Summer at Sissinghurst Castle Garden

The White Garden in summer at Sissinghurst Castle

The summer shines new light onto the garden and the estate, and with it comes a flurry of colour. The veg garden boasts some spectacular views across the low wealden landscape, and the oast house plays home to new exhibitions.

The summer garden

The garden has seasonal highlights so there's plenty to see nearly all year round, however summer is when the heavy hitters of the garden really come into their own. The rose garden has an abundence of colourful roses on display during June and July. At a similar time the iconic white garden is in full bloom with carpets of white high and low. The cottage garden has fiery golden colours throughout the summer, offering a different perspective on summer gardens.

The cottage garden in the summer at Sissinghurst Castle Garden
The cottage garden in the summer at Sissinghurst Castle Garden

Summer walks

Summer is a great time to take on one of our estate walks, with plenty of flora and fauna to see on your way round and far reaching views to enjoy. There's shorter and longer walks depending on how much time you have, our walks are great with your dog so please feel free to bring your canine friend along to join the adventure.

If you're visiting with your family and enjoy walking then we might have the thing for you. Our dragonfly trail map takes you around the lakes and has lots of fun activities for you and the family to try along the way, all you need to bring is some good walking boots and then pick up a leaflet from visitor reception.

We have a dedicated '50 things' area in the estate where you can try and tick off as many activites as you can during your visit. There's plenty more for families to try during a visit here, take a look below to see what else we have on offer.


There's few things better than enjoying a picnic on a fine summer's day, and we're lucky enough to have a great spot for just that. At the top of the veg garden there's plenty of benches and lots of room for you to while away the time, as well as a stretching vista across the wealden landscape.

The vegetable garden at Sissinghurst Castle Garden is a perfect spot to sit and enjoy a picnic or the view
The vegetable garden at Sissinghurst Castle Garden is a perfect spot to sit and enjoy a picnic or the view


We hold one of the Trust's largest 20th Century literature collections here at Sissinghurst, with nearly 11,000 books between the library, the south cottage and Vita Sackville-West's former writing room. If you're visiting the library you'll be able to see some of these on display.

The oast house will be hosting a new exhibition from the start of June, with the tower rooms also holding exhibitions about the former residents of Sissinghurst.

Upcoming events

Speak Its Name! In partnership with the National Portrait Gallery

Sat 21 Oct 2017
Speak its Name! - a display in partnership with the National Portrait Gallery, London - will present selected portraits from the Gallery's Collection, including photographs and drawings of Sackville-West's lovers Violet Trefusis and Virginia Woolf.

Clangers, Bagpuss and Co

Sat 11 Nov 2017
Organised by the V&A Museum of Childhood, Clangers, Bagpuss and Co tells the story of these much loved family favourites. Come and meet Bagpuss, see the Soup Dragon and behold Noggin the Nog.

Festive Market

Sat 25 Nov 2017
Come and stock up for Christmas with local produce, crafts and tasty treats.

Festive lunches

Fri 01 Dec 2017
Book now for a fresh, locally produced lunch with a view this festive season.