Herstmonceux Castle, Gardens and Grounds

Herstmonceux, Hailsham, BN27 1RN

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Bridge, moat and gardens at Herstmonceux Castle.


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.


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:

  • 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
  • K1472CRkarenc
    Shillington, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Great place
    4 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 2nd May 2021
    Visited the area for the day and as we had a few hours to kill while our daughter went off to do other things, we visited here. Lovely garden & grounds. Perfect for a walk despite the showery... Read full review
  • melsD1186UC
    Pleasant, but quite a lot of money for a short walk around outside.
    3 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 9th May 2021
    Magnificent castle (closed) and grounds, not at its best this time of year though. We payed £14.00 for two to walk around the outside. If it's rainy or cold there is little to no shelter and few... 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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