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Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle

Wartling Road Entrance, Hailsham BN27 1RN, England
+44 1323 833816
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So much to see

What a wonderful day out, excellent value for money. Super for any age. Four of us aged 38 to 86... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Monique P
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Bexhill-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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Only the English can craft gardens like these

We would have gone round the house but a school party had got in first for the timed tour that we... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
beardedchemist
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Randwick, Australia
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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 good30%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
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Wartling Road Entrance, Hailsham BN27 1RN, England
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"medieval festival"
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"august bank holiday"
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"formal gardens"
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"lovely grounds"
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"tea room"
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"guided tour"
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"science park"
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"extensive grounds"
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"shakespeare garden"
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"woodland walk"
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"lovely surprise"
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"well worth a visit"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

What a wonderful day out, excellent value for money. Super for any age. Four of us aged 38 to 86 all enjoyed wonderful gardens and interactive scientific games. Would definitely go again

Thank Monique P
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We would have gone round the house but a school party had got in first for the timed tour that we wanted. So first moral is to book in advance if you really want to go round the house. We were not devastated, as the...More

Thank beardedchemist
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a delightful castle with a moat - very photogenic. It is a functioning part of a Canadian university, so you need to check tour times if you want to see inside. It is one of the oldest brick buildings in the country from...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Brilliant place to visit. Take the guided tour. Bryan the tour guide was very informative. 10/10. A lovely collection of gardens, very well kept, beautiful plants & flowers. Interesting and varied, eg. woodland, gardens, sculptures. We particularly liked the Herb Garden & Magic Garden! A...More

Thank Neil F
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Herstmonceux Castle is a campus of a Canadian University, as such it is not open to the public except when there is an official guided tour. These do not take place every day. I suspect that they are mainly at weekends. If you are wishing...More

Thank Rikblak
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julieannryan, General Manager at Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your helpful review. We are so pleased you enjoyed the guided castle tour and hope you will return to see us another time.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was a very disappointing visit. We paid £6.50 to see the grounds and gardens. There were no internal tours that day so we could bot see the inside which has been taken over by a branch of a canadian university so the whole place...More

Thank Maureen H
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My partner and I had a few hours spare and decided to take a trip to the castle, unfortunately as we had to get back at a certain time our timings were off so we weren't able to visit the castle for the guided tour...More

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julieannryan, General Manager at Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

What a super and helpful review! Thank you for taking the time to write about your visit to us.. We ensure that members of staff see all the reviews we get and this one will be no exception ! We hope you return and enjoy...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A lovely collection of gardens, very well kept, beautiful plants & flowers. Interesting and varied, eg. woodland, gardens, sculptures. We particularly liked the Herb Garden & Magic Garden! A fantastic place to visit. Would recommend! Note: * We had planned to go on a castle...More

Thank 07chloechapman
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julieannryan, General Manager at Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for this fantastic review. The tours are becoming more popular so we recommend getting there as early as you can to book. We are considering other ways we can improve this service so that visitors are not disappointed.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We've been making an annual spring visit to the castle for some years now. The lovely gardens undergo constant improvement. One of the nicest features of a visit is that there never seems to be a crowd. If you like a relaxed atmosphere here is...More

Thank CDNeh
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julieannryan, General Manager at Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

This is a super review. Thank you so much for taking the time to write it and we hope you return to the castle soon.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The grounds to this castle are beauty and dog friendly. Entrance is very reasonable and the history is fascinating. Brian was very knowledgable and amusing.

Thank Rebecca B
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julieannryan, General Manager at Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for this 5 star review Rebecca. We will pass on your comments to the tour guide.

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Richwad
10 March 2018|
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Response from TonyEBetts | Reviewed this property |
Main gardens would be fine so long as you can park down by the castle, if has a long slopes down and not sure where they put cars
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Graham P
8 November 2017|
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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
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