Northiam Travel Guide

  • Northiam
    by Mariajoy
  • Great Dixter
    Great Dixter
    by Mariajoy
  • Northiam
    by Mariajoy

Northiam Things to Do

  • The Wall Garden

    Within the Wall Garden is a huge pebble mosaic of Christo Lloyd's two dachshunds Dahlia and Canna, designed by Miles Johnson. There was once a lawn here but it was replaced with paving in 1998. The mosaic was too large to get a good picture but you can just see a tiny paw in the bottom right hand corner! This is a lovely area of the garden and the...

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  • Great Dixter House and Gardens

    The oldest surviving part of this beautiful house at Northiam dates from the 15th century. Other sections of it, have been taken from other places and other houses and added to it over the years. Most of the major additions and changes were made in the early 1900's by the Lloyd family and the famous architect/designer/landscaper, Lutyens who...

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  • The gardens at Great Dixter

    The gardens have been created by Lloyd with a deliberately haphazard design, with mixtures colours and foliage, flowers, fruit trees, hedges, vegetables herbs and wildflowers spreading far over the several hundred acres of meadows and farm land surrounding the house. There is topiary clipped to resemble peacocks, mixed borders,hedges and ponds...

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  • The Horse Pond

    Just to the right of the entrance near the meadow garden is the Horse Pond. It's covered in pink and white water lillies and there are huge fish plip plopping on the surface and are very easy to see (but not so easy to photograph! ).It looks deep and there's nothing to stop the visitor from slipping in so be warned!The second photo is of me...

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  • The Hovel

    The Hovel is an old cow shed and it is possible to walk through it to the exotic garden which was planted on the cattle yard. There are swallows nesting in the rafters above in the summertime.

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  • The High Garden

    The kitchen garden located in the "High Garden" area of the grounds still grows an abundance of fruit trees and berries. Of course when the house was occupied with a large family, in the early 1900s, they would have been largely self-sufficient when it came to fruit and veg and there would have been an army of gardeners, cook, servants etc to do...

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  • The Long Border

    No visitor to these fabulous gardens can fail to miss - or be impressed by - the planting of the Long Border. It has been designed to be in flower from mid June to mid August and is just stunning.

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  • The Barn garden and Sunk Garden

    This is one of the most beautiful areas of the garden - although all of them are lovely in their own way. This one is paved and also has a pond which has no fish in it, I suppose to encourage newts and other water loving creepy crawlies. During the First World War this area, which was originally laid to lawn, was dug up for vegetables.

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  • A Friendly Flock

    Just behind the gift shop is a small meadow with a few friendly sheep. They came running as we approached the gate so make sure you have a bit of grass for them. When you sit in the tea-machine/giftshop garden you can hear them bleating so you'll know where they are!

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  • More Chutney anyone?

    The tiny tea room/gift shop sells all kinds of gardening ephemera from dibbers to jars of chutney. hand thrown mugs and T-shirts, garden twine and toys, etc etc. They were also selling punnets of cherries for £3.50 for 500g - they are cheaper from the road side vans at £2.50 for half a kg.Anyway, on the window ledge outside there is a tea making...

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  • How does your garden grow

    It is possible to visit the garden nursery without buying a ticket to the house and garden. There are masses of plants available at very reasonable prices.They are open April-Oct Daily (inc Sundays) 9.00-12.30 and 1.30-5.00Oct-April Weekdays 9.00-12.30 and 1.30-5.30 Saturdays 9.00-12.30 Plants that are in season, but clematis is a speciality...

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Northiam Warnings and Dangers

  • by Mariajoy Updated Feb 20, 2008

    Heed the warnings! These gardens are of course a haven for wildlife - and there is none so wild as an irate wasp! There are zillions of them here and they are all perfectly happy buzzing about from bloom to bloom - unless disturbed (accidentally or otherwise!). The staff here do their best to protect visitors by erecting small fences in areas that are particularly busy with wasps - I would suggest you take their advice and keep away! Don't say you weren't warned :)

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  • Parking

    There is plenty of free parking available in the two car parks here. There is also a coach park and a disabled visitors parking area and it is a convenient place to have your picnic.The photo shows the view over the Kent/Sussex Weald.

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  • Ilex Arch

    Through the archway in the high Ilex hedges the visitor can see the Barn and Sunk gardens. (This really isn't very interesting is it? :))Oh this bit might hold a modicum of interest to you.. the paving slabs you see in the foreground were taken from the London streets when they were being replaced with tarmac. Stay awake now ;-)

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  • The Oast House

    Kent for many years was the hop growing region of the UK, and up until 1939 the hops from the surrounding hop gardens were dried here in this three kilned Oast House which dates from 1890. I am not entirely sure of the "hops to beer" processes so can't really give more detailed info but do know that the oast house cowls (the white tops) turn in the...

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