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Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle

Wartling Road Entrance, Hailsham BN27 1RN, England
+44 1323 833816
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Events worth every penny

Visited with family for the Halloween event. Amazing time, attention to detail and lots to do. My... read more

Reviewed 3 November 2017
Stephanie C
lovely castle

visited the castle as they had a hallowene themed day so took the kids for a family day out went... read more

Reviewed 30 October 2017
Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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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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  • Very good31%
  • Average9%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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Wartling Road Entrance, Hailsham BN27 1RN, England
+44 1323 833816
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Reviewed 3 November 2017

Visited with family for the Halloween event. Amazing time, attention to detail and lots to do. My kids loved the decaying corpse game best but the witch doing the cookie decorating was nice too. Went on a tour and got a bit lost as we...More

Thank Stephanie C
Reviewed 30 October 2017

visited the castle as they had a hallowene themed day so took the kids for a family day out went round the castle and grounds very old castle built in the 1400s lots of history had a nice day

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Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

Stayed at a b&b close by and the castle tour was recommended. We are so glad we followed up on this advice. Entry to the castle grounds was cheap enough and the tour was an extra nominal fee for what was an excellent 90minutes spent...More

Thank Yvette B
Reviewed 22 October 2017

enjoyed a couple of hours wandering around the castle gardens and woodlands. The gardens are themed. we enjoyed the Shakespeare garden and the sculpture trail was also a bonus. The nature trails were excellent, through different woods. We loved the folly and the fact you...More

Thank BargeeGirl
Reviewed 20 October 2017

Castle perhaps the oldest brick built structure in Britain since Roman times, 100 years before look alike Hampton Court. Gardens are extensive, in series of walled "rooms" on a theme, with tree walks and pleasant setting.

Thank roger h
Reviewed 12 October 2017

I visited the castle for 2 days early October. It has a lot of history. The castle is being used by The Queen's University, Kingston, Canada as their international student campus. The gardens around the castle are beautiful and the castle is situated on a...More

Thank Darryl D
HerstmonceuxCastle, Front Office Manager at Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 19 October 2017

Thanks Darryl for this review. We have asked Brian, the tour guide to ensure the group is together so that you can all hear him. We apologise and hope it didn't spoil your visit too much.

Reviewed 11 October 2017

We went here in mid-October when it was quiet. Although the gardens were not at their best, we did enjoy our time there and the sweet chestnut trees were dropping their fruit and we had much fun collecting them! The castle with its moat look...More

Thank David S
Reviewed 8 October 2017

There is only one viewing a day, and because we did not pay the extra £2.50 at the gate we were not told that only 25 people are invited to take the tour - only way of entry. Turned up 1/2 hour before tour to...More

Thank Graham U
Reviewed 2 October 2017 via mobile

Absolutely enjoyed every moment walking around exploring these beautiful gardens and grounds of this magnificent 15th Century castle! Beautiful gardens at every turn, grand old trees and landscaped different gardens including a gorgeous butterfly garden. There is a lot to see and we walked around...More

Thank 305taniad
Reviewed 22 September 2017

Visited this castle and was glad I took the guided tour of the castle it was very informative and well presented, make sure you book early as there are limited spaces. The gardens were pleasant to walk round and some interesting plants and shrubs. Overall...More

Thank Richard W
HerstmonceuxCastle, General Manager at Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 19 October 2017

Thank you Richard for the is fantastic and helpful review. We hope you visit us again and enjoy the gardens at a different time of year.

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Graham P
7 November 2017|
Response from HerstmonceuxCastle | Property representative |
Castle Arts is a group of local artists who were invited by Herstmonceux Castle management to open a gallery in the old Souvenir Shop which had been closed for a couple of years. It is manned on a rota system by the artists... More