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, 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.

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Apothecary Garden

A collection of herbs for medicinal and culinary use

The term “apothecary”, derived from the Latin word apotheca, means “storehouse”. Apothecaries were originally grocers selling herbs, spices and wine as well as preparing and selling medicines to both doctors and patients.

All the plants found in this garden are either of medicinal or culinary use. The diversity of the herbs planted in the Apothecary Garden provides both a variety of colour and foliage, with the use of raised beds allowing the plants’ scent to be more easily appreciated.

A stroll down the central Bay tree lined path and amongst the bordering planters could be enlightening. How did Indian tiger grass get its name and what is it used for? How is the fragrant lemon verbena plant used in cooking? The answers to these questions, along with other herbal remedies, can be discovered on the plant labels whilst wandering through the garden.

  • Dogs Welcome on Leads
  • Herbs and Medicinal Plants

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