Gardens and Open Spaces, Historical Sites
All ages, Schools and Groups
(based on family of 4)
Have a wonderful family day out and visit two great attractions in one stunning location! Surrounded by beautiful countryside, the 300-acre Herstmonceux Castle Estate was once home to the world famous Royal Greenwich Observatory.
The moated 15th Century Herstmonceux Castle, the oldest brick building of note still standing in England, together with its tranquil, themed and formal gardens, never fails to impress. In addition, there are woodland walks and nature trails to explore, plus castle tours, which are subject to availability.
Just a short distance from the castle is the Observatory Science Centre with its distinctive green copper domes that still house some of the largest telescopes in the country.
The Observatory was relocated from London to the clearer skies of Sussex in the 1940s and 1950s. The legacy of that time is a fascinating visitor experience that combines science, history and astronomy in a truly picturesque setting.
Making science fun, informative and spectacular for all ages, it offers over 100 interactive exhibits, both inside and out, along with science shows and telescope tours.
The Castle is closed in November, December, January and February, please visit the website for further opening details.
Both attractions have cafes as well as free parking.
We attended the Medieval Festival at Herstmonceaux Castle for the first time this year. We are a family of 4 with 2 children under 10 years old. We also went with our friends (another family of 4). We all had a brilliant time! we were very glad we had taken a fancy dress outfit for kids and wished we had made of an effort on our own costumes as people were dressed up day and night in full regalia! It was fascinating just people watching! So much to see and do, we were there 2 full days and nights and still didnt have time to fit everything in! We attended the banquet in the castle on the Saturday evening and where the entertainment was brilliant, I would say the food was not really suitable for the kids, although they did try everything, including cold pea soup! The jousting is a must! The knights were very impressive to watch and kept the crowd cheering. We enjoyed the entertainment and the atmosphere at the Buxom Wench and thought it was a great idea to have an outdoor cinema for the kids where they happily sat and watched Brave. The stalls are great and the extras you pay for worth while. The Mud Theatre show was free to watch and hilarious! we also stumbled across the Robin Hood park in the woods where some lovely ladies from forest school showed the boys how to make daggers from the sawing of the wood to the whittling of the sticks with potato peelers! They loved it! They then cooked bread over an open fire which was filled with jam when ready, delicious! This was all free as well and one of the kids favourite things to do that weekend, I would recommend going and we will be looking to go again next year!
3:15 PM September 5, 2018