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:

    • HolidaymakerfromHove
      Brighton and Hove, United Kingdom
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      Herstmonceux Castle Gardens……….
      4 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 30th August 2022
      We visited as a party of two on a a Tuesday morning in August. We were able to use our 2-4-1 Gardeners World discount card. Adult entrance is £8 to the grounds. The castle in now privately owned and... Read full review
    • 121mandyb
      Crawley, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Solo travel
      Beautiful Castle and Gardens
      5 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 4th October 2022
      This castle is beautiful. I had never been before. It was £8 entry fee and I think it is definitely worth the money. So much to see. The gardens are so beautifully kept and to walk round them, it is... Read full review
    • JMCM056
      Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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      3 of 5 stars
      Sunday, 9th October 2022
      Lovely gardens, nice cafe with some really good quality cakes. Majorly let down by no option to pay cash - either upon entry or on the cafe. Discrimination against cash users is a big mistake and... 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.

    Opening Times

    February - March (last admission 3pm) (1 Jan 2023 - 31 Mar 2023)
    Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00
    April - September (last admission 5pm) (1 Apr 2023 - 30 Sept 2023)
    Monday - Sunday10:00 - 19:00
    October - November (last admission 3pm) (1 Oct 2023 - 30 Nov 2023)
    Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00


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