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Notice: We are shortly starting work on the gazebo in the orchard where Nigel Nicolson spent time writing. We will be doing a large amount of repairs so that we can re-open it in the future for visitors to enjoy. This will involve a large amount of scaffolding and may cause some disruption, we are sorry for any inconvenience.
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.
30 and 31 July, free.
Join us for a Panasonic roadshow with experts who can show you how to get the best from your photographs, from how to capture the perfect landscape to mastering close-ups and portraits. You will be able to borrow photography equipment, including the brand new 4K Lumix models, plus free photo walks throughout the day.
Fridays in August
Explore our vast woodland with the ranger team as they take you on an adventure to tick off some items on your '50 things to do before you're 11 ¾' list. From pond dipping to bush-craft, raft making to shelter building, there's something for everyone to enjoy.
Out in the garden
It's a great time to start to see the garden coming into bloom, the rose garden is full of blooms 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.
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.