Kipling Gardens, Rottingdean
Named after the village's most famous resident, Jungle Book writer Rudyard Kipling, these delightful gardens are full of rustic village charm.
Surrounded by flint walls and sitting close by to Rottingdean’s village green and duck pond, Kipling Gardens is a great example of a traditional English garden.
In close walking distance from the gardens are local shops and cafés. The nearby twelfth century church St Margaret’s is famous for its Burne Jones windows.
Kipling Gardens is one of six parks in the city that is recognised by the Green Flag award scheme. Green Flag award management plan for Kipling Gardens [PDF 6.26MB].
The 2 and 2A buses run past the park every few minutes during the day. Further information and timetables available from the Brighton & Hove Bus company.
There is very limited free parking available Falmer road.
Opening Times -
Park: Always open.
Features of the gardens
Like all the best traditional gardens, Kipling Gardens are divided into a series of distinctive areas. These include a woodland garden, which is particularly beautiful in spring and a rose garden full of beautiful colours and scents.
The garden contains thousands of bulbs that produce a carpet of colour in spring. There's also a small herb garden and a chalk garden with picnic tables, just perfect for those who want to relax longer and have a bite to eat in these beautiful surroundings. The garden also has the only formal croquet lawn in the city.
Did you know?
The gardens were originally the grounds of 'The Elms', the country house which Rudyard Kipling rented between 1897 and 1902. Kipling wrote many of his Just So stories in the house.
The gardens had become overgrown over many decades, but were rescued and restored by the Rottingdean Preservation Society in the early 1980s. In 1986 the site was formally handed over to the council and they have been maintained and improved upon to this day.
You can also Dedicate a Bench at this park.
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