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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  • Wonderful National Trust garden, best visited in June. Get there early because it gets very busy and is really much more fun when it’s not too crowded. Reasonable and pretty standard National Trust cafe and shop. The entry price is a bit steep perhaps, but definitely worth a summer visit.
  • Beautiful gardens, good food and drink, if not a bit pricey; but then again when isn't a national trust house. The pricing shouldn't put anyone off however, the flora, scenery, country walks and interesting history all suffice for this one minor offset. Having had experience as a volunteer on the site I can honestly say that the staff are some of the kindest I've met and the atmosphere is one of the comfortable for a tourist site.
  • I only went for breakfast and a walk in the garden before another castle opened but it was lovely. I enjoyed walking around. Will be super when tower finished.
  • Sissinghurst Castle Garden is beautiful! I will not get tired of going there again and again. The Garden was beautifully planned and well landscaped. I was enchanted by its beauty and wished I have a house with a garden like Sissinghurst Castle and Garden.
  • National trust highlight. Not sure about the figure on the gender and relationships thing in the displays in the tower. Restaurant is good (extra seating upstairs is a boon). All the sculpted gardens offer some really pretty and rehang little hideaways.

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