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:

    • LizF667
      Grimsby, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Worth a visit
      4 of 5 stars
      Monday, 19th July 2021
      Interesting place to visit-shame we couldn’t look round house! As it was a nice day we did have a nice walk around the grounds although did find them a little unkempt in places. Nice cafe. Read full review
    • Inspire22770383041
      Bideford, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Lovely picturesque castle with very nice grounds to walk around.
      5 of 5 stars
      Monday, 26th July 2021
      The castle is very picturesque although we couldn’t go inside which is a shame. The estate is lovely to walk around for a couple of hours. Take a picnic on a nice day. Read full review
    • ClearlyAM
      Royal Wootton Bassett, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      Friends getaway
      A lovely day out in spite of rain. Friendly staff and beautiful roses made it.
      4 of 5 stars
      Tuesday, 27th July 2021
      We visited on a drizzly day. Family with one 7 year old. Really warm welcome from the staff both at ticket office (NB book online or contactless payment only) and at the castle entrance. The map we... 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.


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