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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:

  • Josie C
    Brighton, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Beautiful building and grounds
    5 of 5 stars
    Saturday, 7th September 2019
    We particularly enjoyed the tour (tour guide Victoria) of the castle the guide was enthusiastic and knowledgeable, so very interesting. The gardens weren’t at their best due to the time of year but... Read full review
  • 4wardho
    Trip Type:
    Dog friendly gardens!
    5 of 5 stars
    Thursday, 12th September 2019
    We decided to take a trip to the castle as the gardens and woodland are dog friendly. We had a wonderful amble around the beautiful formal and ornamental gardens which are very well kept. Also some... Read full review
  • Stonehugger
    Castle tour is extra...
    3 of 5 stars
    Monday, 16th September 2019
    Be warned - your whole site ticket for gardens, grounds and science centre doesn't include entry to the castle and the tour, which in fact was the best part of the visit. The gardens were looking... 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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