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Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Sissinghurst

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4.2/5 based on 900+ reviews on the web
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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  • ...lohnt is in our view too! The garden is beautifully landscaped and at the same time he acts very enchanted. You can follow small paths between high bushes and there are small benches and seating very inviting which is to stay. Also, the view from the tower is great...
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  • I visited Sissinghurst Castle & Gardens with a friend as she had long wanted to see the gardens there. This attraction is not on the grand scale of some others throughout the country but contained the...  read more »
  • We had the good fortune to visit Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens on a perfect cloudless Autumn day in September 2016. We took the train from Charing Cross Station to Staplehurst in Kent, a journey of ...  read more »
  • Great garden. Very nice park and towers. Highly recommend visiting in June when roses are blossoming. Cafe kitchen is open until 3pm so mind the time if you would like to have a lunch. Commute from London is complicated, it is better to rent a car to get to the garden.
  • An outstanding, delightful and enthralling garden. It keeps the vision of Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson alive. The estate walks, exhibitions, and cafe are well placed and contribute to a most enjoyable day out. Can get busy at times. For the full history visit Knole before visiting Sissinghurst - both are excellent.
  • Lovely gardens and woodland /lakeside walks. The gardens would really appeal to serious gardeners, but still a nice place to wander around even if you haven't got a clue what you're looking at! The wood and lakeside make really nice walks. Got a nice tea shop and gift /garden shops. Thought it unreasonable to charge for parking on top of the entrance fee, close to £30 for two adults in total seems a bit steep.
  • My partner and I visit Sissinghurst frequently. Its a joy for many reasons, but the garden is always the greatest delight. Its the early part of 2016 and its clear theres some new and radical thinking going on. The vision and plan for the garden this year is quite different. Its not outrageous, just not what we have been used to over the last few years. Naturally this is reflected in the new Head Gardener Troy Scott Smith. He's had three years to settle in and develop his vision and this year you can truly see his mark on the plan in progress. Theres been lots of trimming back of various plants, shrubs and natural borders. Its more open. Major coppicing is evident. The roses have been structured in to different trellis work. And the beds are more covered in manure than ever, whilst other areas have been controlled by wood chips. Whilst its not radical change, there are likely to be some significant different features and appearances over the next year. I'm looking forward to seeing them as they develop. For a great garden like Sissinghurst these are exciting times and I truly admire Troys approach. Some say its more like the original Sackville-West vision. This I have to see-regularly!
  • Went end of June and is was phantastic! I have rarely seen anything like it whether elsewhere in the UK or in the royal gardens of France. Absolutely loved it!
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