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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.
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.
Our winter tours
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.
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 project and already this significant collection is safe from creepy-crawlies and damp for many years to come.
A working copy of the Minerva press, the first piece of furniture owned by Vita and Harold that was a present from Leonard and Virginia Woolf, has been installed in the Old Dairy barn. During October, volunteers will be getting inky fingers while printing copies of Vita's poem: Sissinghurst.
The project is being supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
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.