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. Work out when and for how long to visit Sissinghurst Castle Garden and other Sissinghurst attractions using our handy Sissinghurst sightseeing planner.
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Brookers1August 20, 2017
The NT have created an excellent narrative to guide you through the different 'garden rooms' created by Vita Sackville West. Although it is late summer and many of the beds are past their best walking... more »
Heather HAugust 18, 2017
Loved the view from the top of the tower and the gardens are lovely. We went round fairly fast the cafes are rather small so they get busy really quickly. more »
TravelhappyEnglandAugust 18, 2017
Beautiful gardens and a treat for proper gardners. Very interesting plants and plenty of colour. Excellent views from the tower. 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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