Experience the history of Medieval England at the gardens and grounds of Herstmonceux Castle
Herstmonceux is renowned for its magnificent moated castle, set in beautiful parkland and superb Elizabethan gardens and parkland. 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.
Set amongst carefully maintained Elizabethan gardens and parklands, your experience begins with your first sight of the castle as it breaks into view.
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.
The woodland walks will take you to the remains of the three hundred year old sweet chestnut avenue, the rhododendron garden from the Lowther/Latham period, the waterfall and the 39 steps leading you through a woodland glade.
Whilst you are there don’t forget to visit the Tea Room, Visitor’s Centre, and Nature Trail.
The castle itself is not open to the public, however guided tours are conducted at an extra charge and are subject to availability.
The castle also provides excellent facilities for conferences, weddings and functions. The combination of sophisticated atmosphere and personalised service make Herstmonceux Castle ideal for business or academic conferences.
The Castle is also proving to be an extremely popular wedding venue, with a choice of four rooms in which ceremonies can be performed. With beautiful rooms and a spectacular setting, Herstmonceux Castle lives up to every expectation of a fairy tale wedding.
For visitors the gardens and grounds are now open daily until 30th October from 10am.
Gardens and Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle
Hailsham, East Sussex BN27 1RN. Telephone 01323 – 833816.