"Historic, poetic, iconic; a refuge dedicated to beauty. Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson fell in love with Sissinghurst Castle and created a world renowned garden" - National Trust
The paragraph above pretty much sums up everything. Sissinghurst Castle offers a beautiful mix of mini gardens that will capture your imagination. The gardens are ever-changing with the seasons and I highly recommend taking your camera to capture their glory.
Can I take a picnic?
There's no picnicking in the formal gardens, but there are lots of picnic benches at the top of the vegetable garden, which is also worth a visit (field size veg patches!). It's not too far away from the take-away cafe near the car park, so you can grab a hot coffee to enjoy with your picnic. There were several people enjoying picnics on the grass opposite the shop, which is located next to the main cafe - bring a rug as the grass is spiky.
Are the toilets open?
Yes they are. If there is a big queue then there is a toilet located near the main cafe. Baby changing is also available, but in the toilets so you might need to join the queue, unless anyone if being kind!
Is it accessible for all?
There are narrow paths, uneven steps and slopes around the garden, so not all places or 'mini gardens' can be reached if using wheels. Pushchairs are not allowed in the gardens, they normally offer baby carriers, but this is suspended at the moment - so don't forget to bring your own!
Open Water Warning!
There are unfenced lakes, moat and ponds around the estate, especially in the gardens.
What's there for kids?
Currently it's all about exploring the gardens and estate walk, but normally there is den building on the way down to the ponds (estate walk and slightly hidden) and activities in the barn near the visitor information barn.
We've got a National Trust membership for the family and it's our 2nd year of having one. I think it's wroth the investment, as we have so many NT properties and gardens in the South East. We've visited three this month and had lovely days out.
Covid Update July 2020:
You must book tickets before arrive at the property otherwise you will be turned away. They are operating a one-way system in parts of the garden and the tower, library, gatehouse exhibition and the south cottage are currently closed. Coffee shop and toilet/baby changing facilities are open.
Address: Biddenden Road, near Cranbrook, Kent, TN17 2AB