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.

Upcoming Events
Featured Events

Discover our beautiful gardens no matter the season.

300 acres of carefully managed woodland with beautiful themed and formal gardens.

From formal gardens to the rear of Herstmonceux Castle, to wild meadows and carefully managed woodland that changes throughout the seasons.

Elizabethan Garden

The largest and most prestigious of the Gardens

View Garden

Sundial & Rose Garden

An imposing central sundial amidst a multitude of roses

View Garden

Shakespeare Garden

A garden evoking the works of William Shakespeare

View Garden

Lower Garden

Welcome to the Lower Garden

View Garden

Apothecary Garden

A collection of herbs for medicinal and culinary use

View Garden

Shady Garden

A place of spring colour and cool refuge on a hot day

View Garden

Magic Garden

An enchanting, natural place

View Garden

Long Border

Long Border

View Garden

Wild Flower Meadow

A diverse Floral meadow

View Garden

Folly & Garden

Found along the Woodland Walk or over Temple Field

View Garden


Ancient Bluebell woodland set within a Historic Parkland

View Garden

Events and experiences for every member of the family

Book yourself an experience while visiting Herstmonceux Castle or come along to one of our many indoor or outdoor events held throughout the year.

Events run throughout the year for the whole family.

View Events

Exclusive experiences to enjoy only at Herstmonceux Castle.

View Experiences

Sign up to receive our seasonal newsletter giving you advance notice of events and what to expect in the gardens in the coming months.