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Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle

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Address: Wartling Road Entrance, Hailsham BN27 1RN, England
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Herstmonceux is renowned for its magnificent moated castle, set in...

Herstmonceux is renowned for its magnificent moated castle, set in beautiful parkland and superb Elizabethan gardens. The Gardens and Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle embodies the history of medieval England and the romance of renaissance Europe. Your experience begins as you make your way through the grounds and the castle breaks into view. The castle gardens and grounds are home to a staggering variety of flora and fauna with wild orchids, formal rose gardens, Canada geese and resident peacock all adding to the charm of such an individual location. Various events take place throughout the year including theatre productions, operatic performances and most famously the Medieval Festival. Castle tours are provided but because the castle operates as an International Study Centre we advise visitors to call in advance to avoid disappointment.

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great place to spend the day

lovely informal and formal gardens to walk round the folly is really good with lakeside views.a visit to the chestnut tea rooms is a must friendly staff and a selection of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
jeff b
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London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

lovely informal and formal gardens to walk round the folly is really good with lakeside views.a visit to the chestnut tea rooms is a must friendly staff and a selection of snacks.but be aware the castle is not open to the public which is not made very clear on there website

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Brussels, Belgium
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 2017

I attended the wedding of a family member last month and this is a beautiful setting for such an event. The staff were very friendly and all bases were covered. Well worth a look if your passing.

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Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

I love this place, such lovely walks and scenery. I have walked my dogs here, been to a wedding, attended a wedding fair ..., all great. It's nice walking around the estate and gardens, although take your wellies if it's been raining as it can be muddy. The cafe is nice too, good selection of drinks, cakes and snacks. Easy... More 

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Robertsbridge, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

Good. Value. For. Money .only. £6 to go. In. relaxing. Gardens. And. Woodlands. Tea. Shop. Is. Delightful and. Very. Reasonable.

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Thank karenmarkriggs
HerstmonceuxCastle, General Manager at Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle, responded to this review

Thank you for your 5 star review. The entry fee remains the same for 2017 and we reopen over the first weekend in March. We hope you visit the castle again this year. More 

Hastings, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Went to a hog roast and had a look around the gardens and grounds of this beautiful place X I fell in love with the trees they are many different types and shapes X there was also an iron works sculpture exhibition going on X the moat is truly lovely with Lilly's growing around in the moat near the drawbridge... More 

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HerstmonceuxCastle, General Manager at Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle, responded to this review

Thank you for your super review Jean. the sculptures will be back in the summer from the beginning of June. We hope you will return to the Castle sometime this year. More 

Hailsham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 November 2016

Castle right on my doorstep and well worth a visit. Beautiful grounds and historically very interesting,

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HerstmonceuxCastle, General Manager at Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle, responded to this review

Many thanks for your review Chantal. We agree, obviously! The gardens and grounds re-open to the public on 4 March 2017 so we hope to see you next year... More 

Ramsgate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016

The grounds are fabulous. The old chestnut trees are wonderful. The whole area is very photogenic. Visited the grounds in the morning then the nearby Science Centre in the afternoon felt the best way to visit both with a 9 year old.

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HerstmonceuxCastle, Manager at Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle, responded to this review

Thank you for your fabulous review and a super one to finish the season with ! We reopen on 4 March 2017 so hopefully you will return and see the spring flowers around the castle .. More 

Southend-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

I am sure they would have been lovely in the spring or summer but we are not gardeners and only really paid the entrance fee to tale look at the fantastic castle. There is only one tour a day for castle and it wasn't at the time we were there.

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HerstmonceuxCastle, Manager at Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle, responded to this review

Thank you for your review. We aim to schedule more than one tour a day and due to the popularity aim to have more for our 2017 season. We will ensure this information is clear on our website and hope you will revisit next year. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

We went only in the grounds as you are aloud to take your dog, the gardens are so good, lots of photo opportunities for the castle and grounds. We even sat outside and had a cream tea in October, lovely cafe that do drinks and food. You pay more to go in the castle. Nice lawns to take your own... More 

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HerstmonceuxCastle, Manager at Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive review Elaine. Hope you find time to visit us again next year when we open on 4 March 2017. More 

West Sussex
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20 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

A lovely location. Arrived early morning and headed to the small cafe. Entry fee was £4.95 each as concessions. The cafe didn't look great from outside however once we entered it was beautiful. The drinks and cakes were well presented and it was a friendly atmosphere. As the castle tour was at 1300 hrs we missed it and had a... More 

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HerstmonceuxCastle, General Manager at Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your great review and particularly for the stunning photos. We hope you will visit again next year More 

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