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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.

Summer is still with us...

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 still showing us plenty of splendour. The fiery planting in the South Cottage garden must not be forgotten either; it was Vita's idea, and shouldn't be missed.
Read our gardeners' blog for more details.

Our winter tours

Views from the top of the tower

During the winter, from Mon 3 Nov 2014 to Fri 13 Mar 2015, our formal garden will be having a rest; so instead we'll be offering guided tours for you to see what's behind the garden gate.
Just turn up to learn about the people, the history and what's going on around the wider estate.

The events' page will tell you more

Gardening at Sissinghurst

The knowledgeable garden trio

The knowledgeable garden trio

Tuesday 16 September, 9.45am-4.30pm

Our expert team will help you create your own successful autumn garden. Come and learn with practical demos; enjoy lunch and tea too.

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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