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Notice: Our formal gardens are closed until 15th March 2014. However, certain areas are open for guided Winter Tours only.
The poet's garden inspired by the land
Poet and writer, Vita Sackville-West, along with her diplomat and author husband, Harold Nicolson, began the transformation of the land at Sissinghurst Castle in the 1930s. Harold's architectural planning of the garden rooms, and the vibrant planting by Vita, reflect the romance and intimacy of her poems and writings.
But that’s not all...
There’s so much more to learn and explore: from the architecture of the buildings to the astonishing history of the place as a prison, home to the women’s land army, as a working farm, the fascinating people who lived here or came to stay, the wonderful views from the top of the Tower and the 450-acre wider estate.
The formal garden closed on 3 November, but this year we will throw open the doors for the first time ever in the run up to Christmas with a festive market and the re-opening of certain areas, on 1 December.
New, guided winter tours start from 2 Dec to 31 Dec. They will give you a behind the scenes view of what the garden looks like from an aerial panorama on top of the Tower and give an insight to the work going on and plans for the future. Plus, it’s a chance to learn some of the history of the wider Wealden landscape and the pink brick buildings dotted around the site.
Sissinghurst will be open every day (except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day) for you to also enjoy our estate walks, a festive treat in the Granary Restaurant and the gift shop… for all your festive presents.
Our two exhibitions tell the story of Vita and Harold's wedding and unorthodox marriage, and how they saved the garden from ruin. On show is part of Vita's wedding trousseau and a newly discovered poem to one of her lovers. There are also photos, drawings, press cuttings, annotated books and diaries.