Admire world-renowned gardens set in a 186-hectare (460-acre) estate of scenic countryside at Sissinghurst Castle Garden. The poet and writer Vita Sackville-West and her diplomat husband Harold Nicholson fell in love with Sissinghurst Castle and began transforming it in the 1930s. They created its unusual gardens, which are designed as a series of themed "rooms." Explore the diversity of the gardens and venture through the open areas of the castle. The castle has served as the backdrop for a varied history; it was a prison camp in the 1700s and a home to the women’s land army in World War II. In the library, look for the original painting of the prison camp, which details its layout and the activities of the soldiers. Climb the steps of the tower to the room at the top, where Vita often wrote, and take in the same panoramic views that inspired her. The restaurant and coffee shop, supplied by Sissinghurst’s own organic vegetable plot, is an ideal place to stop for lunch. Work out when and for how long to visit Sissinghurst Castle Garden and other Sissinghurst attractions using our handy Sissinghurst sightseeing planner.
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Have been to Sissinghurst many times, in all seasons, rain or shine. As a photographer I never walk away without being able to take pictures. Hot and cold food is usually available. more »
Good day out, went with family, lovely gift shop. The restaurant is very nice with plenty of choice for the whole family. Plenty of people to give you lots of useful information about the family home. more »
Visiting Sissinghurst throughout the year offers you a real opportunity to connect to a time, a place, a way of life that doesn't exist for most of us. It links you in a visceral way to Vita and her bohemian set who you get the feeling would sit comfortably in the changed society we are embracing now and that they really championed. They might have been the privileged in society but its their humanity that I can connect with here.
A visit in early summer when the White Garden is in full bloom will be a memorable experience. The rooftop view of the gardens and surrounding countryside is exhilarating and the whole Bloomsbury thing adds an additional layer of romance to what is one of my favourite NT properties. Of all the properties in this part of the countryside, this is one of the best.
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