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Notice: The garden orchard is currently waterlogged, and so we may not be able to let you walk around it. We need to protect the grassed areas and let them dry out to enable them to be open as much of the year as possible without damage. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause you
Historic, poetic, iconic; a refuge dedicated to beauty. Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson fell in love with Sissinghurst Castle and created a world renowned garden.
Vita Sackville-West, the poet and writer, began transforming Sissinghurst Castle in the 1930s with her diplomat and author husband, Harold Nicolson. Harold's architectural planning of the garden rooms, and the colourful, abundant planting in the gardens by Vita, reflect the romance and intimacy of her poems and writings.
Sissinghurst Castle was the backdrop for a diverse history; from the astonishing time as a prison in the 1700s, to being a home to the women’s land army. It was also a family home to some fascinating people who lived here or came to stay. Today, by joining a guided winter tour, you can take in the ruined architecture of the extensive original buildings, the vast panoramic views from the top of the Tower, the current working farm and the 450-acre wider estate.
We've plenty of events for you to enjoy during the next few months, so make sure you keep up to date.
We can’t wait to see you.
3 - 6 April
Our Book Cataloguer Harvey has made some interesting discoveries in the library. We've got a lovely edition of Wind in the Willows on display in our library this book month.
So come and join Ratty, Badger and Mole looking for friends for their riverbank picnic on our Cadbury Easter Egg Trail around our estate between 3 and 6 April.
16 March - 12 April
Our three-year conservation project to repair and protect our 11,000 books is well under way. Visit us in the library during book month to see our conservators hard at work making book shoes to provide textblock support, repairing the delicate papers and giving talks about what is going on.
Work in the garden
We've spent the winter months keeping busy in the garden. There's lots to do: from lifting the dahlias, planting the biennial wallflowers and foxgloves, scarifying/top dressing the lawns, cutting the hedges and rose pruning.
Read our gardeners' blog for more details and find out what's happening for a renewed White Garden and Purple Border next season and how are new roses are getting on.
Grab your wellies and shake off the cobwebs with a walk around our 450 acre estate.
There's plenty to see from lakes to woodland, orchards to farmland. You might even spot the odd animal too! Keep an eye out for the fairy doors and the odd crocodile lurking in the lake.
Our exhibitions will remain open throughout the year.
Learn more about the story of Vita and Harold's remarkable life in the oast house, where we tell the story of how the couple built a life together.
Or take part in a winter tour and admire the couple's joint effort in creating the garden with some of Vita's gardening tools on view.