Scotney Castle

Important notice -

In line with government guidance, the garden and shop at Scotney Castle are open. Visits must be pre-booked in advance, please arrive in your timeslot for the safety of other visitors. The tea-room is open for limited refreshments (takeaway only).

Romantic garden with view of 14th century moated castle and the Victorian country mansion and - all in a beautiful wooded estate

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What's on 

We recommend booking ahead before visiting

The garden, estate, tea-room (for takeaway), shop and toilets are open at Scotney Castle. To avoid disappointment please book in advance, especially at busier times such as weekends and bank holidays. However, where space is available on weekdays, pre-booking may not always be necessary. If you do not book we cannot guarantee admission. Members can book for free, while non-members will need to pay when booking. We'll be releasing tickets every Friday. We're looking forward to welcoming you back.

Upcoming events

Timed entry to Scotney Castle (19 Apr - 25 Apr)

Tue 20 Apr 2021
10:00-16:00
Book your timed entry to visit Scotney Castle.
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Things to see and do

Things to see and do at Scotney Castle

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Eating

A hot drink to go

Eating at Scotney Castle 

Our tea-room is open daily serving a range of takeaway hot and cold drinks, cakes and snacks. Due to government restrictions our indoor seating area is closed. Please comply with social distancing measures and ensure you are wearing a mask when visiting our tea-room. Following the reopening of outdoor seating at Scotney, we are legally required to participate in the NHS Test & Trace programme by asking those visitors over 16 who ‘eat in’ at our outlets to provide contact details.

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Shopping

Scotney Castle shop general view

Shopping at Scotney Castle this spring 

No visit is complete without a browse of the shop at Scotney Castle. Take some time to browse the sale, pick up a souvenir of your visit, a gift for someone special or something for your home or garden.

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History

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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