Information about recent developments at Bader College and Herstmonceux Castle - 26th April 2024

We are delighted to announce that the Gardens and Grounds of Herstmonceux Castle will be open to the public on May 1st 2024.

When you visit you will be directed to a different car park on the west side of the castle as the car park to the south of the castle is full of equipment and contractors who are involved in replacement and restoration projects. The south elevation will be encased in scaffolding for 2024. If you visit in early May, you will notice that the gatehouse is already covered in scaffolding and the rest of the south elevation will be completed by late June.

Chestnut’s café will be run by George from Geo’s in Herstmonceux village https://www.geoscoffeehouse.com/, and will open on May 6th 2024.

The Gift Shop will not open this year, as we need to make repairs to the roof and the Visitor Centre will open later in the summer with an exhibition of the repairs and restoration we are undertaking in the next few years.

Any enquiries regarding functions/events please email bc.events@queensu.ca

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Falconry Experience

Half and full day experiences handling and flying owls, hawks, falcons and kites within the grounds of Herstmonceux Castle.

Imagine a barn owl floating over a field and gracefully landing on your hand, or walking through woodland watching a hawk weave through the trees before landing on your hand.

This experience is a real insight into understanding raptors, all set within 300 acres of managed woodland.

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Please Note

As the castle operates as an International Study Centre for Queens’ University in Canada, the castle is not freely open to the public and tours are scheduled (subject to availability) around timetables and other uses including conferences/weddings.

Due to the layout of the castle the tour is not fully accessible to all physical abilities, if you would like further information on whether the tour can be accessed with limited mobility please call us on 01323 833816.

Please note that tour tickets are on a first come, first serve basis.

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