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South Downs Heritage Centre

About Us

We are a growing community of over 60 artists, makers, foodies, educators, gardening history enthusiasts and volunteers. We are passionate about what we do and we want to share this with you. We consider the Heritage Centre project a work in progress, constantly growing and evolving as we come up with new ideas for exciting events, exhibitions, talks, workshops and much more! There will always be something new to see each time you visit us and many things you can join in with, or become involved in.

The Heritage Centre was built by the Tate family, the fifth generation now working in the family business providing the vision and driving force behind the project. The first Heritage Centre on the site at South Downs Nurseries opened in 2008 and was a collection of historical gardening, agricultural and other artefacts, most of which were donated by members of the local community. The new Heritage Centre opened in March 2016 and was designed to create a financially self-sustaining space for a new museum alongside British art, craft, food and education. Entry to the Heritage Centre and the Museum of Gardening remains completely free of charge for all visitors.

The Heritage Centre continues to work with local community groups such as the South Downs Spinners and the Sussex Heritage Potters, to provide a public space for traditional skills to be shared and handmade items to be sold. Pop up exhibitions and talks on a wide variety of historical themes will form part of the on-going heritage project, which aims to keep our local history alive.

For more information about each of the concessions operating in the Heritage Centre, please visit our concessions page.

Heritage Centre Opening Hours

Monday - Saturday: 9:00 - 17:00
Sunday: 10:30 - 16:30 (Browsing from 10:00) 

The Barn Coffee Shop & Restaurant Opening Hours

Monday - Saturday: 9:00 - 17:00
Sunday: 10:00 - 17:00

Latest News

Rare exhibit acquired by The Museum of Gardening

The Edwin Budding Museum of Gardening is pleased to have acquired an original spanner marked “James Ferrabee, Makers, Stroud, Glos” we are presently arranging a suitable display to accommodate this new and extremely rare exhibit.... continue reading »

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Our Partners

Tates Of Sussex

The South Downs Heritage Centre is located at South Downs Nurseries, part of the Tates of Sussex Garden Centre Group