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Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Sissinghurst

#7 of 179 in Parks in Kent
Garden Historic Site
Admire world-renowned gardens set in a 186-hectare (460-acre) estate of scenic countryside at Sissinghurst Castle Garden. The poet and writer Vita Sackville-West and her diplomat husband Harold Nicholson fell in love with Sissinghurst Castle and began transforming it in the 1930s. They created its unusual gardens, which are designed as a series of themed "rooms." Explore the diversity of the gardens and venture through the open areas of the castle. The castle has served as the backdrop for a varied history; it was a prison camp in the 1700s and a home to the women’s land army in World War II. In the library, look for the original painting of the prison camp, which details its layout and the activities of the soldiers. Climb the steps of the tower to the room at the top, where Vita often wrote, and take in the same panoramic views that inspired her. The restaurant and coffee shop, supplied by Sissinghurst’s own organic vegetable plot, is an ideal place to stop for lunch. For Sissinghurst Castle Garden and beyond, use our Sissinghurst vacation route planner to get the most from your Sissinghurst vacation.
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  • Enjoyed spending a full day here in glorious sunshine. Loved the meadow planting, especially that outside the restaurant. Particularly enjoyed the White Garden. The roses were in full bloom but sadly ...  more »
  • My partner and I have just had a few days away, one of our days out was to Siisinghurst Castle. On arrival there is a car park which is £3 to park, there are disabled parking spaces but were all taken...  more »
  • Saw the garden 10 years ago and it was wonderful. The wider views and grounds are still spectacular, but what has gone wrong? The formal gardens have all but disappeared. So much seems given over to "...  more »
  • An interesting place to visit, with good walks and the gardens were spectacular, as you would expect from here. The staff and volunteers were friendly and informative, without being intrusive. Although it was very busy, it didn't really feel crowded. A very pleasant way to pass a few hours.
  • A trip back in time. Well looked after gardens. Den building for the kids and walks through the woods. Loose yourself in a quiet place for the day. Good food served on site. Will be planning a return visit very soon
  • The gardens in June are a joy to behold. And I'm not even a gardener! The buildings are also simply beautiful. Do go up the tower. Good wide steps and easy passing places, nothing too strenuous. You will not regret the view! It also gives you a glimpse into Vita Sackville-West's writing room with her specs still on the desk. The exhibition is also worth it, with a current display talking about sexuality in the context of Vita and Harold. Very good. The short film is also worth taking in for great context. Oh, and the ice cream is to die for...
  • Beautiful gardens and plenty of information about Vita and Harold. I learnt a lot about the couple who restored the gardens to their former glory. Delicious food in the restaurant. However, when you have a cake at the cafe, beware! If you leave your table for even a few seconds, the incredibly tame birds will be on it. It was very amusing to watch them coming down for any left crumbs.
  • Really nice place. We went in winter and managed to get inside the cottage. The volunteers there are lovely and they knew so much about the history of this place. We had great time listening to their stories and wondering around this place. Amazing service at the reception too. Will definitely go back in the summer to see the gardens.

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