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Brief description of site

Sissinghurst Castle gardens are among the most famous 20th-century gardens. The gardens surround the surviving parts of an Elizabethan mansion and are made up of 10 separate and distinct garden 'rooms' each with a different feel and planting scheme. There is also a further 16 hectares of parkland.

Brief history of site

Contemporary records suggest that the site of the gardens at Sissinghurst Castle was occupied by a moated manor house in the late 12th century. The house was largely demolished in the late-18th century. The present gardens were created and the buildings restored in the l930s by Harold Nicholson and Vita Sackville-West.

Location information:

Address: Sissinghurst, TN17 2AB

Locality: Cranbrook

Local Authorities:

Kent; Tunbridge Wells; Cranbrook

Historical County: Kent

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 188 Grid Ref: TQ810380
Latitude: 51.1127 Longitude: 0.584465


The site is 1.5 miles east of Sissinghurst, 3 miles north-east of Cranbrook.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The site is open between March and November, with the exception of Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Key information:

Form of site: compartment

Purpose of site: ornamental garden

Context or principal building: house

Site first created: 1930 to 1939

Main period of development: Mid 20th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 4

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