Winter at Sissinghurst Castle Garden

The tower baked in winter sun

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.

Visiting Monday - Friday, 2 November - 6 March

We're still open everyday of the winter period. Although the majority of the garden will be closed for vital conservation work there are some areas that can be accessed. With both the south cottage and the tower open everyday the garden paths leading to these building will be open and with a great bird's eye view from the top of the tower it's a great vista to see the bare bones of the winter garden. We open 11am-4pm everyday apart from Christmas eve and Christmas day, head into reception to find out what's going on during your next visit.

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

Take a look below at a few more ideas of what else you can do during your next visit to Sissinghurst.

The orchard in spring is carpeted in daffodils

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.

Get a rare glimpse in to Harold Nicolson's book room in the South Cottage

The South Cottage 

Take a look inside the South Cottage which has long been the residence of writers. There's very limited tickets available daily, visit the kitchen of the cottage to book on a tour when you arrive.

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.

One of Richard Bloom's entries into the 'Beautiful Gardens' category

International Garden Photographer of the Year Exhibition at Sissinghurst

While the garden prepares for spring, brighten up your winter with a visit to the International Garden Photographer of the Year Exhibition from 4 January - 8 March 2020. We'll be showcasing some of the very best amateur and professional garden photography from across the world in this dynamic display.

Upcoming events

Timed entry to Sissinghurst Castle Garden (3 May - 9 May)

Thu 06 May 2021
10:00-16:30
Book your timed entry to visit Sissinghurst Castle Garden.