What to expect from your visit

View from the Nuttery at Sissinghurst Castle Garden

The estate, garden, Long Library, Tower and South Cottage are all open with limited capacity, with South Cottage tours in the morning and free flow in the afternoon. The shop, plant shop, restaurant and coffee shop which is offering a reduced menu, are all currently open. You no longer need to book your visits to Sissinghurst.

In this article you’ll find everything you need to know about what's open and what to expect from your visit. You no longer need to book your visits to Sissinghurst. 

Garden

Many pathways are narrow, so if one area seems busy, please try an alternative route. It’s no problem to go around the garden twice if you miss anything. If you are a wheelchair user, please ask for a map that shows the accessible routes. Due to the narrow paths please use our pushchair parking facility near visitor reception and bring a child carrier along with you. 

A view of the rose garden in May
A view of the rose garden in May
A view of the rose garden in May

Parking and arrival

Please have your membership card close to hand as you arrive, if you're a non-member please make your way to visitor reception to gain entry into the garden, parking for non-members is £4. 

Campervans are permitted in the car park but please do not park overnight or outside of our opening hours. 

Staying safe

To help keep everyone safe, please follow government guidance when you visit. And look out for signs while you’re here which will explain any changes to how you can access different parts of the site.

You'll find hand sanitizer you can use outside the toilet facilities and Granary restaurant, as well as sinks for hand washing in the available toilets.

If you’re showing any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or if you've been in contact with anyone that has the virus in the last 14 days, please don’t visit.

Facilities

Toilets - including access and baby change facilities - are available next to visitor reception and the restaurant. These are sanitized at least three times a day.

The Granary restaurant is open with a reduced menu between 10am to 4pm. We ask that you use the picnic area next to the vegetable garden where there are picnic tables available, appropriately spaced.

Sadly, we’re not able to open everything at once. Some facilities and areas remain closed at the moment, so that we're sure that everything we do is safe, but new possibilities are opening up all the time.

Access

Visitors are welcome to loan one of our wheelchairs on a first come, first served basis. Benches are located around the site for visitors to rest as they walk.

Dogs are welcome on the wider estate but assistance dogs only in the garden. Please keep them on a short lead at all times.

Indoor spaces

We have a fascinating history at Sissinghurst and you can discover more of our stories in our collection spaces such as the Tower, Long Library and South Cottage. We are running tours of South Cottage by our wonderful volunteers who bring the story of Vita and Harold to life, free flow of the cottage will run if we do not have volunteer capacity.  Please ask the room stewards if you would like any further information during your visit. 

The Long Library at Sissinghurst Castle Garden
The richly wooden panelled library at Sissinghurst
The Long Library at Sissinghurst Castle Garden

Exploring the gardens

Our gardens are begining to bloom in the Spring sunshine, the Nuttery and Lime walk are bursting with life while the Cottage Garden is aflame with colour, reds, orange and yellow's carpeting the floor. The Rose Garden is on its way, expecting beautiful foliage in June and July along with the White Garden. With our new Delos garden looking beautiful year round, explore the garden rooms and wander through the orchard, see how the garden changes throughout the year.

Please don't use bikes, scooters and trikes anywhere in the grounds, and please don't bring parasols, wind breakers, tents, gazebos or inflatables on your visit.