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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.

Open for special winter tours

Learn about our history on a winter tour

Learn about our history on a winter tour

From 3 Nov to 3 March, you can join one of our team on a special guided tour around the estate. Come and learn the history of the place, have a trip to the top of the tower (weather permitting), wonder at the fantastic views and check out the two exhibitions. It's even your chance to quiz the guides on all those Sissinghurst Castle questions you've never had time to ask.

Our formal gardens need a well-deserved rest over the winter months, so these tours are your chance to get to know a different side of Sissinghurst. The tours run on the hour from 11am – 3pm, with the last tour at 3pm. There’s no need to book, and normal admission applies. Please meet at the Old Dairy coffeeshop

The events' page will tell you more.

Festive lunches

If you want to enjoy a good view with food grown and reared only a few feet away, then visit us in December for a festive lunch. Two or three courses with coffee and mince pies are available or you can enjoy individual courses if you don't have much time.

Give us a call to book in advance on
01580 710704 or pop by between 1-23 December from 12 noon and 2.30pm.

Take a look at our menu here.

Winter preparation


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 of what's happening for a renewed White Garden and Purple Border next season.

The Old Dairy

Customer selecting goodies from the Old Dairy selection

Our refurbished building previously a home to a herd of cows is now renamed the 'Old Dairy', stop by for cakes, coffee and lunch or a snack, our home-grown plants live here too as well as our secondhand bookshop.

Enjoy our new space, especially after a walk around the estate, and in winter; we'll light the woodburner while you browse the books.

When you visit...

Vita’s wedding skirt from 1913

Don't forget our 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 various items on view in the tower if you take part in a winter tour.