Sissinghurst Castle Garden
Sissinghurst Castle Garden
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:30 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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  • green_naturelover100
    Wakefield, United Kingdom127 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 19, 2023
  • LordCadwell
    Maidenhead, United Kingdom631 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 22, 2023
  • debburt5
    Melbourne, Australia86 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written June 26, 2023
  • Nick H
    St Leonards-on-Sea, United Kingdom523 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 June 26, 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
    Traveled with family
    Written July 10, 2023
  • Gerald M
    East Grinstead, United Kingdom66 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 13, 2023
  • MikeyG53
    Emersons Green, United Kingdom5,256 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 14, 2023
  • Scotlandmac
    Glasgow, United Kingdom14,078 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 July 15, 2023
  • Lilacwheaty
    Nottingham, United Kingdom846 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 July 28, 2023
  • Roundy
    Horsham, United Kingdom3,078 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful and well maintained gardens
    Visited yesterday with my mum and we were impressed. Contrary to the last review we thought the gardens were in very good condition considering their size. A few small areas had temporary closure signs bit those available to explore were well kept and much work was underway with gardeners at work in many sections, weeding, pruning or planting and they were happy to answer a few queries which we had about the plants. Veg garden is worth a visit too - that also had about 4 gardeners at work amongst the huge array of crops. It was a pleasure to wander for 3 hours. Definitely worth climbing the 79? steps to the top of the tower fir an overview, from where you can admire the many smartly trimmed hedge planting patterns etc from above! Plenty of parking - it was busy and we were directed to an overflow field with easy access to the entrance.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 11, 2023
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SJV
London, UK6 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Solo
Apart from car park being £3 and then an entry fee of £10.50 and very "pushy" staff in info centre trying desperately to persuade you to join National Trust on a yearly basis, I was surprised that the place was "open" to the public. The mud was so deep it was dangerous, people slipping and sliding especially near the moat. Paths were closed and large areas cordoned off, only a handful of plants in the gardens...these being snowdrops and crocuses. All statues were still covered up with cloths so nowhere to photograph without these unsightly barriers. I appreciate this was a February visit but why not open later in the year when there are flowers and shrubs etc or charge a half price entry fee and notify visitors that certain areas are 'out if bounds'? The restaurant was heaving. I ordered a sandwich which was made with standard supermarket bread, served on a hot plate?!! Will I visit again...I'm not sure, sadly.
Written February 2, 2020
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AshBush
London, UK444 contributions
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Jul 2020 • Family
As members of National Trust with a newborn baby we booked our tickets through the website in-line with COVID-19 guidelines.

It was not made clear that Prams are not welcome and are expected to be left unattended beside a hedge (laden with baby paraphernalia and expensive piece of kit) and also to carry a baby that’s weeks old in a sling (we choose not to use one).

The staff weren’t particularly helpful or understanding even when we explained we had driven over an hour to get there.

The only facilities we saw/used were the toilets by the restaurant which were dirty and had a constantly running tap.

Won’t be going back.
Written July 18, 2020
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DAVID W
London, UK253 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Couples
The day we chose was very cold and I suspect that many who booked didn't turn up. So it felt like we had the place almost to ourselves.
Compared to other gardens we have seen this year, Sissinghurst is putting on a really good show in most places
Of course the indoor parts are closed.
And again, compared to other places you are pretty much free to roam around where you wish.
I much prefer this and everyone was reasonably pleasant.
If you are of a nervous disposition then there isn't always total social distancing, but no different to a supermarket... and it is outdoors.
So if you want to see Sissinghurst without the crowds go now... even if it's not 100% perfect at present
Written July 6, 2020
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Laksalover
Epsom, UK95 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
This was a pilgrimage (of sorts) to a lauded garden (and read and enjoyed Nicholson's 3 volumes of Diaries and Letters), but we went far too late in the season. After a long periods of dry weather, and the NT seemingly ruthless with staffing during COVID, the plants were dry, beds in need of TLC, most plants gone over (nothing much in the Rose or White Gardens) and the meadow and orchard, well, like any other meadow and orchard. Good to see the layout and imagine what it's like in May (when at its best according to the volunteer guides). The shop was rather bland, it's clearly been brought into line with other NT places, and lacked any unique or quirky 'Sissinghurst-ness'. Best to wait for May...
Written August 22, 2020
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bernadette m
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3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
A few tips, I discovered on my day at Sissinghurst

Firstly there is a bus that goes to the village of Sissinghurst, it costs £2 and it goes from outside the newspaper shop, outside the station.

From the village of Sissinghurst you can walk, and even climb over the fence on the last part of the walk, and go along the fields to the castle. It was beautiful weather on the day I visited . Also you will be safer from cars passing on the route up to the castle.

Secondly, if you are travelling by train and coming into Staplehurst, the train station TOILETS, close after 5 pm.

The third thing is buses, they go only every hour on weekends.. if you have a Freedom pass you can use it.

if you have a National trust pass, when you get to the castle go to the information point as you have to have it scanned there, you get a bookmark type thing to enter the castle.
Written August 20, 2023
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Barbara
Canterbury, UK78 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
Sissinghurst Castle Gardens disappoints on this occasion

This is a garden I know and enjoy. It was sad to see the unkept roses; all but 2 gardeners were furloughed so volunteers are not permitted to help. The 2 working gardeners have done well to maintain the lawns and borders.

I felt unsafe because too many visitors were packed in on the Sunday I visited, and there was no oversight of the new one-way system in the gardens. I was warned on entry that 2 large parties would hold up my visit. Young children running wayward meant parents did not maintain the one-way system and actively encouraged their children to run rampant through the main gardens. There was no oversight. One couple stopped me because their child was doing a toilet in the middle of a narrow lake path; the parents seemed to think this normal. Yes, the toilets were open.

My biggest disappointment was the cafe’s small range did not include local Kent products. It appears only two national suppliers are used by Sissinghurst. My own Kent community has made a tremendous effort to support small Kent catering businesses so I feel the National Trust should read the mood of its local visitors and offer Kent products. Use them or lose them!
Written June 21, 2020
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Ann A
Basildon, UK69 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
We visited this garden on the way home from Royal Tunbridge Wells.
My daughter had read about it being a famous garden and especially the white garden which we were keen to see. Unfortunately the gardens were quite messy and looked very unkempt. The plants were often falling over any paths, making it very hard to pass safely and distance, there was no one way system to follow and a distinct lack of signage on any of the flowers so you had no idea most of the time what you were looking at.
The cottage which we queued up to visit was just 2 rooms downstairs (upstairs being closed at the time by a very stressed volunteer) as she was on her own and it was lunchtime. The inside did not have information about the previous owners so nothing seemed in context. Just one room full of books which took a minute at most to see.
We stopped at the restaurant for a bite to eat and agreed the prices were an absolute rip off. Along with the £30 admission and £4 parking definitely not a cheap visit.
I have visited National Trust properties before and enjoyed them but this was very disappointing. Come on Sissinghurst you can do a lot better!
Written August 9, 2021
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Yvonne J
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
We arrived at about 11.30, hoping to have a coffee before exploring the grounds. Unfortunately the little coffee shop by the nursery is closed, it was so handy if you just wanted a coffee. We were directed to the main restaurant, there must have been 30 people in the queue, so we decided to do the estate walk and try later. We met a group on our walk who were looking for the lakes, one of whom was in a wheelchair. They'd gone way past it and were heading for Digdog Lane. The sign to the lake is small and handwritten, easy to miss. Even if you take the right path, it's not clear that you have to go through a gate at the end of the lane. The lake circuit is just about do-able in a wheelchair, but it wouldn't take much to improve it greatly. Come on NT, you're all about inclusion surely?
Anyway, back for coffee, queues still bad, we gave up. Bring your own flask and cake, there's lots of places to sit.
As for the garden, it's beautiful, imaginatively planted with unusual plants, so despite my gripes I recommend it. Staff nice too.
Written March 25, 2022
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stargazer993
Richmond, UK23 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Let me start by saying that we aren’t gardeners, but like to amble through them and can appreciate a good one. We visit NT properties because we love to hear the history and stories around the buildings. At Sissinghurst, there was very little made of the past of the buildings or the people who inhabited/visited there. So much so that we felt compelled to run an internet search, when we left.
We booked a ticket to visit but weren’t informed that we had to book the tower, it was over a 2 hour wait, so we didn’t get to see it. Why not give us a ‘window’ to visit the tower with our tickets?
As mentioned previously, the pathways were really narrow, people want to linger to look at things, so this meant squeezing past each other. Take away the ridiculous closed gateways and allow people to escape the crowds. Or book less people in, it was really crowded.
Written June 30, 2021
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Peter R
Dartford, UK1,245 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Our first visit to the gardens, and as we are NT members entry and parking was free, depending where in the carpark you a situated it can be quite a walk to the main gate. When we visited there had been a lack of rain for a few weeks and despite the gardens being well laid out, full of interesting plants and different planting areas, the weather was taking it toll. The only building we found open to visitors was the tower which is climbed by a fairly narrow and steep staircase, the views from the top do give you a good idea of the layout of the gardens, and you have great views beyond the grounds. We went for a walk around the lakes which could do with better signposts.
Written August 26, 2022
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