We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Medieval festival”

Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle
Ranked #4 of 19 things to do in Hailsham
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
Owner description: Herstmonceux is renowned for its magnificent moated castle, set in beautiful parkland and superb Elizabethan gardens. The Gardens and Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle embodies the history of medieval England and the romance of renaissance Europe. Your experience begins as you make your way through the grounds and the castle breaks into view. The castle gardens and grounds are home to a staggering variety of flora and fauna with wild orchids, formal rose gardens, Canada geese and resident peacock all adding to the charm of such an individual location. Various events take place throughout the year including theatre productions, operatic performances and most famously the Medieval Festival. Castle tours are provided but because the castle operates as an International Study Centre we advise visitors to call in advance to avoid disappointment.
Harlow, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
16 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Medieval festival”
Reviewed August 27, 2012

Although I have visited herstmonceux castle several times before, this was my first visit to the annual medieval festival. I took my children aged 7, 4 and 2.
We were blessed with good weather, as I would imagine rain would make displays challenging, as it is predominantly outdoor entertainment.
The grounds are lovely and well kept, and the castle itself is one of the most picturesque I have visited.
Although entrance for the medieval day is pricier than the castles usual admission, I was pleasantly surprised there was more than enough to keep the whole family entertained.
With the parades, siege, falconry, jousting tournaments, medieval encampments (to name but a few), I am only disappointed we have not visited previously!
we will definitely be visiting next year, where I envisage I will have had to make 3 costumes for my children to wear!

Helpful?
Thank Julie S
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
HerstmonceuxCastle, Manager at Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle, responded to this review, August 28, 2012
Dear Julie S

Thank you for reviewing your experience of the Medieval Festival. The fancy dress aspect is certainly something which gets people into the spirit of things!
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

268 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    130
    88
    26
    14
    10
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Russian first
  • Any
English first
Seaford, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
68 reviews
36 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“step back in history”
Reviewed August 25, 2012

In beautiful countryside,they do have jousting exhibitions there and fayres. A good day out for the family when these exhibitions are on

Visited July 2012
Helpful?
Thank viv033
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
HerstmonceuxCastle, Manager at Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle, responded to this review, August 28, 2012
Dear Viv033

Thank you for reviewing your experience and for visiting our Gardens and Grounds.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“great historicalaplace”
Reviewed August 24, 2012

a great historical place for history lovers and tourists great atmosphere old things and nice riverbank to eat on at lunchtime by a nice view of the river

Helpful?
Thank nathan716
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
HerstmonceuxCastle, Manager at Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle, responded to this review, August 28, 2012
Dear nathan716

Thank you for taking the time to review us on TripAdvisor. We are pleased you enjoyed yourself and hope to see you again sometime soon.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Haywards Heath, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Beautiful setting”
Reviewed August 4, 2012

Lovely tranquil day out. An incredible sense of history in beautiful surroundings. Lovely setting for a picnic or there is a lovely tea room on site. Great walks too.

Helpful?
Thank SJ53M00
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
HerstmonceuxCastle, Manager at Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle, responded to this review, August 8, 2012
Thank you SJ53M00

It is lovely to hear you had a great day out. The walks are great and people feel really safe within our grounds.

Hope to see you again, all the best
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Eastbourne, United Kingdom
Level Contributor
816 reviews
263 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 270 helpful votes
“It's brick!”
Reviewed July 27, 2012

We went on one of the free entry days and were able to walk around the beautiful grounds and a guided tour of the castle.
Keep meaning to go back to get a proper visit to the observatory

Helpful?
Thank PARIS522
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
HerstmonceuxCastle, Manager at Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle, responded to this review, July 31, 2012
Dear PARIS522

Thank you for your review. We are indeed brick! We don't have free days so you were possibly here for one of the conferences which we have throughout the year. Even so we are glad you were able to book a castle tour and hope to see you again.

Thanks again.
Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle also viewed

 
Herstmonceux, Hailsham
Pevensey, East Sussex
 

Been to Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing