Herstmonceux Castle Gardens & Grounds

“A 15th-century, moated castle set in 300 acres of parkland and gardens.” - VisitEngland Assessor


Hailsham, East Sussex

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Herstmonceux Castle sits behind a moat and is set in 600 acres of beautiful parkland and superb Elizabethan gardens. Among the pleasures to be found in the grounds are the Shakespeare Garden, Chestnuts Tea Room and the Visitors Centre where you can take a break, learn about the history of the castle and relax before taking a gentle stroll around the formal gardens. Look out for Woodhenge, 300-year old chestnut trees, a folly, and secret garden, as well as the chance to walk around the lake and the moat. The castle's main function is as the UK campus of Queen’s University (Canada), however guided tours are conducted at an extra charge and subject to availability.

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Herstmonceux Castle Gardens & Grounds
The Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle, Wartling Road Entrance, HAILSHAM, East Sussex, BN27 1RN


About the area

Discover East Sussex

East Sussex, along with its western counterpart, is packed with interest. This is a land of stately homes and castles, miles of breezy chalk cliffs overlooking the English Channel, pretty rivers, picturesque villages and links to our glorious past. Mention Sussex to many people and images of the South Downs immediately spring to mind – ‘vast, smooth, shaven, serene,’ as the writer Virginia Woolf described them. She and her husband lived at Monk’s House in the village of Rodmell, near Lewes, and today, her modest home is managed by the National Trust and open to the public.

There are a great many historic landmarks within Sussex, but probably the most famous is the battlefield where William, Duke of Normandy defeated Harold and his Saxon army to become William the Conqueror of England. By visiting Battle, near Hastings, you can, with a little imagination, picture the bloody events that led to his defeat. East Sussex’s pretty towns such as Lewes, Rye and Uckfield have their charms, while the city of Brighton offers museums and fascinating landmarks, the best-known and grandest feature being the Royal Pavilion. 


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