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Notice: The garden orchard is prone to getting waterlogged so we may not be able to let you walk around it every day. 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.
Gardening at Sissinghurst
23 April 9:30am
Start the day with a tour of the garden led by our Head Gardener, followed by a cup of tea with the team. Afterwards enjoy practical sessions and demonstrations where you will be working closely with the gardeners to experience a variety of skills used in their work. This day will continue in the afternoon following a two course lunch in the restaurant with time available for you to explore the garden too.
26 April, 1 and 2 May 1pm- 2:30pm
The estate at Sissinghurst is home to some 126 million bluebells approximately (we lost count). Come and see our woodland at this beautiful time of year on a guided walk with our knowledgeable ranger. Take a weight off afterwards with a cream tea in the restaurant.
£12.50 per person.
Signs of life
It's a great time to start to see the garden coming into bloom, the orchard is brimming with daffodils, Lime Walk and Delos are full of colour at the moment and signs of life are popping up all over the place.
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.
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.
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.