Information regarding recent developments at Bader College and Herstmonceux Castle. (20/11/2023)

Recently, we have learned about a number of structural issues at the Castle requiring immediate attention, including repairs needed to the south wall of the building. A structural engineer visited the Castle two weeks ago and confirmed that the situation is more serious than previously understood.
As a result, portions of the Castle have closed to ensure the health and safety of students, staff, and faculty, and out of an abundance of caution, all operations at the Castle have been suspended. Academic programming at Bader College has moved online until the end of the fall term, and students will continue their studies in January at the Kingston, Ontario, campus of Queen’s University in Canada. Bader College staff and professionals from Queen’s University are working very hard to ensure a smooth transition for all involved.
Bader College continues to assess the situation and the full extent of the work needed, but it is clear at this point that repairs to the Castle will take at least 12-18 months. Additionally, a complete survey of other areas of the Castle will be undertaken in late January/early February.
We realise this may be distressing news for many within the local community, and those with close ties to Bader College and the Castle. As much as possible, we will keep you informed about ongoing developments at the Castle.

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Friends of the Herstmonceux Castle Estate

This is more than a Season Ticket!

In addition to daily access to the Estate, membership includes many additional benefits, including but not limited to:

  • one complimentary day ticket to gift to a friend
  • invitations to several exclusive, free, members only events throughout the year, including a free castle tour, a free garden tour and some special out-of-season events
  • automatic enrolment to our email distribution list; to receive updates, quarterly members’ newsletters and details of various community fundraising initiatives throughout the year
  • access to our dedicated and exclusive Friends of Herstmonceux Castle Estate Facebook group
  • a loyalty card for Chestnuts Tea Room
  • advance notice on Castle Arts and plant sales
  • 50% off tours and tastings at Henners Vineyard in Herstmonceux
  • and more!

Our 2023 season runs Saturday 18th February to Sunday 5th November 2023. Opening Times: For the months of February, March, October and November, we open 10am – 5pm, with last admission at 3pm. From April to September, we open 10am – 7pm, with last admission at 5pm.

Annual Membership Rates for 2023

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Ticket Type
 Standard Price
 Concession Price**
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Individual Adult (Local Resident)* £35 £30
Individual Adult £55 £50
Couple (Local Residents)* £50 £45
Couple £65 £60
Child (4-17 years and Local Resident)* £5 NA
Child (4-17 years) £15 NA
Family Ticket (2 adults + 3 children) £80 NA


* Local Residents are defined as residents of Herstmonceux, Windmill Hill, Wartling, Boreham Street, Flowers Green, Magham Down, Bodle Street, Cowbeech, Stunts Green, Ginger’s Green and Carters Corner.

** Concessions are applicable for senior citizens (aged 65+), disabled badge owners, and students.  (All children under 4 years of age are admitted free of charge).

Please also note:

Your Pass will be valid between 18th February – 5th November 2023 and will not automatically grant access to all special events. Your pass should be shown to our Ticket Office, or Campus Patrol staff upon request.

Passes will be made available for collection from our Ticket Office from Saturday 18th February.

All enquiries: Telephone (01323) 834457

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