Lots of parking, cafe, gift shop etc. Staff and volunteers are friendly and welcoming. There is a large woodland for an extended walk with a river and dogs are also allowed in this part (but not the main gardens). Definitely recommend this garden visit!

5 by Georgia Hetherington Review source

I love Nymans and the wife thinks it's amazing.

There is a house and formal gardens to walk round, but there is also a less known woodland walk with a lake and the odd bit of carved wood sculpture to look at here and there, with 3 different routes to take and lots of lovely forestry and streams to look at.

it's very popular and on busy days you may be turned away from the carpark as even the overflow car park can be full when the sun shines.

4 by Iain Buchanan Review source

Amazing Medieval /Gothic style house with ruins that are being gradually made safe for public exploration. Glorious gardens stocked with a huge variety of plants including a beautiful Heather garden, Rose garden, a Wisteria draped pergola and many out of this world bizarre species. Woodland, views, workshops, exhibitions, second hand bookshop, merchandise and plant sales, lots of outdoor seating, cafe and Shepherds hut snack bar. A wonderful place to visit.

5 by Caroline Gutteridge Review source

Beautiful gardens with a lot to see. Really enjoyable walk even if you have no clue (like me) about flowers and plants. A nice walk round the estate with a stop off at the house, which is gorgeous and has the original postentions of the family in. I read about the family after I went and they were quite fascinating. I wish I had read about them before I went so I could have appreciated what I was seeing in and outside of the house.

5 by Sarah Purdey Review source

Nymans is a lovely National Trust property, unusual in that the main house is a ruin. Despite this there are building open which you can look around. The main attraction is the garden or gardens as there are many different garden within the garden to explore. As with many Nat Trust properties there is a cafe and they make some delicious soups, scrumptious cakes and lots of other tasty treats. A great place for a day out.

5 by Paul Goodwin Review source

Nymans is a good hour or two spent on a nice day. Enough ground to walk around so you don't feel you're always treadibg the same path and the buildings are quite interesting. Car park has really good sized spaces but on a sunny day it will be full! On the other side of the road is a more wooded area which is part of nymans. Always worth a look but not completely flat and likely to be muddy for some time after rain.

5 by S Castell Review source

This is an excellent place to visit with your family or by your self, the facilities are very good with a good restaurant with a good menu, the old family home is set in beautiful grounds with easy walking and for wheelchair users, but if you prefer a good long walk then the arboretum is brilliant with long and short routes with some steep climbing, and there is always plenty of car parking even at peak times.

5 by Ian Saunders Review source

Very pretty and we'll maintained gardens with good accessibility and yummy tea and scones, however make sure you get there early, as although there is plenty of parking it gets full quite quickly.
Can get quite pricey, especially to people who aren't members of the national trust.
I wouldn't recommend it for families with young children as there is not much for them to do.

4 by Adam Naiff Review source

Beautiful gardens with structured planting and insect friendly wilder areas balanced well.
Not the largest of places but what there is is utilised well and there is enough green open space for families with children.
My wife had a broken ankle and I phoned in advance to book a wheelchair, we were able to navigate almost the entire site without issue - forest walk notwithstanding.

4 by James Bambury Review source

My visit to Nymans was the second time I’ve made use of my new National Trust membership and it was fantastic.

I’d been to Claremont before and was a bit disappointed with the lack of things to see (although it may have been the time of year). Nymans however has so many points of interest it would make a great visit at any point of year. The house exhibitions are great too.

5 by Sam Buxton Review source

Beautiful gardens & house owned by the National Trust. Made the most of the good weather & visited Nymans on a Thursday mid morning. Great place to wander, admire the gardens & flowers & have lunch/ take a picnic. This was our first visit here as we joined the NT last year & are working our way around as many as poss when the weather is good! Will be back!

5 by Bettina Dyer Review source

Brilliant place to visit.

Lots of great vistas to picnic at, and always little tasks and trails for the kids.

We particularly enjoy walking round the house, and searching for 'Foxy'.

Make sure you bring cash for the ice cream and coffee stand within the grounds, as they do not accept any other forms of payment.

5 by Elizabeth Pretorius Review source

Nymans is such a special place to visit. There is a vast range of flowers and plant species to observe and enjoy. Take time out to explore the network of paths that give you access to every corner of this beautiful estate. You will be captivated by the old house and if tou get rhe chance to take a tour then do so. Great cage and visitor shops too.

5 by Nick Sturgeon Review source

Beautiful garden with lots of different coloured flower species. Different seasons give you different look of the garden so worth more than one visit. The ruin is so romantic. Lots of space for children to play, so bring outdoor toys such as balls, freebies, bubbles, etc. Cafe sells nice food and healthy. Free parking for member of National Trust.

5 by Ariestia Surbakti Review source

Nymans is a beautiful place with woodland trails, a house with garden. It was created by Ludwig Mesel in 1890. The gardens are 33 acres large. There is enough to see and do in the gardens. The house is partially closed because it is in ruins caused by a fire in 1947. But a part of the house you can still visit and is full of original collections

5 by Erik B Review source

Lovely place to visit, I took my elderly mum and brother. We to the golf car buggy thing and had Keith as the driver, he was very entertaining and took us around places my mum hasn't seen before. He also took us back to the beginning as mum couldn't walk. Had a brilliant day.
Food was nice but expensive.

5 by victoria harrison Review source

Lovely grounds gardens are outstanding. Could not believe how busy it was mid week. We went to see art exibition which was brilliant. Staff on duty were very knowledgeable and made it very interesting. Nice range of food available served in nice setting. However we sat by the door which was draughty. Lovely day out.

4 by Alan King Review source

One of the best. Peace and tranquility are on offer in these beautiful walled gardens. The house is open from March to take your mind back in time to bygone days. The gardens are well kept and loved by the volunteers. The cafe offers fresh food often grown by the National Trust themselves at a reasonable price.

4 by Christopher mckillop Review source

Always really enjoy coming here with the kids. Find it quieter than Sheffield Park and the food facilities are better, although do find the non 'hot meal' options a bit limiting. Only a few sandwiches. Kids box and cakes good though.

Excellent school holiday activities around the gardens.

4 by Steve Pilfold Review source

Extensive gardens beautifully maintained in all seasons. Serene setting, the ruined house contrasts with an abundance of well demarcated walks (ranging from 1 to 4 km). The longer walks require a good pair of walking shoes as the terrain can be unpredictable during the autumn/winter months.

5 by Richard Tanguy Review source

The house itself doesn't take long to get through, but all of the volunteers will happily chat to you about each of the rooms and the history of the house and family. The gardens are beautiful and the surrounding forest is great for a walk in the fresh air. Will be back again soon!

5 by Emma Baldwin Review source

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