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When is the least crowded month/time to visit Sissinghurst?

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When is the least crowded month/time to visit Sissinghurst?

I have read blogs which claim that the hordes overwhelm Sissinghurst Castle gardens in high summer. Is there a time in spring or summer when the gardens are blooming but are less crowded? Is May a good month? Is it possible to obtain the timed tickets in advance?

How does one get a taxi from Staplehurst Station and what is the cost to Sissinghurst?

Thanks!

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1. Re: When is the least crowded month/time to visit Sissinghurst?

Have a look at the website for Sissinghurst

nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-sissinghurstcast…

I did notice it's closed on Wednesdays.

If it's a fine day and the garden is in full bloom it is likely to be busier.

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2. Re: When is the least crowded month/time to visit Sissinghurst?

May is Sissinghurst's busiest month of the year, particularly during Chelsea Flower Show week when hordes of coach tours include Sissinghurst as part of their garden visit schedules. However, even then, if you turn up later in the day you can avoid the crowds completely.

The gardens are open until 6.30 in the summer, the coaches have all gone by 5.00 and for the last hour or so there are very few people around and a feeling of peace and tranquility decends. The gardens and surrounding buildings look particularly beautiful at this time of day due to the position of the sun in the sky.

Which month to visit depends on your own taste really as different parts of the garden are at their best at different times - the spring flowers in the lime walk are lovely in April, the hot colours in the cottage garden look fabuluous in July, and the famous White garden and Rose gardens are at their best in June.

Can't help with the taxi cost but here's a link to the local taxi firm's website http://www.maidstonetaxicompany.co.uk/

Hope you enjoy your visit.

Roseville...
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3. Re: When is the least crowded month/time to visit Sissinghurst?

Thanks so much for the excellent information!

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