Winter at Sissinghurst Castle Garden

The view from a walk at Sissinghurst Castle Garden in winter

Winter opening of the garden kicks off from Saturday 2 November. Every weekend throughout winter the garden will be open for visitors to see the bare bones of the garden and enjoy a guided tour of south cottage.

Winter weekend garden opening     

Every Saturday and Sunday, 2 November - 6 March                                                 

Discover the bare beauty of the garden in winter and the structure which provides the frame work for abundant planting later in the year every weekend. Sissinghurst is famous as the epitome of the English Garden; a result of the creative tension between the formal design of Harold Nicolson and the exuberant planting of Vita Sackville-West. Walk at your leisure around parts of the garden not normally open at this time of year to discover the structure and architecture at its best.

The garden gate in the winter sun at Sissinghurst Castle Garden
The garden gate in the winter sun at Sissinghurst Castle Garden
The garden gate in the winter sun at Sissinghurst Castle Garden

Leading up to the festive period we have a few notable dates for your diaries. Take a look below to see what's going on in the run up to Christmas and what you can do during your next visit to Sissinghurst.

The view from the restaurant at Sissinghurst in winter

Festive lunches at Sissinghurst Castle Garden

Enjoy lunch with a view this festive season using fresh, local produce. Take a look through our festive lunch menu which will take place everyday from 2-23 December and between 12-2.30pm.

Visitors exploring the Christmas market at Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire

Festive market 

Stock up for the Christmas holidays at our annual festive market, taking place on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 November. With local food, produce and crafts for sale there's plenty of great ideas for all those seasonal gifts.

A frosty winter walk

Sissinghurst Castle estate walk

Nestled in the heart of the Weald, this landscape inspired the creation of a world-class garden and the prolific writing of Vita Sackville-West.

The Tower in Winter at Sissinghurst Castle Garden

The Tower at Sissinghurst Castle Garden

The tower sits within the heart of the garden and makes for a great bird's eye view of the garden's layout, as well as offering far reaching vistas across the wealden landscape. On the first floor is Vita Sackville-West's writing room, this is where the famous former resident would spend hours working on her novels and other works of literature.

The colour changes daily through the autumn in the Sissinghurst Castle Garden

Sissinghurst Photographic Award Exhibition with IGPOTY

An exhibition of the best views and vistas capturing Sissinghurst in all its beauty entered into the Sissinghurst Photographic award in association with the International Garden Photographer of the Year. International Garden Photographer of the Year (IGPOTY) and National Trust Sissinghurst Castle Garden partnered to offer a new free-to-enter special award to celebrate the beauty of this world-renowned garden. This is the exclusive special award only indoor exhibition which showcases all the award winners - come and see how they captured Sissinghurst in all its beauty. Visit between 25 October - 2 January, closed 24 and 25 December.

 

Upcoming events

Sissinghurst Photographic Award Exhibition with IGPOTY

Fri 22 Nov 2019
11:00-16:00
An exhibition of the best views and vistas capturing Sissinghurst in all its beauty entered into the Sissinghurst Photographic award in association with the International Garden Photographer of the Year.

Festive Market

Sat 23 Nov 2019
10:30-15:00
The annual festive market is back for another year, taking place on Saturday 23 November and Sunday 24 November, read on to find out more.

Winter weekend garden opening

Sat 23 Nov 2019
11:00-16:00
Winter opening of the garden kicks off from Saturday 2 November. The garden will be open every weekend throughout winter between 11am-4pm.

Festive lunches

Mon 02 Dec 2019
12:00-14:30
Celebrate the festive period at Sissinghurst this December by booking in for a festive lunch between 2-23 December in the granary restaurant.

Wreath Making Workshop

Sun 08 Dec 2019
10:00-12:00
Join this workshop to make your festive, environmentally friendly wreath using foliage from the Sissinghurst garden and estate.

Hedge Laying Course

Sat 08 Feb 2020
09:30-16:00
Learn the art of hedge laying with this hands on course led by our Ranger team. Refreshments and lunch will be provided throughout the day.