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.

Any enquiries regarding functions/events please email

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Shady Garden

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

The elegant spring colour and fragrance of the shrubs give way to the dappled shade of the trees in summer in this secluded garden.

The collection of azaleas, rhododendrons and camellias found here in the Shady Garden afford it with elegant spring colour and fragrance. The vibrancy of this spring colour gives way to the dappled shade of the trees during the summer, giving this garden its name.

The large False acacia tree (Robinia pseudoacaccia) provides most of the shade in the garden, ensuring it is cool refuge on a hot day. Positioned to the right of the False acacia tree can be found a weeping Copper beech tree, believed to be Fagus sylvatica “Purple Fountain”. The leaves on its pendulous branches emerge purplish red in the spring turning a tinge of green then a golden bronze in the autumn.

Recent re-development in the garden has allowed replanting of the border opposite the False acacia tree. New planting of paniculate and oak-leaved Hydrangeas (Hydrangea paniculata and H.quercifolia), together with Mock oranges (Philadelpus “Snowbelle”) and a Smoke bush (Cotinus coggygria “Royal Purple”) will provide interest through the summer and autumn. This combined with the evergreen planting and secluded position of this garden ensures a place of interest and calm throughout the year.

  • Not accessible via wheelchair
  • Dogs welcome on leads
  • Azaleas, rhododendrons and camellias

Explore the Gardens & Grounds

Take a look at some of our other gardens before you visit and smell the flowers and see the views for yourself.

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Events run throughout the year for the whole family.

From outdoor theatre and indoor musicals, to garden parties and family fun, we have an event to suit everyone.

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Exclusive experiences to enjoy only at Herstmonceux Castle.

Add to your special day by pre booking a falconry experiences or a professional photographer to mark the occasion.

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