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Sissinghurst Castle Gardens

Sissinghurst Castle rises up out of the Weald of Kent like something from a fairytale. A ruined Elizabethan manor house converted into a garden in the 1930s by writer Vita Sackville-West and her husband Sir Harold Nicholson, it’s famous for its brilliant colours throughout the year and its garden ‘rooms’. Don’t miss the rose garden and White Garden, which are world renowned.

Sissinghurst Castle Garden is a part of the National Trust and the most visited garden in England -- our tip is to visit in the afternoon when it is generally quieter. Stroll through the series of enclosed spaces or garden rooms each styled and planted in a different way, but all instilling their own feeling of romance. Rare plants and traditional English cottage garden flowers are bountiful. You will be greeted by surprising views of small hidden spaces and long vistas opening up at every turn. 


Where: Sissinghurst Castle Garden, Sissinghurst, nr Cranbrook, Kent TN17 2AB, England

Opening times: The gardens are open mid March to the end of October, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Last admission is one hour before closing (or before dusk if earlier). The South Cottage and the 460-acre estate are open year round. Check the website for house, shop, and restaurant opening information.

Getting there: 

  • ​By car: Sissinghurst Castle Garden is in Kent, two miles northeast of Cranbrook and one mile east of of Sissinghurst village on Biddenden Road, off the A262. It's about 60 miles or two hours from central London.
  • By train: Trains from London Charing Cross leave regularly for nearby Staplehurst, five miles away. The journey takes less than an hour. The Maidstone to Hawkshurst bus (Arriva route 4/5) passes the rail station and stops in the village of Sissinghurst, one and a quarter miles away.