Please Note

After careful consideration the gardens and grounds at Herstmonceux Castle is closed until further notice.
Our priority is the health and wellbeing of people on-site and the wider community. By remaining closed we feel we are following government guidelines and safety for all.
Throughout this difficult time we will continue with our projects on-site including new play area and we will be undertaking virtual tours of the gardens and castle to share.
We will keep updating our website and social media pages which are linked just below this message, on the right hand side.
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Thank you for your understanding and please find NHS guidelines on Coronavirus below.

Magic Garden


An enchanting, natural place

Walking through the willow arch at the entrance to the Magic Garden is a journey into a natural, peaceful haven and a cool, shady refuge on even the hottest day.

This is a garden where nature is in charge and gardeners have minimal intervention. Foxgloves are abundant in the spring and the Japanese maple trees provide a riot of stunning colour in the autumn.

It is said the castle’s magical folk live in this garden. Being shy, they are usually hiding and don’t like being disturbed. The giant mushrooms are an ideal spot to sit and watch for these magical creatures, who can sometimes be seen amongst the ferns, stumps and logs of this enchanting garden.

  • Not accessible via wheelchair
  • Dogs Welcome on Leads
  • Japanese Acer
  • Stumpery

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Take a look at some of our other gardens before you visit and smell the flowers and see the views for yourself.

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Events run throughout the year for the whole family.


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Exclusive experiences to enjoy only at Herstmonceux Castle.


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