Explore Gardens & Grounds


Come and enjoy Herstmonceux Castle Gardens & Grounds, set within 300 acres of carefully managed woodland with themed formal gardens to the rear, the 15th century moated castle embodies the history of medieval England and the romance of renaissance Europe.

Starting at the front of the castle, visitors have the perfect opportunity to take some photographs before walking around to Chestnut Tree Walk and heading towards Chestnuts Tea Room and the Visitors Centre where you can refresh yourself, learn a little about the history of the castle and relax before taking a gentle stroll around our formal gardens.

As you head through the themed gardens you will work your way towards the woodland trails where you can enjoy a peaceful stroll and take in the carefully managed flora and fauna of the estate. Discoveries such as Woodhenge, 300 year old Chestnut Trees, the Folly and Secret Garden as well as our Lake and Moat Walk all add to the escapism of everyday life.

At the end of your walk why not enjoy some lunch at Chestnuts Tea Room, our cream teas and cakes are firm favourites.

Partial Accessibility

We strive to make our gardens and grounds as accessible as possible to all visitors. Our main gardens, Visitor Centre, Tea Rooms and parts of the castle tour are all wheelchair accessible. We also have reserved parking closer to the castle gardens, tea rooms and visitor centre, please notify staff at the Ticket Office and they will direct you accordingly. Carers are also admitted free of charge. Should you have any specific concerns or questions please call 01323 833816 and we will happily answer any of your questions.

  Dog Friendly
  Partially Accessible
  Three hundred Acres of managed woodland
  seven formal themed gardens
  experience days