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.


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.


Book Tickets

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:

    • Bluebellplasnewydd
      Cardiff, United Kingdom
      Interesting walled garden
      4 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 6th April 2022
      This is not a good time of the year to visit gardens and the castle was closed for inside visits. The location is quite spectacular with a moat and very well tended ground supported by informative... Read full review
    • Grindlehop
      Trip Type:
      Walkers on the 1066 route beware of charges
      2 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 11th May 2022
      Walking the 1066 route that goes around the castle grounds. We decided it would be a nice place to stop and have a coffee and cake but walkers beware as we were accosted by the campus security... Read full review
    • jackcU2346MS
      Complaints procedure ..a lot to be desired !
      1 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 12th May 2022
      I have had the rotten luck to make a serious complaint ,against a member of staff employed by Herstmonceux Castle. An email was sent to, Julie Ryan – Enterprise Director (pronouns... 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.

    Public Transport Directions

    Due to Herstmonceux's rural location, it is not easily accessible by public transport. The Cuckmere Community Bus does operate a seasonal service (49) to the estate from Eastbourne each Wednesday. More info at www.cuckmerebuses.org.uk/ The nearest mainline railway station is Polegate which then requires a taxi journey to Hestmonceux Castle Estate.


    Thursday, 26th May 2022 - Thursday, 26th May 2022

    poster for public lecture Vogue! Royalty and FashionVogue! Royalty and Fashion lectureA free public lecture by Dr Ruth Cereceda at Herstmonceux Castle Estate.
    more info

    Sunday, 5th June 2022 - Sunday, 5th June 2022

    large group sat on lawn before herstmonceux castlePicnic at the CastleThe perfect venue for a picnic and in celebration of Her Majesty The Queen's Platinum Jubilee.
    more info


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