This section of the page features an image gallery, so if you're using a screen reader you may wish to jump to the main content.

Notice: Some areas of our orchard get waterlogged after heavy rain, when this happens we may have to close paths so access to the orchard and the gazebo, Nigel Nicolson's writing room, may be limited. We apologise for any inconvenience this may 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.

Garden reimagined

Sissinghurst Castle Garden is renowned the world over. Its abundant planting and unique design make it a place that people have flocked to for almost 50 years.
We’re now starting work to reimagine the garden as its creators Vita and Harold saw it. Recapturing its original romance and the spirit of this special place, we’ll be conserving Vita and Harold’s vision for their home and garden over the next seven years.

Puddings and Poetry

Vita Sackville-West and her husband Sir Harold Nicolson

Vita Sackville-West and her husband Sir Harold Nicolson

1-30 November, daily. Normal admission applies

...Beauty's not always in a scarlet robe. She wears an old black shawl; she flouts the flesh and shows the bone when winter trees are tall. More beautiful than fact may be, the shadow on the wall... Vita Sackville-West, The Garden

Visit us in November for a month of puddings and poetry. Get inspired with a walk through the writings loved by Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson, then warm up with a warming menu of weekly changing puddings in the restaurant. 

Don't miss...

The castle and gazebo in the autumn sunshine

Nigel Nicolson's writing room

At the end of the orchard in the garden lies a building affectionately known at Sissinghurst as the 'gazebo' it's a space where Nigel Nicolson used to come and write. We've spent the summer restoring and conserving it so that we can open it up for the first time since he lived at Sissinghurst. Take a look inside at the room as he left it, and enjoy the views across the Kentish Weald that inspired him.


Book month

A book conservator at work cleaning a book

1-31 October, normal admission applies.

We've invested in conserving some 11,000 books in our collection, it's one of the most significant libraries in the National Trust, with both modern and classic texts. Vita and Harold were prolific writers and their books display their vast interests in the written word. Come and see how we are looking after them and why books sometimes need shoes.  


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.