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Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle

Wartling Road Entrance, Hailsham BN27 1RN, England
+44 1323 833816
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An unexpected jewel

Picked this from a brochure at the hotel. The castle was closed but we really enjoyed walking... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Frankie W
,
Calgary, Canada
Delightful

The entrance is imposing from the beginning. The castle is surrounded by a large moat and does not... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Bbecca M
,
Hastings, England, 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.
  • Excellent51%
  • Very good32%
  • Average9%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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Wartling Road Entrance, Hailsham BN27 1RN, England
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Picked this from a brochure at the hotel. The castle was closed but we really enjoyed walking around the gardens and the woodland walk. The folly garden is a lovely surprise. Had lunch in the cafe which was really tasty. The ploughmans was big enough...More

Thank Frankie W
HerstmonceuxCastle, General Manager at Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you Frankie an what a good description for the castle! Hopefully next time you visit the castle will be open to see in inside. We will past on your comments to the café too in regards to the lunch. Sounds delicious!

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The entrance is imposing from the beginning. The castle is surrounded by a large moat and does not disappoint! Many large fish reside in it which pleased my partner who is a keen fisherman on occasions. We explored the grounds and saw some wonderfully creative...More

Thank Bbecca M
HerstmonceuxCastle, General Manager at Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Many thanks for this wonderful review. You have captured many of the wonderful elements of a visit to the castle. With 300 acres it is easy to 'lose yourself' in the grounds even on busy days. We hope you will visit us again.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Found this place by chance and it did not disappoint. Really easy to get no worries about your vehicle if you are driving, there is ample parking available. The castle looks magnificent and the gardens are beautiful. The grounds are really nicely looked after and...More

Thank Carn W
HerstmonceuxCastle, General Manager at Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thank you for this 5 star review and we are glad that you enjoyed your visit to the Castle. Having gluten free sandwiches put the icing on the ( not gluten ) cake too it would seem! We look forward to seeing you on your...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A beautiful moated castle with a chequered history. Constructed from 1441 by Sir Roger Fiennes, who needed a house reflecting the importance of his position as Treasurer of the Household of Henry VI, the castle had fallen into disrepair in the 18th century and the...More

Thank Ian C
HerstmonceuxCastle, General Manager at Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

What a wonderful review. Thank you Ian. Hopefully next time you visit you will be able to take a castle tour and see the parts of the interior of the castle.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As you ride down the road to Herstmonceus you get a wonderful view of the moated castle. The ground are wonderful and the ancient trees are outstanding. At the visitors center you learn about the history of the castle and right as you come in...More

Thank cdixon24
HerstmonceuxCastle, Julie Ryan Enterprise Director at Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your wonderful review. We are so pleased that our visitors enjoy their visit to the Castle and take the opportunity to take a tour.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to visit the castle. Unfortunately it was closed due to a wedding. So we could only visit the gardens and grounds. They a bit of a surprise to us. Especially the ancient chestnut tress were astonishing. As a whole it was certainly worth...More

Thank Mark V
HerstmonceuxCastle, Julie Ryan at Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We are so pleased that you enjoyed your visit Mark. We do post on our website when the castle is open for tours and we schedule these around other uses such as for our students who study in the castle and private functions such as...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Castle is reached down a road that goes past the Old Royal Observatory...it is a wonderful building with a partial moat and bridge across. The inside of the Castle is superb (much of it is used as a University, but you can still get...More

Thank batespaul01
HerstmonceuxCastle, Julie Ryan Enterprise Director at Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

This is a super review and captures the feel for the Castle and grounds. Thank you and we hope you return to visit.

Reviewed 22 May 2017 via mobile

Herstmonceux Castle is stunning and has a neat Canadian connection (note the flag above the castle). In 1993 the Castle was purchased by Drs. Alfred and Isabel Bader and donated to Queen’s University in Kingston, Canada, with the intent to establish it as a centre...More

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HerstmonceuxCastle, Julie Ryan Enterprise Director at Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you for your 5 star review and noting the Canadian connection ! Bader International Study Centre (BISC) is based at the Castle and the students use many of the areas for studying and as a base for venturing more widely to other parts of...More

Reviewed 13 May 2017

We visited this Castle grounds and gardens recently while on holiday. We did not take the castle tour as these are generally boring and require standing around for too long, we prefer to wander freely. However we took a picnic and visited the gardens and...More

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HerstmonceuxCastle, Julie Ryan Enterprise Manager at Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 20 May 2017

Thank you so much for this marvellous review Gavin. We agree and think that the castle and surrounds are beautiful and we are really pleased that you have some lovely memories of your visit to us.

Reviewed 10 May 2017 via mobile

Stunning castle we spent the afternoon here and was nice and sunny so we really enjoyed walking around the gardens with all the beautiful flowers. It was a shame that we couldn't actually go inside the castle as it was not open to visitors. There...More

Thank viva1989
HerstmonceuxCastle, Julie Ryan Enterprise Manager at Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 20 May 2017

Thank you for your review and we are so pleased you enjoyed your visit to us and the Science Centre. The Castle is open to visitors for daily tours ( subject to availability) which are a small extra charge but really worthwhile.

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