Herstmonceux is renowned for its magnificent moated castle, set amid beautiful 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.
When you arrive at the castle if you do not have one of our leaflets please ask for one at the ticket office as it contains a map of the grounds and the different walks you may enjoy. As you progress down the drive your enchantment begins with your first sight of the castle as it breaks into view surrounded by trees and the moat.
We suggest you start your walk in our beautiful Elizabethan walled gardens, up through the Rose Garden and Herb Garden and then head for woodland trails, leading to delightful discoveries such as Woodhenge, the Folly and lake, Rhododendron Gardens and much, much more.
During these months the gardens are at their best for:
April - Daffodils
May - Rhododendrons, Azaleas and the Bluebells in the woods.
June-August - Roses in the Rose Garden
June-September - Herbaceous Borders of the Elizabethan Gardens
October - Autumn colours in over 100 acres of woodland.
At the end of your walk why not enjoy a delicious cream tea in Chestnuts, the castle tearoom.
For those who wish to know more about the history of the castle, there is a Visitors Centre displaying various artefacts, photographs and information or if you would like to apply for a season ticket please print and complete the following application form available to download here.
The castle is not open to the public, however guided tours are conducted at an extra charge and subject to availability, but due to the operation of a busy working university we strongly advise you to phone for confirmation of times before you visit.
Gardens and Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle
Hailsham, East Sussex BN27 1RN
Tel: 01323 833816