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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.
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Shakespeare Garden

A Loggia leads into the gardens developed by Sir Paul Latham who owned the castle from 1933 - 1946.

Previously a swimming pool it became The Shakespeare Garden when the castle was bought by Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada in 1993.

Reflecting the now academic nature of the castle, all the planting within this garden, except the Ebbinge’s silverberry hedge to the left, are mentioned in the works of Shakespeare.

A wander around the garden will labels providing the quotes and names of the Shakespeare play or sonnet, where mention of the plant can be found.

Funded by the profits from the “Castle Grown” plant stall, this garden was replanted in 2018. As well as enjoying seeing the plants develop over the seasons it is hoped that the garden is a place where Shakespeare’s works are celebrated and his great plant knowledge appreciated.

  • Not accessible via wheelchair
  • Dogs Welcome on Leads
  • Vine Arbor

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