Group visits at Sissinghurst Castle Garden
Whether you're a regular visitor to Sissinghurst Castle Garden, or planning your first trip, make your group visit a happy and memorable one.
Visit as a group
Sat within the ruins of a great Elizabeth house, framed by the rich Kentish landscape of woods, farmland, lakes and streams, the famous garden with its pink brick tower is the result of creative tension between the formal design of Harold Nicolson and the abundant planting of his wife, Vita Sackville-West. The layers of colour, intimacy of different garden ‘rooms’ and rich herbaceous borders are the epitome of an English garden and provide an ever changing picture through the seasons.
If you are planning a visit with 15 or more people then we ask that you pre-book, this will also book a coach or mini-bus space. We can then be sure that there aren’t too many people in the garden at any one time and your queuing time will be reduced. We’ll send you a booking form and confirm prices with you when you ring or email.
For a more exclusive visit, we offer early bird tours on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. This is a guided visit where you can find out more about the garden and the wider estate and its many layers of history and then stay awhile to explore on your own. A deposit is taken at the time of booking, and the balance is due no later than two weeks before your visit.
Due to the narrow paths, it is not possible to lead a guided tour around the garden. If your tour leader or guide wishes to give you more information we ask that it is done outside of the formal garden area.
If you’ve got more time, the wider estate, includes a vegetable garden, lakes, fields, woods and a rich variety of wildlife. Spot dragonflies, birds and butterflies amongst a carpet of bluebells in spring and wildflowers in summer. The vegetable plot as well as being home to far reaching views of the estate, is also where we grow some of the ingredients used in our cooking for the restaurant and coffee shop, ensuring it’s travelled feet, not miles. If you are looking for a gift to take home too, then look no further than our gift and plant shops with ranges designed exclusively for Sissinghurst or take your own piece of the garden home with a plant grown in our nursery.
We have picnic benches situated on the grass plain opposite visitor reception if you wish to bring your own food; we are unable to allow picnics in the garden.
We look forward to seeing you, for more information or to book, please call on 01580 710700 or email us at Sissinghurst@nationaltrust.org.uk or download our group guide here (PDF / 0.5087890625MB) download