Vita Sackville-West, the notable poet and writer, began the transforming of Sissinghurst Castle in the 1930s with her diplomat and author husband, Harold Nicolson. 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.
Sissinghurst Castle was the backdrop for a diverse history, from the astonishing time as a prison in the 1700s to being a home to the women’s land army. It was also a family home to some fascinating people who lived here or came to stay. Today you can take in the ruined architecture of the extensive original buildings, vast panoramic views from the top of the Tower, the current working farm and the 450-acre wider estate along with Vita and Harold's gardens.
Pull up a chair in our old dairy where you can enjoy a second hand book and a coffee in front of our wood burner or enjoy the countryside views over lunch in our granary restaurant.
There’s plenty of retail therapy to be had in our shops, indulge in some gifts, books or plants for your own bit of Sissinghurst Castle at home.
Open daily from 11am until 5.30pm.
Last entry to exhibitions, tower and garden is 45 minutes before closing. Access to the South Cottage is by timed ticket.
The South Cottage and exhibitions may be closed for some periods for conservation reasons.
Closed 24 and 25 December.
Child age range: Up to 15 years