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Sissinghurst Castle is steeped in history. The Tudor buildings were used simultaneously as a prison and a private family residence in the 18th century. Later in the 19th century, Sissinghurst became a poor house with approximately 100 men living and working there before it was given back to the Cornwallis family. In 1930, the house was sold to Vita Sackville-West and Harold Nicolson who resided there until Vita died in 1962 when Harold gave the property to the National Trust.
To restore Sissinghurst, the gardens were designed and laid out as a series of themed ‘outdoor rooms’. One of the most distinctive architectural elements of Sissinghurst is the tower, a four-storey red-brick Elizabethan tower that has capped octagonal turrets. This is where Sackville-West kept her study and wrote her book!
If you love history and want a glimpse into the past, the Long Library at Sissinghurst will be perfect to go to on your next visit. There is a rich and varied history at Sissinghurst, evidenced by the remaining buildings, which provide a glimpse into this estate's past. Or if you're happy to go slightly further afield, a visit to Smallhythe Place makes for a fascinating day of discovery!
Families can enjoy the Dragonfly Trail at Sissinghurst Castle Gardens, make sure to pick up a map from the reception to begin your journey. On this trail, you can explore the woodlands, vegetable gardens, gardens, and lakes. There are lots of fun activities for you to try along the way as well as finding out about the vital conservation work which helps protect our estate. Pick a map up from visitor reception when you arrive to begin your adventure.
After, enjoy afternoon tea in the Granary Restaurant, where you can soak up the history, the gardens and relax, enjoying the beautiful surroundings.
Don’t miss out on the nature bingo that Sissinghurst offers, the fantastic bird spotting and make use of the estate maps in visitor reception. Be sure to bring some colouring pencils and crayons, too, to make the most out of the trails in a creative way.
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The National Trust for Places of Historic Interest is a renowned charity and membership organisation in England, Northern Ireland and Wales that offers natural preservation for the most beloved heritage locations in the UK, including houses, buildings, coastlines, gardens and parks. With over 500 sites and attractions under their conservation and an ever-increasing 5.6 million members, the Trust is one of the largest wilderness and heritage protectors in the world and is now celebrating its 125th anniversary year since being founded in 1895.
With a National Trust membership, easily joinable via their website with family and lifetime options, you can enjoy free entry to all of their gardens, parklands and National Trust properties including the Giant’s Causeway in Antrim, Cliveden House in Buckinghamshire, Knole in Kent and hundreds more. Partly owned by H.R.H the Prince of Wales, the National Trust aims to protect, preserve and develop the most treasured locations and outstanding areas of nature in the UK so that they can be enjoyed by visitors from across the world.
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