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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Opening Times & Prices

We are now closed for the winter season

Please note that we only accept card payments at the ticket office.

Day Tickets

PLEASE NOTE: Tickets can only be purchased on-site via card only.



Children 4-17 yrs


Children Under 4 / Carers


Senior Citizens (65+) / Disabled/ Students


Book Tickets

Season Tickets

Visit the gardens and grounds regularly throughout the season. Visit more than 4 times to save money based on our standard entry prices.

* Local Resident

£35.00 or £30.00

* ** Local Resident - Couple

£50.00 or £45.00

* Child Local Resident




** Individual - concession




** Couple - concession




Children (4–17 years)


Book Season Tickets

Groups of 15+

Herstmonceux Castle is an ideal destination for groups and coach trips. Groups can enjoy a peaceful stroll around the formal gardens, or a more adventurous walk around 300 acres of managed woodland.



Children 4-17 yrs


Children Under 4 / Carers




Further information

Please Note:

* 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 for senior citizens (65+), disabled and students (children under 4 admitted free)

There is currently no public access to the castle interior as we prepare for the return of students to the campus in September. However, we will continue to keep the gatehouse open, allowing visitors to enjoy views of the castle from the inner courtyard as they make their way to the gardens beyond.

Dogs are welcome in the gardens and grounds. Please keep on a lead. Dog waste bins are provided within the grounds.

The main gardens are all wheelchair accessible with reserved parking nearby which is also close to our disabled toilet facility. Ramp access into the courtyard, visitor centre and tea rooms. Please notify staff at the ticket office who can direct and advise you accordingly. We have 2 manual wheelchairs available on a first come first served basis. They can be requested on arrival or reserved prior to your visit by calling 01323 833816.
Carers are admitted free of charge

Chestnuts tea room and family fun at the castle

Make the most of your day with lunch at Chestnuts Tea Room and check out our family fun page to make the most of your visit with younger ones.

Chestnuts Tea Room

Serving a delicious range of pastries, hot and cold light lunches, sandwiches, and treats for the whole family.

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