Herstmonceux Castle, Gardens and Grounds

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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Recent Reviews:

  • Bucks-Bowler
    Lovely place to visit
    5 of 5 stars
    Wednesday, 23rd September 2020
    Visited the gardens here, the house was closed due to Covid restrictions. The visit was helped by glorious late summer sunshine but the information guide provided and the gardens were a delight to... Read full review
  • colinangelab
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    Couples
    Worth a visit. Nice grounds for walks.
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 26th September 2020
    Although the castle itself was closed due to covid-19 in September 2020, it was well worth visiting the grounds. There are plenty of lovely walks around the grounds and through woodland. We still... Read full review
  • karlantell
    Southampton, United Kingdom
    A league of its own.
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 12th October 2020
    Huge gardens and woodlands. Went with our dog and all 3 of us found this place to be wonderful. Amazing value and a real gem of East Sussex! 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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