Sissinghurst Castle Garden


Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Biddenden Road
Sissinghurst
Cranbrook
Kent
TN17 2AB

2 miles north-east of Cranbrook, 1 mile east of Sissinghurst village on Biddenden Road, off A262.

6 acres

Tel
01580 710701

Visit website

Opening Hours

10am–4pm in winter (last entry 3.15pm), daily (excl 24 & 25 Dec). Please see website for more details.

Admission

Please see website for admission prices.

RHS members

Free access (member 1 only for joint memberships) applies Nov–Mar.

Facilities

  • Assistance dogs only
  • Accessible facilities
  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children's activities
  • Gift shop
  • Group rates
  • Parking
  • Picnic area
  • Plant sales
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets

Features

  • Autumn colour
  • Mediterranean/Italian garden
  • Pond or lake
  • Woodland

About the garden

Owned by
National Trust

When poet and writer Vita Sackville-West and her diplomat and author husband Harold Nicolson fell in love with Sissinghurst Castle in the early 1930s, it looked quite different from what we see today. The buildings were used to house farm workers and the garden, which had yet to be laid out, mostly grew vegetables. The surrounding farm grew cereals and there were also well-established orchards and hop gardens.

Created over 30 years, Harold's architectural planning of the garden rooms and the colourful, abundant planting in the gardens by Vita reflect the romance and intimacy of her poems and writings. Heralded for its beauty and diversity, the garden at Sissinghurst is said to be one of the most famous gardens in England – the epitome of the English garden.

After researching to find out more about Vita and Harold's original design, the National Trust is taking steps to recapture the vision that they had. Keep an eye out for changes around the garden in 2023, and don't miss the vast panoramic views from the top of the Tower, the working farm and the 450-acre wider estate.

Please note: this is a partially accessible garden.

Plants of special interest

  • Alliums
  • Alpines
  • Bluebells
  • Camellias
  • Cornus (for winter stems or spring bracts)
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodils
  • Ferns
  • Hellebores
  • Herbs
  • Hostas
  • Irises
  • Magnolias
  • Maple
  • Primulas
  • Rhododendrons/azaleas
  • Shade-loving plants
  • Snowdrops
  • Spring bulbs
  • Topiary
  • Wildflowers

Get involved

The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place.