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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 the 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 you can take in the ruined architecture of the extensive original buildings, vast panoramic views from the top of the Tower, the current working farm and the 450-acre wider estate along with Vita and Harold's gardens.

We've plenty of events for you to enjoy for the rest of the year, so make sure you keep up to date.

We can’t wait to see you.

Colourful summer

The vibrant SouthCottage garden

Our garden ‘rooms' are still looking good; the Purple Border and the iconic White Garden are even now full of colour and the fiery planting in the South Cottage garden almost hurts the eyes.
Read our gardeners' blog for more details.

Our winter tours

Views from the top of the tower

Our formal garden will be having a rest from Mon 3 Nov 2014 - Sun 8 Mar 2015.
Instead, we can offer you a guided tour on your visit, please click on the link below to find out the timings.

The events' page will tell you more

When you visit...

Vita’s wedding skirt from 1913

Don't forget our two exhibitions that will remain open throughout the year.
Catch a glimpse of the story of Vita and Harold's remarkable life in the oast and admire their joint effort in rescuing the garden with items on view in the tower.

Head Gardener walk

Head Gardener Troy Scott Smith

Tuesday 23 Sept, 9.45am-12 noon.
£25 per person.

Troy will give you an exclusive tour before we open. It's a great chance to hear our head gardener's plans for the future, to ask him your burning gardening questions and to enjoy tea and cake with him.

Booking essential

Book month

During October, come and learn how we're conserving the 11,000 books that Vita and Harold kept in the library and South Cottage. We're halfway through our three-year Heritage Lottery-funded project and already this significant collection is safe from creepy-crawlies and damp for many years to come.

Our Old Dairy

Our refurbished building, renamed the 'Old Dairy', incorporates your light snack needs, our home-grown plants and a new venture: our secondhand bookshop. Enjoy our new space, especially after a your walk around the estate, and in winter; we'll light the woodburner while you browse the books.