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Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle

Wartling Road Entrance, Hailsham BN27 1RN, England
+44 1323 833816
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External view in beautiful gardens

Castle perhaps the oldest brick built structure in Britain since Roman times, 100 years before look... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
roger h
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Guildford, United Kingdom
Excellent place to visit

I visited the castle for 2 days early October. It has a lot of history. The castle is being used by... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Darryl D
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Brampton, Canada
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Herstmonceux is renowned for its magnificent moated castle, set in beautiful parkland and superb Elizabethan gardens. The Gardens and Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle embodies the history of medieval England and the romance of renaissance Europe. Your experience begins as you make your way through the grounds and the castle breaks into view. The castle gardens and grounds are home to a staggering variety of flora and fauna with wild orchids, formal rose gardens, Canada geese and resident peacock all adding to the charm of such an individual location. Various events take place throughout the year including theatre productions, operatic performances and most famously the Medieval Festival. Castle tours are provided but because the castle operates as an International Study Centre we advise visitors to call in advance to avoid disappointment.
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Wartling Road Entrance, Hailsham BN27 1RN, England
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Castle perhaps the oldest brick built structure in Britain since Roman times, 100 years before look alike Hampton Court. Gardens are extensive, in series of walled "rooms" on a theme, with tree walks and pleasant setting.

Thank roger h
Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited the castle for 2 days early October. It has a lot of history. The castle is being used by The Queen's University, Kingston, Canada as their international student campus. The gardens around the castle are beautiful and the castle is situated on a...More

Thank Darryl D
HerstmonceuxCastle, Front Office Manager at Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thanks Darryl for this review. We have asked Brian, the tour guide to ensure the group is together so that you can all hear him. We apologise and hope it didn't spoil your visit too much.

Reviewed 1 week ago

We went here in mid-October when it was quiet. Although the gardens were not at their best, we did enjoy our time there and the sweet chestnut trees were dropping their fruit and we had much fun collecting them! The castle with its moat look...More

Thank David S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There is only one viewing a day, and because we did not pay the extra £2.50 at the gate we were not told that only 25 people are invited to take the tour - only way of entry. Turned up 1/2 hour before tour to...More

Thank Graham U
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Absolutely enjoyed every moment walking around exploring these beautiful gardens and grounds of this magnificent 15th Century castle! Beautiful gardens at every turn, grand old trees and landscaped different gardens including a gorgeous butterfly garden. There is a lot to see and we walked around...More

Thank 305taniad
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited this castle and was glad I took the guided tour of the castle it was very informative and well presented, make sure you book early as there are limited spaces. The gardens were pleasant to walk round and some interesting plants and shrubs. Overall...More

Thank Richard W
HerstmonceuxCastle, General Manager at Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank you Richard for the is fantastic and helpful review. We hope you visit us again and enjoy the gardens at a different time of year.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The castle is stunning to look at and the moat sets it off beautiful. There is lovely gardens and scenery although we didn't spend enough time looking around. The tea room was nice and reasonably priced. We booked to go on a tour. The host...More

Thank Helen C
Reviewed 15 September 2017

Castle looks impressive and the grounds are lovely to wanders round with various walks and garden to look at.There is a herb garden that had peacocks wandering in it when we were there. The folly was amusing, not quite what you think it is. The...More

Thank Di B
HerstmonceuxCastle, Front Office Manager at Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Thank for this helpful review. We have spoken to Brian about keeping the group together and apologies for what may not been as good an experience as you had hoped. The joint ticket is a popular way of visiting both attractions. We hope you visit...More

Reviewed 14 September 2017

We have been to the Medieval Festival at the castle for many years now as traders but this year for first time went as public with German family. I have to say it gets better and better each year and yes its a bit expensive...More

Thank TonyEBetts
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Herstmonceux Gardens is a great place for the family especially during the August Bank Holiday Medieval Festival, with loads to do in beautiful gardens & a vase expanse of countryside, surrounding an great historic building. There are also nature walks easily accessible.

Thank Chrystalleni
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