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Herstmonceux Castle, Gardens and Grounds

Herstmonceux, Hailsham, BN27 1RN

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Bridge, moat and gardens at Herstmonceux Castle.

About

Herstmonceux Castle is reopening in stages, starting 16 June for season ticket holders and 4 July for all visitors. Please check the website before travelling.

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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.

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 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.

Accommodation

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:

  • Caketaster1
    Castle tour and afternoon tea
    5 of 5 stars
    Tuesday, 17th December 2019
    We had a lovely afternoon which started with a tour of the castle . The guide ,Victoria, made it really interesting with lots of facts and tales . We then had afternoon tea which was nicely... Read full review
  • ladywholunchesloads
    Polegate, United Kingdom
    magical place
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 1st March 2020
    This place is just so special, in lovely countryside surroundings, there are often special things to do. So relaxing, if you are stressed, walk around the grounds and I almost guarantee that you... Read full review
  • 5-in-the-bed
    Crawley, United Kingdom
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    Family
    Castle tour not for kids
    3 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 22nd March 2020
    Apart from being a fantastic place with super friendly and knowledgeable staff, be aware that this tour of the castle is definitely not suited to children under 10, our 8 year old was bored stiff, I... 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)
DayTimes
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 18:00
Bank Holiday10:00 - 18:00

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