Scotney Castle

Important notice -

In line with government guidance, outdoor spaces only at Scotney Castle are open for local visitors to access for walks. You will need to book your visit in advance. You will be turned away if you arrive without a booking.

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, wider estate, cafe (for takeaway) and toilets are open at Scotney Castle. The shop is closed. 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 (11 Jan - 17 Jan)

Sun 17 Jan 2021
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Timed entry to Scotney Castle (18 Jan - 24 Jan)

Mon 18 Jan 2021
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Things to see and do

Things to see and do at Scotney Castle

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A hot drink to go

Eating at Scotney Castle 

Our tea-room is open daily serving a range of takeaway hot and cold drinks, snacks, sandwiches, cake and limited hot food. Due to government restrictions our indoor seating area is currently closed. Please comply with social distancing measures and ensure you are wearing a mask when visiting out tea-room servery. Please note we can only accept card payment at this time.

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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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