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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.

Behind the scenes

Enjoy a winter tour and learn about what is going on behind the scenes

Weekends only 11am-3pm  

This winter join one of our team on a special guided tour behind the garden gate. Come and learn the history of the place, have a trip to the top of the tower (weather permitting) and wonder at the panoramic views.

The tours run hourly with the last tour at 3pm. There’s no need to book, and normal admission applies. Please meet at the Old Dairy coffee shop.

Winter warmers

Enjoy some time to stop and stare with a coffee or lunch

Visit the the Old Dairy for our winter warmers, we've got soup to jacket potatoes, cake and coffee.  Take a pew by the wood burner and flick through one of our second hand books on sale. 

Take the load off and warm up after a walk around the estate or a guided winter tour. 

Visit us between 10am and dusk daily. 

Retail therapy

Dig in and get gardening with one of our National Trust spades

Take a wander in to the Old Dairy which is home to a huge array of products amongst the shelves this winter. Whether it's a gift, or a treat for yourself, you're sure to find something, it's also our plant shop too for the budding gardener.

We've got plants propagated on site and tools to make the outdoor jobs a little easier.

 

Winter preparation

Autumn colour in the garden

Before the first frosts appear, we're putting the garden to bed for the winter. 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.

Muddy walks

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.

Don't miss...

Vita Sackville-West and her husband Sir Harold Nicolson

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. 

 

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