A sixteenth century tower, and other buildings, with the most famous twentieth century garden in England. Sissinghurst garden is a prime example of the Arts and Crafts style. The garden was made on the site of a medieval manor and some structures survive. Harold Nicolson, a diplomat and author, laid down the main lines of the Sissinghurst design in the 1930s. Vita Sackville-West, a poet, a garden writer and Harold's wife, took responsibility for the planting at Sissinghurst garden. She worked as an 'artist-gardener'. Her planting design was brilliant. The historical importance of Sissinghurst Castle Garden comes from its role in transmitting Gertrude Jekyll's design philosophy to a host of visitors. The most famous and influential feature of Sissinghurst is the White Garden. It exemplified and popularised Jekyll's idea of using colour themes in planting design.
Sissinghurst, Cranbrook, Kent, England, TN17 2AB
Mid March to early November. Friday to Tuesday.
over 3 years by Carey Pickard, Macon, GA USA 5 / 5We were so inspired by our visit that we are in the process of creating a rondel in our own garden!
almost 4 years by Dave 4 / 5As usual the jewel in the N Trusts crown was Perfect and Manicured.
over 4 years by Anonymous 4 / 5My wife & I greatly enjoyed our visit to your garden, but may I suggest something? It would be excellent if ALL the plants were display labelled, and if a catalogue which describes them were available for purchase.
over 4 years by Linda 4 / 5The gardens are stunning. The castle is also nice with a lot of history - http://www.everycastle.com/Sissinghurst-Castle.html - but only one room could be visited when we were there.
over 5 years by Sean Will 5 / 5quite simply - one of the best gardens in Kent!!
almost 6 years by Lorraine G 5 / 5Stunning. The gardens are looking spectacular with wonderful colours and structure at every turn. World class. Well done to the National Trust team for looking after Sissinghurst so well.
almost 6 years by Family C 4 / 5Visited today (18th July 2010) on a glorious sunny summer's day. Car parking is well maintained and there was a friendly greeting. As we're National Trust members there was no parking fee, or entry fee.
almost 6 years by Pete 4 / 5I am puzzled at Linden's review as reentry was rather easy. the Â£2 car park is to stop people who just walk the estate and contribute nothing to the upkeep - not sure if non members get it deducted from their entry costs.
almost 7 years by Linden 1 / 5We felt totally ripped off by this place. We had to pay Â£2 to park, but there was nowhere you'd be visiting nearby, so obviously drivers are visiting Sissinghurst. Once you have entered the gardens, you can't exit and go back in. So if you want a drink, something to eat or the toilet, it seems you can't re-enter the garden again and all these facilities are outside. The gardens themselves were looking rather moth-eaten. Little dead-heading had been done and hostas were more hole than leaf (why grow them if slugs are such a problem here. Large patches of bare earth were on frequent disply - haven't they heard of underplanting? Hardly any of the house is open to the public (just one room it seemed) so we paid around Â£20 to walk round a garden that's not well-maintained. I see a better garden every day when I look out of my bedroom window! I appreciate we may not have visited when the garden is looking its best, but they won't get my money a second time.
almost 7 years by Anonymous 1 / 5can be very crowded with such narrow paths and for the number of gardens should be better maintained. Planting a bit sparse in summer and trip hazzards the less said the better.
about 8 years by Adam Hodge 5 / 5Beautifully maintained. I liked the more spacious areas more than the rather intense gardens around the tower, although the variety of plants is wonderful.
over 8 years by Elizabeth White 5 / 5Wonderful garden with inspirational plant combinations. I've been at several times of year. I like it best in autumn when the annual bedding is still in flower. The leaves are starting to turn and the Euonymus europaeus Red Cascade is displaying showy red fruit. The orchard also looks lovely in Spring when the blossom is out.
over 8 years by Sybil K 5 / 5Sissinghurst is one of the world's great gardens. Its just a pity that so many other people know how good it is!
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