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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Sundial & Rose Garden

Set within the original walled garden of the castle, the imposing central sundial is a striking feature of this garden.

This and the six other sundials found in the garden are a reminder that the castle was home to The Royal Greenwich Observatory from 1946-89.

The bust of Sir John Flamsteed, the first Astronomer Royal and founder of The Royal Greenwich Observatory, stands in front of the large, central sundial.

Largely planted with David Austin modern “English” roses, within the beds can be found varieties of hybrid tea and floribunda shrub roses. Growing in frames and against three of the walls are climbing roses.

The large, sprawling plant growing against the east wall is a Trumpet Vine, a stunning sight around August with masses of bright red trumpet shaped flowers. On this side of the garden there is a Black Mulberry tree believed to be about 150 years old. A younger White Mulberry tree grows on the opposite side of the garden together with a Medlar tree.

  • 7 Sundials
  • Partially Accessible via Wheelchair
  • Dogs Welcome on Leads

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