Sissinghurst Castle Garden

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Sissinghurst Castle Garden, beautiful grounds laid out by Vita Sackville West


Biddenden Road
TN17 2AB


Tel: 01580 710701


Le chateau at Sissinghurst, as it was once nicknamed, is not a castle at all. However, what it is, is a network of marvellous squat Tudor buildings meaning that the Sissinghurst manor house is at least 300 years old.

Nestled in the hills of the Weald of Kent, we also know that from Sissinghurst Castle’s history, it is built on a former pig farm dating from Saxon times.

The tower in the midst of the garden is built in a style reminiscent of a castle’s fortifications. 

French prisoners were kept in desperate conditions in the ‘castle’ during the Seven Years War which is how it earned the name ‘le chateau’, and it stuck as a translation into the English.

The last private owners passed the estate to the National Trust in 1967 to care for it.

The Garden

Sissinghurst Castle is most famous for its garden.  In fact it is world famous.  Thousands of visitors a year come to Sissinghurst to admire the White Garden in particular.

The garden laid out by novelist Vita (christened Victoria) Sackville-West and diplomat Harold Nicolson is just as beautiful today as it was in the late 1930s after the devoted couple replanted the derelict Elizabethan farm.

Visit Sissinghurst Castle Garden to experience their vision and the rooms in which Vita used to write her poetry.

In particular search out the mini-tower, the white gazebo, on the corner of the moat. Imagine Vita writing overlooking the inspirational view of the gentle farmland and meadows to the north- northwest.

Climb the Castle Tower to see the aerial view of the gardens and further afield across the countryside.

Stay for a local lunch either in a nearby country pub or within the grounds of the estate in The Granary Restaurant. As is the wont of the National Trust, many of the ingredients like the herbs and vegetables are grown metres away from the kitchen.

Visit the shop for perfect plants and gifts or just relax in glorious surroundings overlooking the Weald of Kent, picnic field available.

Sissinghurst Castle Garden is open all year round, excepting Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, from 11am – 5.30pm but please double check the website first.  

The surrounding estate is vast and includes lakes, woods and farmland welcoming well-behaved dogs on leads. There is even a special dog ramp so your pet can enter the lake for a dip without damaging the delicate banks and plant life.

The best time to visit depends on what you like. Around the estate you can see bluebells in spring, snowdrops in winter and hunt out the little fairy doors too!  In June, the roses are usually at their best.

Sissinghurst Village

From London, you can get the train to Staplehurst and then the bus – only an hour and a half if you check the timings first!  If you’re driving it would only take 2 and a quarter hours – just right for a long weekend break.

Click on the tab above for a map of Sissinghurst village and where Sissinghurst Castle Garden is.

Easily stay nearby in comfortable accommodation and wander around the quaint village taking in the pretty cottages and walks cross country in the area.  Only a couple of miles from Cranbrook, the former Capital of the Weald, there is plenty to keep you amused!

See a review of the area from local Mum, Clare.

Opening Times

2018 (1 Jan 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)

* Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
Garden & Tower 11.00 - 17.30
Shop and restaurant 10.00 - 17.30

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