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Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Sissinghurst

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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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  • Great place to spend a few hours. The gardens are beautiful & very well designed. The vegetable garden was wonderful with lots of helpful tips as you go round. The view from the top of the castle is.....  more
    Great place to spend a few hours. The gardens are beautiful & very well designed. The vegetable garden was wonderful with lots of helpful tips as you go round. The view from the top of the castle is.....  more »
  • Really disappointed Long narrow lane on approach to the house ( it’s not a castle ) not many passing points. Dogs welcome The gardens are beautiful Only two areas you can see is a old lounge area... 
    Really disappointed Long narrow lane on approach to the house ( it’s not a castle ) not many passing points. Dogs welcome The gardens are beautiful Only two areas you can see is a old lounge area...  more »
  • If you only have time for one or two sites on your trip to East Sussex and Kent, make sure to include Sissinghurst, especially if you are a gardener at heart. The gardens are nicely maintained, the.....  more
    If you only have time for one or two sites on your trip to East Sussex and Kent, make sure to include Sissinghurst, especially if you are a gardener at heart. The gardens are nicely maintained, the.....  more »
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  • Great place to visit during any season for walks or just enjoy the beautiful garden. Picturesque views of the garden and estate from the top of the tower which consists of 79 stairs. Lots of benches skattered around the garden. There is the cafe and the restaurant there with some choices of cold and hot food and drinks. There is also the gift shop there. Lots of parking available including disable parking short walking distance from the castle and gardens. £4 per car.
  • Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens are absolutely stunning, albeit the dry weather causing many green things to turn brown!! The grounds are beautifully kept by National Trust and there is plenty to see and do for those who enjoy exploring on foot! We particularly loved the Vegetable Garden! The walk up the steep stairwell to the Tower is worth it - you will be rewarded with incredible views across the estate. The Granary restaurant is set in a lovely location looking across the estate - the cream tea and/or the flapjacks are tasty!
  • National Trust property with ample parking and amenities for visitors. Collect your ticket to the property from the entrance before going into the garden. The gardens are beautifully maintained and brimming over with flowers and scents when we visited in June. There are walks around the estate, a vegetable garden and bird hide ti explore. Unfortunately Vita’s writing room in the tower was closed for repair but we could go into the library. The restaurant is situated with views over the surrounding countryside and has both vegan and gluten free options.
  • Lovely to visit these wonderful gardens again. We didn't want anything too strenuous and it was perfect for wandering around taking in the different vistas. Took advantage of climbing the tower from which there are magnificent views. Cafe is excellent.
  • Beautiful gardens to spend the day alone, with kids or pets. There is a place to relax and even a nice Caffee. Parking is quite large, free for national trust members. There is loads of disabled parking and bike parking available close to the entrance. The toilets were clean. The shop had a variety of gifts, from the usual postcards and kitchen items to delicious jams and preserves. Definitely recommend

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