St Mary's House & Gardens

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Welcome to St Mary's, an enchanting historic pilgrim inn, c1450, in the downland village of Bramber, West Sussex. Many thousands of visitors admire its picturesque charm and enjoy its atmosphere of friendliness and welcome.

Still a lived-in home, the fine panelled rooms include the unique Elizabethan trompe l'oeil Painted Room. Intriguing literary connections with Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest, and the Sherlock Holmes story The Musgrave Ritual.

The five acres of beautiful gardens include an exceptional example of the prehistoric Ginkgo Biloba 'living fossil' tree, amusing animal topiary, and the 'Secret' Garden with original Victorian fruit wall and pineapple pits, beautiful rose garden, terracotta garden, King's Garden, unusual circular English Poetry Garden, Landscape Water Garden and Rural Museum.



One of 'England's Thousand Best Houses' (Sir Simon Jenkins)

'The best example of late 15th century timber-framing in Sussex.'



Peter Thorogood and Roger Linton, together with the garden team at St Mary's, are delighted to be able to welcome you to come and explore our five acres of beautiful gardens!

The gardens will be open on the following dates in July (2pm - 6pm, last entry 5pm):

              Sunday 19 July

              Thursday 23 July

              Sunday 26 July

              Thursday 30 July

then on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays in August.

We can reassure you that we have done all we can to make the garden a safe place to visit. Unfortunately we are unable to open the house at this time, but we will keep this under review.

It is important for all our safety that you please read the following before you plan your visit.

Before your visit

1. While it is not essential to pre-book entry tickets online, we would prefer it if you could, in order to help us manage visitor numbers. For pre-booking, we have set up entry tickets every half hour from 2pm.  Please check which time slot you are booking for.

2. You can book and prepay for your tickets here. BOOK TICKETS NOW

3. You will need to bring proof with you of your prepayment - either as a printout or on your smart phone. If you are a member of The Friends of St Mary's or HHA, or have an offer card (such as 2 for 1), please bring your membership card with you.

4. We will reserve a number of tickets to be paid for on the day - payments can only be taken with contactless credit/debit card.  Please note that you may have to queue for a short period if you take this option (2pm tends to be the busiest time).

When you arrive

5. We will be asking volunteers and visitors to follow government guidance on social distancing, ie, 2 metres (6 ft) between you, other visitors and all our volunteers. St Mary's Gardens covers five acres and so gives plenty of scope for a safe visit in the restful open air and beautiful Sussex countryside.

6. According to current government guidelines, visitors may only walk together in the garden if from the same household. If you see other visitors please take an alternative route or hold back and keep your distance. Please be respectful if queuing for tickets, and keep your distance from those around you.

7. We have set up some one-way routes in the garden and there will be volunteers on hand to assist with directions - but it's your responsibility to make this work for everyone.

8. Refreshments. These are available on a take-away basis (following government guidelines).

9. Other than guide dogs, no pets are allowed in the gardens.

We look forward to welcoming you to our beautiful gardens. To whet your appetite, you can watch a video here of the beautiful gardens of St Mary's bursting into life in May.




St Mary's Gardens will be open on the following dates:

Friday 17 July, 2pm - 5.30pm

Saturday 18 July, 2pm - 5.30pm

Admission 6, children free

Refreshments: tea & cake available on a take-away basis (within government guidelines)

Pre-booking required: BOOK HERE (you will be taken to the NGS website)

View the NGS website entry here


GROUP VISITS: although we are unable to have group visits at present, we are taking bookings for 2021. Please click here for more information.

WEDDINGS AND FUNCTIONS: while weddings and functions at St Mary's are not possible at the moment, we are taking bookings for 2021. Please click here for more information.


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