Herstmonceux Castle Estate

Herstmonceux, Hailsham, BN27 1RN

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Bridge, moat and gardens at Herstmonceux Castle.


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The oldest brick building of note still standing in the country, Herstmonceux Castle was also once the largest private home in fifteenth century England. Today, the majestic, moated castle is the centrepiece of a beautiful 300 acre estate. Beyond formal gardens like the Rose, Elizabethan and Shakespeare, the grounds extend into open areas and woodland that include a children’s play area, a rope maze, and a Georgian-style folly – all ideal for families to explore.

 Read more about Herstmonceux Castle.

Tours of the castle

The castle operates as an International Study Centre and as such, the interior is not freely open to the public. However, it is hoped that informative talks to socially-distanced groups in the castle ballroom can take place once the current government restrictions have been eased sufficiently and it is safe to do so. Please check website and social media for updates.

Medieval Festival

Details about this year’s England's Medieval Festival will be announced in due course. Please check the website and social media.


Herstmonceux Castle is dog friendly, with dogs on leads allowed in the grounds and gardens.

International Study Centre

Herstmonceux Castle is the UK campus of  Queen's University in Canada.

While you're here

The Observatory Science Centre is also part of the Herstmonceux estate and well worth a visit.

Find out more about things to do in Herstmonceux and what's on in Herstmonceux.


Here are some suggestions of where to stay in Herstmonceux, together with food and drink in Herstmonceux.


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Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult ticket£8.00 per ticket
Concession ticket£7.00 per ticket
Child (4-17 years)£3.50 per ticket
Children under 4Free

Group Rates & Season tickets are available. Please see website or call 01323 834457.



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Recent Reviews:

  • Michael C
    Exceeded expectations
    4 of 5 stars
    Friday, 17th September 2021
    The setting is very attractive with the brick castle surrounded on three sides by its moat - in the correct light the reflections are stunning. Whilst the building is used for other purposes and not... Read full review
  • Avux99
    Cheshire, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Brick (not stone!) castle
    4 of 5 stars
    Friday, 8th October 2021
    Beautiful Elizabethan brick built castle with nice gardens. Access to inside the castle is limited to specific times/areas due to occupancy by the University of Canada. Read full review
  • Diana D
    United Kingdom
    We would love to come back and see the lovely castle again.
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 10th October 2021
    We think this is the most beautiful castle we have ever seen. We very much appreciated the warm welcome we received when we arrived on 13 09 21. The lady who welcomed us obviously enjoyed what she... Read full review

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Signposted from A272 Road at Herstmonceux two miles east of village on  Boreham Street to Pevensey road. Look for sign to Herstmonceux Castle on A271 or A27.


Friday, 29th October 2021 - Sunday, 31st October 2021

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