Families at Sissinghurst Castle Garden

A picture of two boys building a den.

Whether you're five or fifty there's plenty to explore every day here at Sissinghurst. Make your way over to visitor reception to find out what you can do throughout your visit.

Family walking by the river

The Dragonfly Trail

Enjoy a day of family fun as you trail our dragonfly while covering vegetable gardens, gardens, woodlands and lakes. There's lots of fun activities for you to try along the way as well as finding out about the key conservation work which helps protect our estate. Pick a map up from visitor reception when you arrive to begin your adventure.

Birdwatching at a hide

50 things to do before you're 11¾ at Sissinghurst Castle Garden

Become a nature explorer with us here at Sissinghurst Castle Garden. Take a look to see what the top things to do are while you're visiting us, let's get adventuring.


All you need to know for a family visit 

  • Baby changing facilities can be found at the Old dairy cafe, the main visitor toilets next to visitor reception and in the granary restaurant.
  • High chairs are available in the old dairy cafe and the granary restaurant.
  • The granary restaurant has an array of dishes which are inteded for the younger members of the family.
  • The shop has a great selection for families with explorer packs, games and nature activity books to name just a few.
  • Visit our oast house next to visitor reception and take a look inside our nature activitiy hub, learn about what makes the outdoors so great.
  • We have family trails, nature bingo, bird spotting and estate maps in visitor reception. Bring some crayons and colouring pencils to make the most out of the trails.
  • Explore our 50 things to do before you're 11¾ area down by the lakes on the estate and see how many things you can tick off during your visit.
  • Be sure to pay a visit to the veg garden where there's not only lots of room to burn off energy but there are two bug hotels to investigate.
  • If you're looking to explore the short estate walk with a push chair than the best way to the lakes is by following the outside of the garden mote and taking the path down. The terrain is quite hilly and there are some bumps so please take care on your way around, ask for a map at visitor reception.
  • Make your way to the bird hide to see some local wildlife. Be sure to ask at reception for a map to help guide your way.


Get outside and closer to nature

Pop in to Visitor Reception when you arrive and ask us about our exploring kits, quizzes and trails. There's fun to be had around the estate too with long and short walks around lakes, bird spotting in our hide or see what animals you can spot around our farm. What are you waiting for?
A family explore the great outdoors
A family explore the great outdoors
A family explore the great outdoors

Young explorers

Our veg garden is a great place for families to run around and see the different varieties of veg that we grow here. We have veg garden quizzes available form visitor reception and in the veg garden, pick up a quiz and see if you have what it takes to become a vegetable gardener. 

If you take a walk along the path at the bottom of the veg garden, go to the end and turn right, down that path you'll discover our bird hide overlooking a pond. Ask at visitor reception for a pair of binoculars to help you identify which birds we have living here.


Paws always welcome

Bring your favourite four legged friend to help you discover our estate, there's even a dog jump in area at our lakes so they can enjoy a cooling swim on your way round. Dogs are welcome to explore as much of the estate as they like but aren't allowed in the main garden or in the vegetable garden and please keep dogs on leads when near livestock. 



Upcoming events

International Garden Photographer of the Year exhibition

Wed 29 Jan 2020
To add a bit of colour to winter, we will be hosting some of the best garden, plant and landscape photography from amateur and professional photographers across the globe.

Winter weekend garden opening

Sat 01 Feb 2020
Winter opening of the garden kicks off from Saturday 2 November. The garden will be open every weekend throughout winter between 11am-4pm.

Winter in the library

Tue 04 Feb 2020
Over winter our House and Collections team will be opening the Long Library for drop-in sessions to share rarely seen books, photographs and objects from our collection.

Hedge Laying Course

Sat 08 Feb 2020
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.

Woodsman Walk

Sat 07 Mar 2020
Join our ranger for a tour of our woodland where you can explore the work that goes into woodland management. Includes lunch in the restaurant.

Half Term Bird Trail

Sat 14 Mar 2020
Discover the estate with our bird trail this February half term. You'll be given a map at visitor reception to help you find each of the activity areas.