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Sissinghurst Castle Garden

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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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Sissinghurst Castle Biddenden Road | near Cranbrook, Sissinghurst TN17 2AB, England
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Have always wanted to visit Sissinghurst Castle Gardens. What we saw was very nice but of course we are deep into Autumn so the gardens were in fact closed to the public. However, the view from the top of the tower was wonderful and a...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed November 8, 2018

Have been to Sissinghurst many times, in all seasons, rain or shine. As a photographer I never walk away without being able to take pictures. Hot and cold food is usually available.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed November 7, 2018

Good day out, went with family, lovely gift shop. The restaurant is very nice with plenty of choice for the whole family. Plenty of people to give you lots of useful information about the family home.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed November 6, 2018

It had been my dream to see the white garden for many years and I was disappointed that it had been replaced - but the replacement was beautiful. We climbed the tower where Vita Sackville-West dreamed and wrote and were just in time for a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Beth D
Reviewed November 4, 2018 via mobile

We have been to Sissinghurst Castle before, and loved it. The gardens are currently closed, but the house is open for public. The exhibition in the Oast House was wonderful. Great timeline of Beatrix Potters life, original books and paintings, plus 2 videos to watch...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 28, 2018 via mobile

We often walk to Sissinghurst from Cranbrook, a beautiful 7 mile round trip through fields and woods. As a result we see the gardens at all times of the year. This visit it was quite autumnal but still very colourful in the walled gardens. The...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 23, 2018

Late October probably isn`t the best time for the gardens, but nevertheless there was quite a bit of colour to see. The whole site is much improved since our last visit. Nice new cafe and visitor centre.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 23, 2018

My partner and I stopped here for a couple of hours to break up a long car journey, I've not been to a National Trust place before and was mildly surprised at how much it was to get to just walk round the garden! However...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 21, 2018 via mobile

Visited with extended family (entry was £36 for a family of four, parking was free). Fantastic weather added to the experience. Lovely gardens and grounds. Highlight was the view from the tower. I have docked a star as the cafe/restaurant was not great (dry cake...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 16, 2018 via mobile

...in Europe, Americas, Asia...or anywhere. An absolutely magical place, the gorgeous gardens — well worth a visit in themselves — being further enhanced both by their juxtaposition with the historic buildings and by the rich personal and professional histories of their creators. And an easy...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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September 3, 2018|
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Response from 18Susanne18 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry for the late answer... I have no clue, we rented a car. Sorry I was no help.
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July 26, 2018|
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I think they are allowed in parts on a lead but it makes most sense to call them and ask. Nobody wishes to leave a dog in a car in this weather
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July 17, 2018|
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Response from Elizabeth F | Reviewed this property |
I think you would have to travel by train to Staplehurst ,then get a taxi to Sissinghurst.
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Sissinghurst, Leeds Castle, Canterbury (10 Replies)
My wife and I will be traveling to London in June. We have never been there before, so I am completely unfamiliar with local transportation. We have allotted 2 days for a side trip to visit the Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Leeds Castle, and Canterbury Cathedral. What is the best way to do this? Should we rent a car or take public transportation? How much time should be given to each site? Would a tour company be a better option? Any help or suggested itineraries would be extremely helpful!
March 07, 2014|
Response fromcubsur|
Sissinghurst Castle is not easy to reach by train or bus, being 5 miles from the nearest station at Staplehurst (trains from London every 30 minutes every day) and over a mile from the bus stop in Sissinghurst village. Unless there is a compelling reason to go there, I would miss that one. Certainly having a car to get there would make life easier. It's an hour or so drive from Canterbury. Leeds Castle is a bit shorter trip, about 45 minutes from Canterbury. Canterbury would make a good...More
Portland, Oregon
Sissinghurst Castle Garden from Staplehurst (10 Replies)
I was just checking transportdirect.com (great info on door to door travel) and it looks like a 30 minute walk from Staplehurst to Sissinghurst. Anyone know how available cabs are, and how much that trip might cost?
May 11, 2008|
Response fromGilliganuk|
Just phoned my sister who lives in Staplehurst. She laughed, and said, "They must be going to the "world-famous" Sissinghurst gardens. The gardens aren't that special, and there are many others in the area just as good, but Sissinghurst must do a really good PR job!" Our distant relatives from New Zealand had heard of it, and wanted to visit when they were over. Anyway, my sister goes by car, so not much help there. She uses MTC cabs, and says it costs £5 to travel 1 mile, if that gives...More
Seattle, Washington
Sissinghurst Castle Garden without a car -- lodging options (3 Replies)
We are in our late seventies interested in going from London to Sissinghurst on public transportation. It seems we can do this in about an hour and a half by train and bus. Would it be advisable to make this a two-or-three days trip? What might be the best lodging options for people without a car? Would we be able to take buses to see other nice places in the region?
January 07, 2018|
Response fromBayB0y|
Tenterden is an excellent suggestion, a delightful little town and would have everything you need for a short stay. Cranbrook is even nearer, a smaller version of Tenterden yet I would prefer Tenterden’s charm and vibrancy and that has the bonus of the steam railway link to Bodiam Castle. Sissinghurst is a pretty but tiny little village on a busy road, it does have a pub with rooms however I’m not sure about the bus services in that part of Kent. If you’re checking Sissinghurst village...More