The Friends

The Friends of Herstmonceux Castle is an association of those with an interest in fostering links between the Castle, the students of the Bader International Study Centre and the wider Community.

Originating from a time when the grounds were under threat from commercial redevelopment, the Friends quickly evolved to support the transition to BISC of Queens University, Ontario and to be a link between the local community and the students, all of whom were a long way from home and most unaccustomed to the life and environment of East Sussex.

Today many students join in local activity and are invited to local homes for an afternoon tea, whilst the Friends of the Castle benefit from invitations to student and castle events.

Annual Membership is £10 per adult. Membership plus a season ticket to the Gardens & Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle is £20.

Keep up to date

If you would like to keep abreast of life and events at Herstmonceux Castle, receive our newsletter, information on special offers and invitations available to ‘the friends’ please email

  Seven formal themed gardens
  three hundred acres of managed woodland
  private hire and conferences
  Wedding Venue
  tea rooms
  visitor centre
  castle tours
  special events