Kiplings Gardens were once part of The Elms, where Rudyard Kipling lived from 1897 to 1902. Kipling rented the house for 3 guineas a week and it was here that he wrote Stalky & Co, Kim and some of his famous Just So Stories.
The gardens later became derelict for many years under private ownership and eventually permission to build on them was sought. Fortunately, this was refused on appeal and the land was bought by The Preservation Society, who then restored the gardens creating the present Kipling Gardens. The gardens are considered a fine example of 'horticultural excellence' and have been frequent holders of the prestigious Green Flag, which is awarded to the best parks and green spaces in England and Wales.
The gardens were opened in 1986, when they were formally handed over to Brighton & Hove Council for the long term benefit of residents and visitors, who can relax in quietness and seclusion within the beautiful surroundings.
Highlights in the garden include the walled Rose Garden, a Herb Garden and a Wild Garden. The Wild Garden can be used for picnics and the playing of croquet can be seen during the summer.
Please note; apart from croquet played by Club Members, no ball games, radios or dogs are allowed.
Disabled access is available for wheelchairs, plus there is a scented garden for blind or partially sighted people.
No toilets are available within the gardens.
Open: Seven days a week until dusk
Buses: 2, 2A, 12 and 27 all serve Rottindean.
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Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.
Map & Directions
From Brighton Pier, travel east for approximately 3 miles.
Public Transport Directions
Local buses stop nearby.
- All Areas Accessible to Disabled Visitors
- Guide Dogs Permitted
- Picnic Site
- Outdoor Attraction
- Village Location
* Open Daily until dusk.