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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Wow what a truly wonderful castle garden this is. Friends of ours suggested we visited as we were in the area and we weren't disappointed. Beautiful colourful displays of spring and summer flowers ent... more »
We popped in to Sissinghurst Castle Gardens this morning on our way to Eastbourne, and what a delight they are. All the Spring Bulbs and Flowers are out in their full glory, and are truly a feast for ... more »
Set in the beautiful Kent countryside a place like this really justifies NT membership. The place is very much the history of the Nicolsons (Vita Sackville-West) and Virginia Woolf, members of the lou... more »
A wonderfully accessible and interesting National Trust treasure. The house is located in gorgeous rolling landscape with the house gardens being beautifully maintained. The estate walks offer lovely wooded rambles with ponds and open fields with sheep and cattle grazing. Interesting enough for children and adults alike. There is also a restaurant and cafe, the latter of which offers nice light bites and drinks with a lovely little library and gift shop attached.
If there was a true example of National Trust places to visit. Sissinghurst Castle would in my mind be the greatest example of why to join. It has the best example of everything that attracts me to my membership, from its sizable castle, Vast views across Cranbrook, flowering gardens for my photography. small lake, open fields, varying walks and a nice tea room to grab a drink or something to eat. The amount of times I visit Sissinghurst Castle in a year pays for my Trust membership alone.
Lovely place. Well manicured, kept in great order and the parking is plentiful. The ice creams were excellent (though only served over a short window in the early afternoon) and there are plenty of places to picnic outside the garden's entrance. You are permitted to the top of the gate house which offers stunning views. One negative was that the place was unwelcoming to children or families with young children as buggies and pushchairs were forbidden from entering the gardens. Though we understand that some of the paths were narrow, this did make our journey through the gardens a little more tenuous towards the end.
Had a great day out. Lovely weather. The gardens get busy but quieter by 4pm. Nice and relaxing. If you fancy a 3 mile walk in the country you can do that as well. Sign posts with white arrows show you the way. I wish they could put helpful numbers or letters on the posts and on the map so you can see exactly where you are on the route. There are no bins in the Picnic area.
One of the best gardens in the country! Add in a good restaurant/cafe and lovely walks around the estate and you have everything you need for a fine day out.
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