What to expect from your visit

View from the Nuttery at Sissinghurst Castle Garden

The garden, shop and plant shop, restaurant and coffee shop offering a reduced menu, estate, library and tower with limited capacity, 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 10.30am to 5pm. 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, library and south cottage. The collection spaces may be operating slightly different then before, 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 looking lovely and they will continue to do so well into the autumn. However, they won’t be quite as you’re used to seeing them. We’ve only had a limited number of gardeners at Sissinghurst, while everyone stayed home and stayed safe.

We have a small team back at work now, but nowhere near what we’re used to, so the gardens aren’t perhaps as well-groomed as you might be expecting. There are some weeds and rough edges; please bear with us as we do what we can as soon as we can, and instead enjoy all the many other pleasures that our gardens have to offer.

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.