Scotney Castle

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

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Things to see and do

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What's on 

Upcoming events

Scotney Castle Christmas Lunches

Mon 26 Nov 2018
Monday-Friday only This Christmas join us for a delicious two or three course menu in the festive setting of Scotney Castle. Why not combine your meal with a visit to our decorated Victorian mansion house before lunch and a visit to our shop for...

Walled garden Wednesday- Soft fruit care

Wed 28 Nov 2018
At this time of year currants and gooseberries need pruning. Come and hear about maintaining the fruit cage, propagation & planting soft fruit.

Storytelling with Father Christmas & Mrs Claus

Sat 01 Dec 2018
For some special Christmas sparkle, visit Father Christmas and Mrs Claus at Scotney Castle this year. They have set up home in the Old Castle to have a good rest before they set off on their travels on Christmas Eve. Join Mrs Claus for a cosy...

Noah's ark children's trail

Sat 01 Dec 2018
Take part in our festive family trail around the garden inspired by our Victorian Noah’s ark, that will be on display in the mansion. £2 per trail

Hussey family Christmas eve

Sat 01 Dec 2018
Celebrate the Victorian Christmas that the Hussey family would have enjoyed. Play with children’s toys under the Christmas tree, dance in the hall and see the dining room getting ready for Christmas celebrations.

Walled garden Wednesday- Rose pruning

Wed 12 Dec 2018
Join us to hear how we winter prune our shrub, hybrid tea, and climbing roses and get them looking their best for spring.
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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 

We have a variety of volunteering opportunities available here at Scotney Castle, from room guiding to gardening, our flexibility suits all ages and abilities and we pride ourselves on being a friendly community.

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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