Scotney Castle

Important notice -

The garden, ground floor of the house, shop, tearoom and play area are open. Monday-Friday booking isn't required but for weekends and bank holidays we advise booking to guarantee your entry.

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. From Monday 17 May the ground floor of the house will reopen, as well as our indoor seating in the tea-room. 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 (14 June - 20 June)

Sat 19 Jun 2021
Book your timed entry to visit Scotney Castle.

Timed entry to Scotney Castle (21 June - 27 June)

Mon 21 Jun 2021
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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A hot drink to go

Eating at Scotney Castle 

Our tea-room is open daily serving a range of takeaway hot and cold drinks, hot and cold food, cakes and snacks. Our indoor seating area will reopen on Monday 17 May. 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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Scotney Castle shop summer 2020

Shopping at Scotney Castle this spring and summer 

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.

Browse the shelves in the bookshop

Browse the shelves in Betsy's Second-hand Bookshop at Scotney Castle 

Betsy's Second-hand Bookshop is a great spot to pick up a bargain and help support our conservation work. Step away from the garden and browse the shelves, enjoying the view out over the estate.

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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 view from the bastion at Scotney Castle overlooking the old castle and rhododendrons

Reinstating the view at Scotney Castle 

In 2018 we were fortunate to secure funding to clear a lot of the overgrown Rhododendron ponticum and reduce the Kalmias in size. This enabled us to start to open up the picturesque views towards the Old Castle, as well as reinstate the grass paths that originally ran through the middle of the beds.

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