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- The ruins of the old castle down by the lake is a lovely picturesque location. The grounds outside of the garden are very extensive, with open fields & woodland crossed by paths for walking. As regards the tearoom ,commented on by others, I did not have an issue & was happy with food & service. There was a bit of a wait for drinks, but nothing different to what you would experience elsewhere with a high volume of visitors. Remember to book the car park online, as bookings are checked when you drive in & it gets fully booked at busy times.Written 27 November 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Dan and Liam are so passionate about their birds and introduced us to 4 different species of owl, we got to interact with Boo, Eileen, Dave & Taiga and Sacha and were informed about each species and were able to ask lots of questions as well and enjoy the beautiful owls flying to us.
I would highly recommend this experience and I will definitely be returning.
Thank you so much Dan & LiamWritten 29 November 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- An excellent place for walking and exercising your dog (if you've got one). The paths are well maintained and both pushchair and wheelchair friendly (although it's quite a push up from the lake at the bottom). Boating facilities are available and there's plenty of grass for picnics. If you don't want to picnic there's a very good cafe. There's also free parking but the car park is limited in size.Written 2 October 2023This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Excellent place excellent staff we couldn’t be more pleased with everything Martin the toastmaster organised everyone and did it with such perfectionWritten 24 October 2023
- Our first visit to the venue, centrally located and very near the train station.
As you enter there is a small but well stocked bar with good service.
I think the place holds around 250, most areas of the hall will offer you good views.
Hopefully we will be back soonWritten 16 September 2023
- Stopped here 27/5/23 it’s a very nice place to sit in the sunshine there is a cafe and loos there just opposite to Tw railway station so easy to get to Sainsbury’s local just end of road by the grounds nice place for lunch or just sit there and chill love mr cheeky in KentWritten 28 May 2023
- We decided to take our 3-year-old grandson out one last time before he returned to school. Groombridge Place came up in discussion as a possible place to visit.
It was twenty years plus since our last visit with our children.
Having checked out details and noted it was under new management after closing in 2018 our expectations we managed by the statement on the website about improvements being carried out and our patience would be appreciated while this is carried out.
We tried to book online the night before and apply a 25% summer discount. This was not possible so we tried the following day (the day we intend to visit) only to find you can only book at least 24 hours in advance, So no discount then.
We still decide to go. On arrival at 2 pm we followed the sign to the carpark & coach park and ignored the handwritten sign for car parking. This meant we parked up in the original parking area and had a short walk to the entrance otherwise the distance was a lot longer.
It looked a bit run done but we paid the entrance fee which we felt was reasonable. When we asked if there was a map. We were told that they were waiting for new ones to be delivered and we could take a picture of the one they had in the shop.
We set of with our charge to see the Zedonk and birds of prey display.
Having time to spare before the show started. We carried on walking into the woods to see what was on offer and found the play area which was impressive and decided to come later.
We walked up into the woods further at which point our grandson wanted to use the toilet. I looked at the map on my phone and could see there was one close by which we went to. On arrival there was no toilet to be seen and not signs to show were the nearest one was. We decided to walk back to the entrance where we knew there was a toilet so 10 minutes later and with a little boy who was a little distressed by now because he was desperate, we arrived the toilet. It was untidy and needed a good clean. Because of this he couldn't go and was distraught. We calmed him down and had a drink in the cafe so we could be close to the toilet.
We purchased 2 teas and a small cake and felt the cost was a little steep but accepted this, but they were served in take away cups we had to ask for the cake as they forgot this item with no napkins available when asked we had to take these from the ice cream counter.
All the staff seemed to be young and have their minds on other matters such as their phones. so not impressed at all.
We tried again with the toilet, but to no avail we pressed on to see the Birds of Prey display, which was impressive, Especially seeing three black kites flying at the same time. We all enjoyed this part of our visit. We then went back into the woods and walked the boardwalk which although a bit run down was enjoyed by us all. the swings needed upgrading though. Making our way through the rest of the 'Enchanted woods' the original grottos and landscaped areas had definitely lost their Enchantment being very run down. There was lots of climbing and swing opportunities though.
We then had to take him back to the toilet another long walk!!! 30minute later we continued our walk though the woods. We spotted a group of fallow deer which was exciting.
We carried on and played on the rest of the climbing equipment of which there was a lot of to choose from this was late in the day about 5.30pm and we were the only people there. We had a drink at the kiosk again expensive and found another toilet at last.
We finished playing in the woods and made our way back to the car park leaving at 6pm.
In summary, we were initially disappointed because of the lack of toilets or proper signage and the poor service from the staff. Toilet by play area in the woods were the best on site having been recently refurbished.
The facilities need further improvement and hopefully in time this will happen.
The Bird of prey display was very good. With plenty of areas for kids to run around and let of steam and areas for adults to walk and take in the gardens and animals.
It does make a for a good family day out just don't expect all the amenities of more commercial venues.Written 7 September 2022
- Lovel expanse of water, although rather murky when I was there. Plenty of activities on offer and pleasant paths tracks around the area. Didn't try cafe so can't comment on that.Written 28 August 2023
- This was a peaceful place and we had a lovely hour or so wandering amongst the ruins. There were brief boards of information - but they only gave basic information. I would have liked to have more information.Written 8 May 2022
- It was several years since we last visited Scotney Castle on a tour, this time, under our own steam, we had more time to enjoy all it has to offer and to go on a wonderful walk - cleary signposted - all around the grounds which gave us super views back towards the property.
It was a glorious sunny day too which always helps!
We sat ourside for coffee and cake as it was so sunny... have to say... it's the only time out of all of our National Trust visits... dozens of them... we didn't find the cakes really good... my husband's sponge was dry and my cherry and almond tart, full of flavour but very dense.
The grounds were a delight to walk around in the sunshine and still had plenty of colour in them.
The staff inside the house were really friendly and full of information to share.
Highly recommend Scotney Castle as a place to visit.Written 7 October 2023
- Visited with my uncle and sister for a 3 hour experience including a hawk walk. From the moment we arrived we were made to feel welcomed. Both team we meet were incredibly knowledgeable and professional. They introduced us to some new baby owls and explained how the day would work. We then went out to the field for the flight experience. We got to experience several birds and learn all about them at same time. Our falconer was brilliant - she was happy to answer all our questions and was clearly really passionate about birds of prey. She was excellent. My favourite part was the hawk walk. I would 100 percent visit again (and probably will!) some of my photos are shared on this review.Written 6 August 2022
- Went to watch the production of Macbeth here since it’s local to me with some friends. It was great had a nice feel to it . The play was very good quite long but it’s Macbeth for you. Nice cafe down the bottom but was very busy so had to head into town in the interval to get some food. Would go there to watch another production and would recommend it to a-lot of people.Written 29 October 2023
- I’ve been climbing here for years and it’s one of my favourite places to be. The atmosphere is amazing, and everyone is so friendly! The facilities are great, and routes are reset regularly so there’s always something new to be working on!Written 6 August 2023
- Oh what a night ! - thoroughly enjoyed Frankie last night. We were dancing in the aisles.
My only comment is the lighting was blinding the audience- lights need to stay on the stage please. I nearly had to put my sunglasses on!
Over all a great evening.Written 15 April 2023
- Local produce and great selection of pick your own fruit, with the fairly recent addition of a tea room/coffee shop makes for a winning combinationWritten 17 September 2019
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