Sissinghurst Castle Garden
Sissinghurst Castle Garden
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Owned and maintained by the National Trust, this famous 20th-century garden is actually a series of ten smaller "garden rooms," each uniquely different from the others.
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  • Slo01
    England, United Kingdom264 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Astonishing
    Tucked away down some little lanes that present a challenge when a bus comes down them is this most amazing garden and buildings. One of the best gardens I have ever been to. Full of colour and variety and lots of hidden bits to find.
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 May 2023
  • green_naturelover100
    Wakefield, United Kingdom133 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lovely day in a special garden
    This is one of my favourite places and never disappoints. It was a lovely sunny day and there were quite a few people visiting but it didn’t feel crowded at all. We had a coffee in the little cafe and then after strolling around the gardens, a light meal in the restaurant which was cooked very well and the ingredients all tasted fresh. We rounded this off with a visit to the shop for some goodies. Parking was easily accessible and the volunteers were cheerful and friendly. A thoroughly enjoyable day in this special garden.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 June 2023
  • LordCadwell
    Maidenhead, United Kingdom626 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Step back in time
    Lovely building best enjoyed in a low sun. Wonderful garden and space to walk in the open or the shade. Narrow paths make it a bit congested at times so get there early. Spiral staircase and rooftop view plus the old mill are wondrous to contemplate a life less complicated
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 June 2023
  • debburt5
    Melbourne, Australia34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A beautiful restful garden.
    We visited Sissinghurst on a warm sunny day last week. We had no trouble finding it, even though it is tucked down a long driveway and is not visible from the road, it is well signposted. The whole area is set out well. You are able to go to the care or garden shop, to the restaurant or gift shop before having to pay entrance and go through to the gardens itself. Upon entering the gardens through an impressive arched doorway, you enter into a leaned area, then depending on which direction you then take, you can walk through different”rooms” of flowers and plants and trees. There is a white garden, a rose garden, a cottage garden and lime walk. There are seats dotted around for you to be able to just sit and take in the beautiful surrounds, the ones in the shade though were very popular. After spending a good hour and a bit in the gardens we went and had lunch in the restaurant (nothing fancy there) but then returned to the gardens and found a bench in the shade and sat and read for awhile. This was a lovely relaxing day for us in the middle of a five week trip around England's south and it revived us somewhat.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 June 2023
  • Nick H
    St Leonards-on-Sea, United Kingdom467 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome!
    My wife and I went here for the first time during a weekday, there were an awful lot of visitors even then. It was very easy find, very easy to park, with plenty of volunteer stewards to point you in the right direction. The gardens were huge and breathtakingly beautiful, we'd never previously seen gardens so well arranged by colours and by species,- just awesome! We thought, that because of the mass of people, that we'd miss out on our usual coffee and a cake following our tour and, sure enough, the café was packed with a long queue snaking out of it. Disappointed, we decided to leave, but on the way back to the car park we found another café, with an outside area that was well shaded too! This National Trust venue was such a delightful surprise for us that we have resolved to go back soon. You must go too.!
    Visited June 2023
    Written 26 June 2023
  • junkbond007
    Norwich, United Kingdom74 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely place to visit
    Lovely place to visit for half a day. Don’t miss the 30 minute talk by an expert (times are on a board at reception). Unusual and romantic buildings and gardens. Climb the tower for some lovely views - it’s a narrow and steep spiral stair case though. Tip: for refreshments drive into the village and try the The Milk House on the high street. You won’t be disappointed.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 July 2023
  • Gerald M
    East Grinstead, United Kingdom26 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice but with faults
    Idyllic setting and stunning views. Gardens are abundant with colour. However an odd place to visit, reason being you have to book the tour around the cottage (it's shut in June( (you go in ask for tickets and get a time to tour) I have to say the lady who did our 1/2 talk and guide was excellent. The Tower is an odd one it's very steep and the woman doesn't tell anyone it's unsuitable for people who are unsteady on their feet or hard to walk up steep stairs. We saw people with walking sticks who no way we're getting to the top. Infact they had to turn around and go down. We saw a couple stumble and fall! The restaurant is nice but very limited choice of items and the queue was horrendous. I'd suggest take your own packed lunch. There is a small cafe where you can get a hot or cold drink and a piece of cake and that is much quieter. Overall it's interesting but would I recommend it? Yes, but be aware of its shortfalls and if its wet don't go!
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 July 2023
  • MikeyG53
    Emersons Green, United Kingdom4,017 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Attractive gardens, with towering views
    On a mini break to Sussex and Kent we were moving again and this time it was away from Canterbury in Kent, southwest into East Sussex and the small town of Rye. On the way (with a 13 mile detour down some ‘interesting’ country lanes) we called into this National Trust property. On arrival it looked like half of the population of Sussex had decided to visit here today, yes it was a really sunny and warm day and this was obviously the place to go on such a day. We queued to park (we were probably avoided having to park in the overflow by about 6 cars). We had a long walk to the entrance, then we queued to get a coffee in the gift shop café near the entrance, and we queued again for a long time to get some lunch in the main restaurant. Still we managed most of it and enjoyed our visit, the highlight of which was to ascend the 78 precarious steps up ‘The Tower’ to see extended views of the gardens. I don’t ‘do’ heights (I suffer from vertigo) but my Partner decided to climb up, and even she was nervous in places. The same narrow winding steps up are also the same winding steps used to descend. That just increases the anxiety level as those going up meet those coming down. Surely this is a disaster waiting to happen; there needs to be a reorganisation, where parties would be allowed up and brought down in batches. The gardens provided pleasant walks and we took advantage of these for about three hours (including a visit to the restaurant for a good snack lunch). Well worth a visit and as usual the National Trust volunteers and staff were wonderful, but stay at ground level.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 July 2023
  • Scotlandmac
    Glasgow, United Kingdom13,893 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the most beautiful places I’ve seen
    Oh my goodness photos just can’t do this garden and setting justice.It is gorgeous with planting and combinations and types of flowers I’ve rarely seen anywhere else.A real English Cottage Garden with every inch filled with flowers, all complementing each other beautifully.It is a work of art.Forget Kew Gardens..this is the place! Set against the lovely old Kent buildings, it is a little paradise.The White Border offers vistas I couldn’t have imagined in terms of beauty.As do so many other sections of the garden. This is the sort of place you feel you have to visit more than once in your life.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 15 July 2023
  • Lilacwheaty
    Nottingham, United Kingdom867 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    In praise of NT volunteer staff- thanks for your enthusiasm!
    In early July the gardens were as stunningly good as ever, well maintained and full of colour, beautifully laid out. A minor niggle was that some borders spilled onto narrow paths, with the lawns fenced off, so there was not always enough space to accommodate the number of visitorsW We had a tour of the cottage where the Sackville wests wrote and slept. Our 80 year old guide was so lovely and clearly enjoyed sharing his enthusiasm and knowledge of the family history, as a nice addition to the usual highlights
    Visited July 2023
    Written 28 July 2023
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Tamara C
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Had a brilliant time. The gardens were stunning. I would love to go again in the summer.
We took the tour of the cottage which was fascinating , well worth visiting.
Written 14 April 2024
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Andrew Oliver-Morley
London, UK383 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Absolutely love this NT property and have had the pleasure of visiting several times. The staff are friendly and helpful and the gardens are spectacular.Living in London we have limited access to the national trust but feel that the annual membership is a worthy course even if we don’t get the chance to max out on recouping our money !
Written 14 April 2024
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juliaandadam123
Ashford, UK1,733 contributions
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Apr 2024 • Family
It is such a shame to give Sissinghurst such a low rating, but we really were disappointed with our visit today.
The Spring flowers themselves were pretty and fragrant and the garden is very clearly maintained, but the management and cost is less than satisfactory!

I will start by saying we are not NT members (this is because local to us there are very few NT properties and we tend to holiday abroad and not in England).
It cost us over £50 for 2 adults and 1 child and we spent less than an hour and a half in total in the paid part of the grounds.
The paths are narrow and fenced so you can’t get on the grass to overtake (understandable with the wet weather we’ve been having). However this causes issues when people are walking in different directions and trying to pass! There were then queues to get into the Persian display and tower, which again took up space on the already crowded paths. We then got to the house to look inside and were told that there were tours on the hour and half hour, but these were already fully booked for the next few hours so we wouldn’t be able to get in. This was a real shame and we felt like this should have been made clear when we were sold our tickets and we could have then made a decision on whether or not we wanted to bother visiting at all.

Unfortunately today’s experience has put us off returning, so I guess we will never know what else Sissinghurst had to offer?
Written 6 April 2024
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David E
Crowborough, UK487 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The spring flowers were amazing and, considering the weather, remarkably pristine. A shame that the wet weather necessitated some parts inaccessible but that certainly did not prevent us enjoying the display.
Written 2 April 2024
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wombatdavid
Hobart, Australia2,653 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We enjoyed a trip to these gardens and lucky for us the South Cottage was open - you can do a guided tour. The gardens were beautiful and we enjoyed going up the tower and seeing the library. Lunch was good in the cafe and we did the lake loop walk. It is expensive to enter at £13 but we had joined NT in Australia so got in free. The history of Vita is so fascinating and nice to see some non-straight people getting their history told.
Written 27 March 2024
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Dartford lynn
Dartford, UK59 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This is a National Trust property comprising grounds, large varied gardens, a Tower, restaurant, shop/second hand bookshop/cafe, large NT shop and spotless toilets. We didn’t expect such spectacular springtime gardens, full of interest and colour, areas divided by hedges into “rooms” - we didn’t know where we would find ourselves next, going through gaps. All this was developed by Vita Sackville West and her husband. The current Persian exhibit has some beautiful pieces and gives some very interesting facts about the couple’s eccentric lifestyle. We didn’t choose to climb the Tower!

What really makes any properties a pleasure to visit are the volunteers and staff, and everyone we met here was friendly and welcoming. Special mention to the lovely Scottish lady in the small cafe/shop near the car park. We’d had delicious scones and coffees in the main restaurant before venturing into the gardens (the views from the conservatory window are beautiful), and other peoples’ sandwiches and jacket potatoes looked very good, but just wanted a quick top up before going back home. The second hand book collection in there is huge.

We intend to go back in the summer, when the gardens will look completely different.
Written 23 March 2024
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jenny d
Honiton, UK77 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
This is a lovely peaceful place to visit..and the exhibition.paradise gardens and the families connections to persia are extremely interesting. The recent poor weather has affected some of the garden paths..not easy to negotiate as an elderly or disabled person. However one can appreciate the great care and passion that's has created and continues to maintain this special garden in immaculate condition..well worth a visit.
Written 23 March 2024
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Hoppityskip
Essex, UK13,914 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The buildings were interesting but gardens great, looking forward to the summer to see gardens at their best.
Cakes were a HUGE disappointment, overcooked and underflavoured in the busy but slow cafe.
Toilets clean.
Written 16 March 2024
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Nigel L
Surrey, UK1 contribution
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Jan 2024 • Couples
On a grey, misty January day, we still had a very enjoyable first visit, prompted by watching a BBC4 repeat of one of Vita Sackville-West's works. Staff very friendly and helpful, and displays interesting and instructive. The Tower alone was worth the 110-mile round trip, with the story of the French POWs and their graffiti. A major reconstruction work recently completed to a very high standard. Recommended: we shall return when the garden is in bloom.
Written 30 January 2024
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Cheekycockney190757
Basildon, UK8,548 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Visited on Wednesday 29th November 2023 on my penultimate day of National Trust membership. A property which has been used as a Napoleonic prison before Vita Sackville-West, the poet and writer, began transforming Sissinghurst Castle in the 1930s. The car park is near the entrance, which also contains a shop/second-hand bookstore. There are various buildings that you can access which include both artefacts and pictures accompanied by details of both the history of the building and the artefact or picture. The main building has limited access as the original owners still retain most of the rooms, as with a lot of these NT sites I have found. The Tower was interesting as it included the owner's writing room. The gardens were beautifully laid out but obviously, as it was winter the plants etc were not in bloom but would look amazing in summer. Didn't use it but there is a cafe.
Written 27 January 2024
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