Summer at Sissinghurst Castle Garden

The tower seen from the meadow

With an abundance of colour in the garden and out on the estate there's lots to see during the early summer. There's also plenty of fun for all the family, from daily walks and talks to den building in the woods.

The summer garden

During May we see the bloom of our Irises around the garden, these colourful bulbs are a bright start to the summer as they come out in their numbers. There's always a sublte transitional period within the garden walls when our bulb flowers start to fade and the bright roses in the rose garden take centre stage in June. The rose garden was one of Vita's favourite 'rooms,' which she fondly described as a

" Tumble of roses and honeysuckle, figs and vines. "
- Vita Sackville-West

Summer walks

Gather up your walking gear this summer and take on our estate walks. There's plenty of space to explore with a wide reaching 460 acre estate, help yourself to a leaflet at visitor reception which will help point you in the right direction. We also have our dragonfly trail maps, with lots of activities to do on your way round and a chance to learn more about the conservation work that goes into managing such a vast area.

Walking through the Sissinghurst estate
Walking through the Sissinghurst estate

Summer fun

If you're visiting us during May half term there's plenty of family fun to keep you entertained. The junior gardener trail takes you round the garden highlighting fun and interesting features, with some activities to help along the way. Ask at visitor reception or the garden gate for your trail. We're running 50 things to do before you're 11¾  all throughout the summer, we have a dedicated area to help you hone your den building skills in the estate. Ask at reception for a 50 things booklet and see how many you can tick off while you're here.

Den building in the woods
Boys building a den in the trees