Herstmonceux Castle Estate

Herstmonceux, Hailsham, BN27 1RN

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Bridge, moat and gardens at Herstmonceux Castle.

About

Please check the website for current opening times.

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.

Dogs

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.

Accommodation

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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    • johnsI8780XG
      Nice gardens
      4 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 26th May 2021
      Spent a very pleasant morning enjoying the gardens and countryside I’d like to say the same about the cafe we had coffee and Danish pastries on arrival the coffee but although the coffee was fine the... Read full review
    • chocolocomama
      Oxford, United Kingdom
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      Couples
      Beautiful grounds, grumpy coffee shop staff
      5 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 26th May 2021
      Beautiful grounds and interesting building but give the coffee shop a miss. We bought lunch here, which was very tasty but one of the ladies in the coffee shop was very unpleasant to every customer... Read full review
    • alan2303
      Shoreham-by-Sea, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      Lovely gardens and estate
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 31st May 2021
      Used our RHS two for one voucher to gain very reasonable priced admission. Friendly and helpful lady on the gate welcomed us and told us how to proceed. Entered the gardens through the castle which... 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.

    Awards

    • Visit BritainWe're Good to Go We're Good to Go 2021
    • Regional and Miscellaneous -WTTC Safe Travels WTTC Safe Travels 2021

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