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Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle

Wartling Road Entrance, Hailsham BN27 1RN, England
+44 1323 833816
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A lovely day out.

Having read the previous review we thought oh no,but having visited today ourselves we think the... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Anne P
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Brighton
Day from hell

I visited the castle with the intention of having a lovely day out with my children. Firstly I had... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
judithpalmer221
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Bristol, 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 2 days ago

Having read the previous review we thought oh no,but having visited today ourselves we think the previous person obviously does not get out very often in her brand new Mercedes!! We visit National Trust properties often and this is on par with them . Our...More

2  Thank Anne P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I visited the castle with the intention of having a lovely day out with my children. Firstly I had to park my brand new Mercedes on the grass where then my child ran out into the road and was nearly hit by what looked like...More

3  Thank judithpalmer221
Reviewed 1 week ago

Only one grumble, which was that having parked up near the entrance office and discussed the admission with the lady on duty, we were told that there was no option of visiting inside the castle as it was a working building, which was fine -...More

Thank Jackie B
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Nearly half the tattoo was a good band playing the other side of what is likely normally a car park. We were sat only the third row back with good hearing and it was a sunny evening to start. The band was so quiet the...More

Thank 181Heather75
Reviewed 1 week ago

What a lovely way to spend a afternoon.The flowers were magnificent,there is plenty of seating,some in the shade on very hot days.The cafe has a nice selection of sandwiches and cakes.I can recommend the scones and cream.

Thank William T
HerstmonceuxCastle, General Manager at Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for this review and five star rating. We also recommend the scones !

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We spent a pleasant, warm afternoon strolling through the lovely gardens here with the magnificent castle as a backdrop.

Thank Rich52
HerstmonceuxCastle, General Manager at Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for the positive review.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had seen a leaflet on this castle and loved the look of it with the moat around so went on Sunday. We took the tour of the castle which is worth doing as the guide is a mine of information. The surrounding gardens are...More

Thank Regine D
HerstmonceuxCastle, General Manager at Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for the lovely review and we look forward to welcoming you and your husband to the castle next time you visit.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had seen a picture of the castle and thought it would be a great place to visit, and indeed it was. Didn't get off to the best of starts as we arrived a few minutes before the venue opened, we waited just in front of...More

Thank PipR57
HerstmonceuxCastle, General Manager at Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you for your constructive review and we apologise for the unfortunate beginning to your visit. We have followed this up with our front line staff. We are so pleased you enjoyed the rest of your visit.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Set in acres of lovely countryside and cottage gardens, this is an ideal place to walk round, eat a picnic and take in the beautiful East Sussex countryside. Parking is reasonably priced and there is the added bonus of the castel, although I have not...More

Thank Russ S
Reviewed 4 weeks 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 3 weeks ago

Thank you Frankie and what a great description for the castle - An unexpected jewel ! Hopefully next time you visit, the castle will be open to see inside. We will pass on your comments to the café too in regards to the lunch. Sounds...More

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