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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.

Now we're well into our new season there are 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.

When evening shadows fall…

Rosa mulliganii in the White Garden at Sissinghurst Castle © Jonathan Buckley

Rosa mulliganii in the White Garden at Sissinghurst Castle

Linger for longer in our iconic gardens, there's no need to rush as you enjoy the high scent and long shadows.

Summer's palette of colours

The vibrant South Cottage garden in summer © Sally Mackenzie

The vibrant South Cottage garden in summer

Our garden ‘rooms' are very different in their planting schemes: look out for the Purple Border by the library and the iconic White Garden that are now adding their radiant tints to the garden this summer. The colours, scents and vibrant blooms in the South Cottage garden were Vita's ideas and are not to be missed.
Read our gardeners' blog for more details.

50 things to do before you're 11¾

50 things to do before you're 11¾ © National Trust

50 things to do before you're 11¾

Sign up for 50 things to do before you're 11¾ at Sissinghurst Castle; then tick off some of the activities on your list and take a step closer to winning a young explorer medal.

From discovering about creepy-crawlies and the secret lives of birds, to learning bushcraft skills, adventure walking and pond dipping with our rangers; every Friday afternoon in August will give you loads of fun and smashing times to make new friends.

Find out about some of the 50 things

50 things Fridays: Pond life

The wetter the better

Friday 29 August, 1.00pm-2.30pm

Come and explore with our rangers to find out what's below the water line in our ponds. 

Normal car park and garden admission charges apply.


Head Gardener's walk

Head Gardener Troy Scott Smith, in our Cottage Garden

Head Gardener Troy Scott Smith, in our Cottage Garden

Tuesday 26 August, 9.45am

Come and join Troy on this exclusive tour of our idyllic garden before the property opens. He'll tell you of his future ideas to keep the iconic planting exciting and fresh.

Our new look café

We have refurbished a building, now renamed the 'Old Dairy', that incorporates your light food and drink needs, our home-grown plants and a new venture: our secondhand bookshop. Come and enjoy our new space, especially after a your walk around the estate, and in winter; we'll light the woodburner.

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