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Award-winning West Dean Gardens is the perfect outdoor venue to hold your marquee wedding reception. Escape to this secluded country estate near Chichester in West Sussex.
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Features & Capacity


Venue Type
Reception Capacity

Food and Drink

External Catering Permitted


Landscaped Gardens
Marquee Permitted
On-Site Parking
Outdoor Reception Space
In-House Wedding Coordinator
Full Description
Celebrate your wedding day in style at the award-winning West Dean Gardens, a beautiful wedding reception venue in West Sussex. Marquee/tipi receptions for up to 200 guests are held on the picnic lawn or front lawn and the Gardens offer idyllic photo opportunities. You and your guests will have full access to explore the Gardens including the Walled Kitchen Garden and Victorian Glasshouses, the award-winning Sunken Garden and the stunning 300ft Edwardian Pergola. West Dean Estate, home to West Dean Gardens, is a historic venue reached by an impressive driveway and stunning views of the rolling South Downs. Our experienced team are happy to discuss your ideas and work with you and your chosen suppliers to make your special day truly memorable. We would love to hear from you, please call 01243 818258 or email weddings@westdean.org.uk to arrange an appointment and tour at West Dean Gardens. In addition to wedding receptions, West Dean Gardens is available for engagement photo shoots. If you are looking to host a rehearsal dinner or post-wedding brunch, the historic state rooms of West Dean College of Arts and Conservation are also available. Please get in touch to find out more. Image credits: Sanshine Photography, Esme Ducker Photography and Dasha Caffrey
Justine Cornelli
Married in September 2019
October 2020
Dream venue!
This venue was absolutely perfect for us from the moment we set eyes on it, beautifully romantic relaxed gardens and a wonderful, friendly and helpful events team with no restrictions on suppliers which was key for us as we wanted to pick our own!
Victoria & Jamie
Married in May 2018
November 2018
Most amazing venue
We had our whole day at this venue and it was everything we dreamed of and more. Can’t recommend this venue enough for a perfect outside, relaxed and English countryside wedding
Location & Contact Details


West Dean College, West Dean, Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 0QZ, England

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Industry Awards (2)

LUXlife 2020 Global Wedding Awards - Wedding Photography Venue of the Year (SE)
LUXlife 2020 Global Wedding Awards - Best Wedding Reception Venue (West Sussex)