Days Out

Sissinghurst Castle

There’s lots of reasons to visit Sissinghurst Castle Garden this winter. As the garden closes for rest and conservation over the colder months, we turn our attention to the hidden inside world created by Vita and Harold here. Take the chance to explore their personal literary havens, as you spiral past Vita’s library on a trip up the tower, or pick up a timed ticket for a rare glimpse into Harold’s writing refuge in the newly opened South Cottage.


Don’t forget to take in the changing seasonal exhibitions, then let off steam with a restorative stroll across the wider estate – rounded off with a cuppa and a slice of cake in the cosy restaurant. If you are planning a visit in December too, book in for a festive two or three course lunch on 01580 710704.

The South Cottage

Rarely opened to the public, The South Cottage has long been the residence of writers. Home to Vita and Harold’s bedrooms and Harold’s book room, this atmospheric house sits in the middle of the garden and has enjoyed the company of a variety of characters. Maintained as a writing haven by the Nicolson family, step inside this literary retreat to learn more.

The South Cottage has a daily limited capacity and you will need to obtain a timed ticket from visitor reception on arrival. The garden remains closed for the winter period for important conservation work and to allow the garden to rest. Access to The South Cottage is via narrow paths which may be slippery, please wear appropriate footwear, unfortunately the cottage is not accessible for disabled visitors.



Play and Display
22nd October – 20th November
Normal admission applies

Relive childhood memories with this exhibition of paper and card toys and have fun playing with some more modern ones too.

3rd December – 3rd January
Normal admission applies

Visit this winter to see an array of doodles and artwork by celebrities and well-known artists. The exhibition includes artwork from the illustrators of Rupert Bear, Spongebob Squarepants and Scooby Doo, to drawings by Twiggy and André Derain.

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