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Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Sissinghurst

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Garden · Historic Site
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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  • No actual ‘castle’ here but beautiful gardens to explore. Not particularly accessible and you can’t take pushchairs in to the gardens themselves (Altho you can in the grounds for the circular walk...  more »
  • I have been to Sissinghurst many times over the years and loved the gardens. However we went today with our toddler grandson. I regret that I won’t be taking him again. We were unaware that...  more »
  • We stayed in Pett & visited Sissinghurst on our way back home. It was a nice sunny day so was quite busy. Plenty of parking & a 2 nice tea rooms. Walked around the gardens & also aro7nd the lakes...  more »
  • Sissinghurst is a lovely place to visit. Of course the gardens and the few rooms available to view are very well maintained. The volunteers are very knowledgeable about the objects and the history of the house. It is a beautiful, serene setting to spend an afternoon in.
  • The garden at Sissinghurst Castle is lovely including formal gardens in 'rooms' and less formal spaces. The borders are crammed with beautiful plants, there is also a vegetable and cutting garden. There is a coffee shop and plants/gardening sales area at the site entrance and a restaurant nearer to the garden. Although it was busy the day we visited we had no problem getting a table for lunch, the food was lovely. There is also the usual NT shop.
  • Gardens are good but can be a bit too much. Loads of places for a picnic and some good walks available. Two cafes mean ample choice for food and drink options plus the obligatory plant stall. A tower to climb and some interesting people and history to learn about.
  • Lovely place to visit, especially when the weather is cracking. The grounds are beautifully kept and have stunning views from the castle. Highly recommend the cafe here as well. Reasonably priced and wide choice of items. Be aware that if you have a buggy/pram they are not allowed in the gardens but they do provide alternatives that do not damage the garden area.
  • Stunning gardens and house with book tower of author Vita Sackville- West. You can see the graffiti of French prisoners of war from the Seven Years War 1756-63 when the tower was a forbidding and bleak prison . Nice tea rooms and shops offering usual NT range. Set in rolling countryside with a bird hide in the grounds so take your binoculars ! Perfect for the gardening enthusiast.

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