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Herstmonceux Castle, Gardens and Grounds

Herstmonceux, Hailsham, BN27 1RN

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Bridge, moat and gardens at Herstmonceux Castle.


Herstmonceux is renowned for its magnificent moated castle, set in 550 acres of glorious parkland and superb Elizabethan gardens. Built originally as a country home in the mid 15th Century, Herstmonceux Castle embodies the history of medieval England and the romance of renaissance Europe. In the grounds you will find the formal gardens, including a walled garden dating from before 1570, a herb garden, the Shakespeare garden, woodland sculptures, the pyramid, the water lily filled moat and the Georgian style folly.

Tours of the castle

The castle operates as an International Study Centre and is not open freely to the public. We do conduct organised tours at an extra charge.  Please check the website for times and prices. Tours are available by checking our website or calling 01323 833816. The extra cost of these tours are adults £3 & Children £1:50

Medieval Festival

Every August Bank Holiday, Herstmonceux Castle provides the scenic backdrop for England's Medieval Festival.


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 the Canadian Queen's University.

While you're here

Herstmonceux Castle is right next to the Observatory Science Centre – why not visit both at the same time? You can even get a discount by buying a combined ticket. Find out more about things to do in Herstmonceux and what's on in Herstmonceux.


Why not make a weekend of it? Here are some suggestions of where to stay in Herstmonceux, and food and drink in Herstmonceux.

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult ticket£6.00 per ticket
Concession ticket£5.00 per ticket
Child (4-17 years)£3.00 per ticket
Children under 4Free
Family of 5 ticket£18.00 per ticket
Family ticket (1 adult & 3 children)£15.00 per ticket
Family ticket (2 adults & 2 children)£15.00 per ticket

Reduced rates for groups of 15+.
Joint tickets are available for the Castle & Observatory, please check website for details
Group Rates & Season tickets are available, see website or call 01323 834457.



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Recent Reviews:

  • Barry S
    Horsham, United Kingdom
    Fine brick built Castle
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 6th October 2019
    Herstmonceux Castle is brick built from the 15th century sitting in about 300 acres and is worth a visit if you are in East Sussex. Make an appointment to have a tour which will explain all of its... Read full review
  • LouEast
    London, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Enjoyable afternoon
    4 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 10th October 2019
    I visited Herstmonceux Castle this afternoon. Unfortunately I was too late for the last tour of the castle (1pm). I should have read up on this before my visit but will definitely pay another visit... Read full review
  • tonyr172
    Hailsham, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Day out.
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 20th October 2019
    Excellent day out well worth it.lots to see and do.lovely surroundings well worth visiting.parking is also good 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.

Opening Times

Open daily with the exception of Friday 23rd August (2 Mar 2019 - 3 Nov 2019)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 18:00
Bank Holiday10:00 - 18:00

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