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Scotney Castle Garden, Lamberhurst

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Garden Historic Site
Step into the drama and romance of a landscape painting at Scotney Castle Garden. The formal garden, a celebrated example of the Picturesque style, was once host to a medieval castle and now surrounds the Victorian country mansion Scotney New Castle, which was inhabited until 2006. Wander through its rooms, admire the fine furnishings, and maybe even pet the resident cat. In the garden you can discover the ruins of the moated Old Castle and enjoy splendid flower collections. Venture further into the 310 hectares (770 acres) of woodland and parkland surrounding the garden, and spot the local Sussex Cattle. Grab a bite to eat in the tearoom or unwind and refuel in the woodland picnic area. Visit the castle’s shop to pick up some local produce, including honey made from the garden’s bees. Over the years, a number of notables have rented the apartments within: Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher rented the Belfry flat for a time in the 1970s as an escape and respite from Westminster life. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Scotney Castle Garden and many more Royal Tunbridge Wells attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Royal Tunbridge Wells vacation builder.
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  • I've been coming here for years, and the gardens were looking particularly lovely with many of the glorious rhododendrons in full bloom. Walking round the castle ruin is always fun, though the pond co...  more »
  • This fourteenth century moated castle and gardens, is a hidden gem. The gardens are spectacular along with the medieval architecture. Take to time to meander, indulge the senses and soak up the atmosp...  more »
  • It is a pleasant place to go for a quiet walk and enjoy the views of the gardens. seeing the (new) home was nice and looking at how the old meets the new. seeing what remains of the original castle ho...  more »

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