Herstmonceux Castle, Gardens and Grounds

Herstmonceux, Hailsham, BN27 1RN

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Bridge, moat and gardens at Herstmonceux Castle.


Herstmonceux Castle is currently closed. Please check the website for more information.


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. Read more about Herstmonceux Castle.

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:

  • 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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    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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