Photo: Allan Harris

The former home to literary couple Harold Nicholson and Vita Sackville-West, Sissinghurst Castle is now made up of extensive gardens and grounds surrounding the remains of the Elizabethan mansion.

Though most of the house is closed, you can explore the library, which houses thousands of books collected by Harold and Vita during their 70 years together. You can even see their own writings in many of the books!

Fans of Vita’s work will enjoy inspecting her workroom in the Tudor tower. Filled with artefacts from her travels abroad, the study also provides an insight into her marriage with Harold and her passionate affairs, as revealed by the picture of Virginia Woolf by her writing desk.

Sissinghurst is most famous for its 20th century garden. It is made up of a series of distinctive open-air “rooms” that have their own individual style. Packed full of interesting and colourful plants, you can wander through the rooms and “doors” on your own voyage of discovery. The garden was planned so that you are constantly finding new rooms and gardens.

Stop and sniff in the herb garden or surround yourself in the leafy nuttery. Perfect to visit all year around, you can explore all of Sissinghurst’s grounds with your four-legged friends in the ancient woodlands. Stop for a dip in the cool waters of the Hammer Brook or admire the distinctive tower of Sissinghurst as it rises through the trees.


Biddenden Road, near Cranbrook, Sissinghurst, TN17 2AB
Tel: 01580 710700
Times: See attraction for specific details.