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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 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.
When Sissinghurst re-opens in March 2014, there will be lots of events for you to enjoy throughout the year, so make sure you keep up to date.
We can’t wait to see you.
Mon 17 March to Sun 13 April 2014, 11am to 5pm
Over time, various creepy-crawlies have munched their way through Vita and Harold's book collection. Visit the Library for demonstrations and talks on how we're repairing the collection. Free event (normal admission charges apply).
We've been busy renovating our new look café, The Old Dairy. A haven for eating light bites, quaffing all sorts of drinks, purchasing our home-grown plants and for you to browse our secondhand bookshop. Enjoy our new space with its cosy woodburner after your walk on the estate.
The orchard is coming back to life after its winter slumber, our trees are starting to blossom and the daffodils are putting on a colourful display.
Bluebell and wild flower walks
Sun 27 April - Sun 4 May, 11am - 4pm, £12.50
Come and see our woodland at this beautiful time of year on our guided walks with the ranger team. Finish the afternoon with a free cream tea in the Granary Restaurant.
Join our Alice trail
Fri 18 April - Mon 21 April, 11am - 4.30pm
Follow Alice through the looking glass and into wonderland by experiencing our Alice in Wonderland theme and joining in the giant fun and games, literally with giant chess to play. Grown-ups might even like to make a beeline for the first edition Alice in Wonderland book on display in the library.
- Trails £2.50 per person