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Notice: We are shortly starting work to reinstate a pond outside the entrance to the garden as part of a project to recapture Vita and Harold's original vision. This will involve some heavy machinery and occasional noise, we apologise in advance for any inconvenience this might cause.

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 Garden 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. We've undertaken research this winter to find out more about Vita and Harold's original design and we are taking steps to recapture the vision that they had. Keep an eye out for changes we are making around the garden this year. Don't miss the vast panoramic views from the top of the Tower, the 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.

Outdoor theatre

Pride and Prejudice 13 June

Treasure Island 24 July

With a fun take on famous tales, The Pantaloons return to Sissinghurst Castle Garden to perform some much loved classics this summer, don't miss a chance to see them.

Cinema under stars

The Grand Budapest Hotel 3 July 

Breakfast at Tiffany's 4 July 

Enjoy an evening under the stars with The Luna cinema watching some of the nation's favourite films. There'll be hot food served from classic vehicles provided by Gastrocircus too.

Big Camp

18 - 19 July
Ever wondered what it might be like to camp out under the stars at Sissinghurst Castle Garden? With far reaching vistas over the fields, our estate orchard is hidden away and unknown to most visitors so it's a perfect place for a secret escape.

Signs of life

Blossom in the orchard

It's a great time to start to see the garden coming into bloom, the orchard is brimming with blossom and the cottage garden is rich with sunset colours. We are starting work in some areas to recapture Vita and Harold's garden vision so keep your eye out for changes.

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 our new roses are getting on.

Get walking

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, with sheep and pigs finding a home around the farm. Keep an eye out for the fairy doors too.

Don't miss...

Vita Sackville-West and her husband Sir Harold Nicolson

Our exhibitions 

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 a walk up the tower and see how the garden was created.

 

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