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Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle

Wartling Road Entrance, Hailsham BN27 1RN, England
+44 1323 833816
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Beautiful Castle

A lovely castle with a beautiful garden. The tour was wonderful, I learnt a lot about the history... read more

Reviewed yesterday
chrislau01
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Seaford, United Kingdom
CASTLE ON MY DOORSTEP

I have lived just a few miles away from this castle for over 30 years but have never visited this... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
edward r
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Eastbourne, 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 good30%
  • Average9%
  • 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"
in 5 reviews
"lovely grounds"
in 12 reviews
"study centre"
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"formal gardens"
in 11 reviews
"science park"
in 5 reviews
"tea room"
in 16 reviews
"extensive grounds"
in 7 reviews
"guided tour"
in 11 reviews
"check times"
in 3 reviews
"woodland walk"
in 5 reviews
"lovely surprise"
in 4 reviews
"old trees"
in 4 reviews
"royal observatory"
in 4 reviews
"re enactments"
in 4 reviews
"nature trail"
in 5 reviews
"well worth a visit"
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Reviewed yesterday

A lovely castle with a beautiful garden. The tour was wonderful, I learnt a lot about the history of the castle. It is worth to take the tour as you can see more inside the castle, even though the outside is impressive enough to take...More

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Reviewed 6 days ago

I have lived just a few miles away from this castle for over 30 years but have never visited this fabulous castle. Went on a guided tour which lasts for about an hour and it has so much history and still has a lot of...More

Thank edward r
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julieannryan, General Manager at Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you for this great review Edward ! We hope you get the chance to visit us again in the summer.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Excellent attraction - large car parking - great atmosphere, don't forget your camera as the castle is particularly photogenic - inside and out!

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julieannryan, General Manager at Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for the 5 star review. The castle, gardens and grounds all lend themselves around the seasons to great photos. We hope you will return. maybe to one of our events later in the year.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Herstmonceux, a place often passed through, but a trip up a country lane and we found the Castle and the Observatory which we had known of but always passed by. What a mistake that was . The day was idyllic for walking around the beautiful...More

Thank Frank J
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julieannryan, General Manager at Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Many thanks Frank for your positive and helpful review. We are pleased that you bought a joint ticket and went on a tour. The gardens are beginning to look more colourful in the past few days with the warmer weather.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited the Castle yesterday and today and had the great pleasure to meet Kirsty at the entrance kiosk who was the most helpful and accommodating lady one could meet, she went way beyond her job by giving castle information, directions and was happy to...More

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julieannryan, General Manager at Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you for this great review! We have passed on your comments to Kirsty and hope, as you mention, that you will return in the summer. The gardens are beginning to look great already with the warmer weather.

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Reviewed 16 March 2018

This will be an excellent place to revisit in the summer. With all the bad weather we've had of late, it probably wasn't the wisest of moves to come today. But, hey :) beautifully kept grounds - the mud wasn't their fault. Will be back...More

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

Many thanks for your helpful review. The weather hasn't helped any outside attraction so far this year and we are all hoping for a drier and sunnier spring/summer season soon ! We are so pleased that all staff were helpful and pleasant to deal with...More

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Reviewed 15 March 2018 via mobile

We went here for Mother’s Day lunch, mums were given a gift as we arrived. The meal was a carvery, my sister who is vegetarian was given an alternative, we had 3 courses and they were all delicious. What makes this so special is where...More

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

What a super review Elaine! We are so pleased that you enjoyed your special lunch with us. We are going to repeat the experience with a Father's Day lunch in June. We hope you come back again to see the gardens and grounds or even...More

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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
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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 29 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

2  Thank Yvette B
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Richwad
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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
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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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