Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Sissinghurst

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#5 of 221 in Parks in Kent
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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  • Although there are a number of buildings to explore, they are all quite close together, so you can see the nucleus of the site quite easily. But, if you want to explore further, there are countryside ...  more »
  • We visited for lunch and despite an article in the latest national trust magazine saying they are improving gluten free options it hasn’t arrived at sissinghurst yet. One could have a jacket potato wi...  more »
  • Not so much a castle (the original fell down some centuries ago) but expansive gardens and a number of buildings to visit. Although out of season for the gardens, they were still interesting to see an...  more »
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  • Really nice National Trust site in Kent. All the volunteers were enthusiastic and friendly and the grounds are so nice to walk around. We came on a day before the flowers had all come out so plan on visiting again. The food and drink from the little cafe were tasty as ever.
  • A lovely day out, and despite its popularity, it never seems too full. Lots of beautiful flower beds, even early in the year the colours are stunning. A place beautifully and sensitively looked after by the National Trust.
  • Nice gardens though not that wheelchair friendly. Restaurant meals were very tasty though on the small side. A worthwhile place to visit if able bodied where far more is accessible.
  • Beautiful place to visit. You can spend hours walking around the beautiful gardens and if feeling energetic a trip to the top of the tower for spectacular views! Lovely to visit in the different seasons and see how the gardens change over the months.
  • Having been here 2 years in a row before the flowers were out, I can say it is well worth a visit at any time of the year. I shall be going back again later in the year to enjoy the beautiful grounds. It is well worth a stroll down to the lakes if you have the time, can be quite muddy though if it has been raining.
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