Scotney Castle

Country house, romantic garden, 14th century moated castle - all in a beautiful wooded estate

Scotney Castle

Things to see and do

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What's on 

Upcoming events

Walled garden Wednesday- Dead heading in the flower beds

Wed 22 Aug 2018
Removal of dead flower heads can promote further flowering. Get some tips on which ones we remove to prolong the display and which ones we leave for winter interest.

Outdoor theatre- The Tempest

Fri 31 Aug 2018
The Lord Chamberlain's Men, the UK's premier all male theatre company, invite you to join them this summer for Shakespeare's spellbinding masterpiece, The Tempest.

Hop garden tours

Sat 01 Sep 2018
The end of summer means the hop harvest. Hops are still grown, picked and dried in traditional ways on our estate. Walk with us to see the hop gardens, picking shed, drying oast and hoppers huts. Plus sample ale brewed from hops grown on Little...

Walled garden Wednesday- Grass maintenance

Wed 05 Sep 2018
Managing formal areas of grass involves attention to drainage, weeds and pests. Subsidence requires turf lifting and leveling. Join us to hear how we do this.

Hops and honey weekend

Sat 08 Sep 2018
Celebrate everything hops and honey at Scotney Castle. Guided walks and tours will be running throughout the day to the working hop farm at Little Scotney. Also enjoy local stalls, hog roast and ale tasting. Tours to the farm will cost...

Walled garden Wednesday- Propagation from cuttings

Wed 19 Sep 2018
Now is the time to take cuttings from established plants. Join our gardeners to learn about different propagation methods and how to grow more of your favourites.
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Eating and shopping

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Edwards Hussey III and his family on the Bastion at Scotney Castle

The history of Scotney Castle 

Scotney Castle has a long and rich history dating from 1137 and holds some interesting stories about the last inhabitants of the castle, the Hussey family, as well as a former Prime Minister too.

A River Landscape with Jacob and Laban and his Daughters, by Claude Lorrain, 1654

What is the picturesque?  

The picturesque is an aesthetic category developed in the eighteenth-century. It was associated with fashionable landscape gardening, however its cultural significance extended far beyond this.

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Get involved

A garden volunteer weeding in the quarry at Scotney Castle

Start your volunteering journey today 

Start your volunteering journey today… We have a variety of volunteering opportunities available here at Scotney Castle, from room guiding in the house to leading guided estate walks.

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Art and collections

Our collections

Explore the objects and works of art we care for at Scotney Castle on the National Trust Collections website