The Estate at Scotney Castle

The Scotney Castle estate is ready for exploring. Our ancient parkland and Wealden woodlands are criss-crossed by way-marked routes and fantastic views. Perfect for picnics, scenic walks and mini-adventures.

780 acres to explore

The Scotney Castle estate has a long and varied history. Our grade 1 listed parkland, full of magnificent veteran trees, shows its association with a formal dwelling for over 1000 years, and offers great views of the old castle, garden and mansion. The native-breed Sussex cattle have been a proud feature of the landscape since Victorian times but sheep have been grazed for even longer. Our woodlands are characteristic of the Wealden landscape and cover 300 acres of our estate; they boast connections with wood-pasture, charcoal production, iron working and the once lucrative hop industry. Our tenant farmer at Little Scotney Farm still grows, picks and dries hops; these are then used by a local brewery to make craft beers, some of which you can buy in the Scotney shop. We are the only National Trust property to have a working hop farm and regular guided hop walks are held in the early autumn.

Join a guided estate walk

Between February and November you can join one of our estate guides on a tour around the estate to see seasonal flora and fauna and learn about the history of Scotney. Walks run seven days a week, twice a day at 11.30am and 2pm and last around 90 minutes. There is no need to book - just meet at the white Salvin gate near Visitor Reception. Sturdy footwear is recommended for winter walking. Dogs are welcome on a short lead.

Explore the garden and estate at Scotney Castle
Scotney Castle family estate walk
Explore the garden and estate at Scotney Castle

Take your four-legged friend on the estate

We welcome dogs on the estate but we ask you to keep them on a lead for the safety of the sheep and cattle that graze here. There are drinking bowls and dog bins located by the Salvin Gate near the visitor entrance and in the courtyard by the toilets.

A visitor walking their dog through the bluebells at Nap Wood
A visitor walking their dog at Nap Wood
A visitor walking their dog through the bluebells at Nap Wood

Perfect for picnics

There's nothing quite like a picnic with friends or family, whether it's a crisp spring day, lazy summer one or bracing autumn one. You're welcome to picnic anywhere on the estate but please take any rubbish away with you. Rubbish bins are located back at visitor reception should you need them.

So why not plan a walk on the estate next time you visit? You'll get some amazing views of the surrounding countryside and perhaps discover a new, favourite corner of Scotney Castle.