Herstmonceux Castle and Grounds

In a nutshell

Visit the beautiful garden and grounds of Herstmonceux Castle. Fun for all the family and suitable for all ages.


Wartling Road, Hailsham, Sussex BN27 1RN

Contact details

Tel: 01323 833816

Web: www.herstmonceux-castle.com

Activity type

Gardens and Open Spaces, Historical Sites

Suitable for

All ages, Schools and Groups

Price guide


(based on family of 4)

Herstmonceux Castle and Grounds details...

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.

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