Days Out

Make time to visit Herstmonceux Castle

Make time to visit this magnificent moated 15th Century castle set in beautiful parkland and superb Elizabethan gardens. Built originally as a country home in the mid-15th Century, Herstmonceux Castle embodies the history of medieval England and the romance of renaissance Europe. Your experience begins with your first sight of the castle as it breaks into view.


In the grounds you will find the formal gardens including a walled garden dating from 1570, a herb garden, the Shakespeare Garden, woodland sculptures, the pyramid, the water lily filled moat and the Georgian style folly. The woodland walks will take you to the remains of the three hundred year old sweet chestnut avenue, the rhododendron garden from the Lowther/Latham period, the waterfall (dependent on rainfall), and the 39 steps leading you through a woodland glade.


The season’s attractions:

September – Herbaceous

October – Autumn colours

While you are here you can enjoy a delicious cream tea in the tearoom. For those who wish to know more about the history of the castle, there is the Visitors Centre displaying various artefacts, photographs and information. Also, visitors are encouraged to take part in the guided tour of the interior of the castle to gain an insight into what life was like in times gone by and to become familiar with the stories and rumours which have circulated over the years, including those of smugglers and our resident ghosts.

The castle is not open to the public; however guided tours are conducted at an extra charge (£2.50 adults & £1.00 children) and subject to availability, but due to the operation of a busy university we strongly advise you to phone for confirmation of times before your visit.

The estate is also the site of the hands on Observatory Science Centre, which is open in the Equatorial Telescope Building providing interest for all the family (separate entry fee). If you wish to visit both the Science Centre and castle grounds a combined ticket can be purchased. For science centre enquiries please telephone 01323-832731.

Gardens and Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle
Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 IRN
Tel: 01323-833816

Open daily until 1st November, 10am – 6pm (last admission 5pm)
Closes at 5pm during October
Admission prices to gardens and grounds: Adults £6.00, Children under 16 £3.00 & Concessions £4.95

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