May half-term at The Herstmonceux Castle Estate

26th May

An enchanting day out in the East Sussex countryside

Within the beautiful 300-acre estate, you can explore formal gardens, woodland trails, meadows, and lakes, all set around a majestic 15th century moated castle. For younger visitors, there is an outdoor play area and giant tree swing plus the family challenge of the Marlow Rope Maze – no cheating allowed!

As a result of careful management, the estate is also a haven for a rich variety of flora and fauna. To learn more about this, pick up a copy of the new Nature Explorer family activity sheet on arrival. Take it with you as you wander around the grounds looking for the different information signs to help you answer the questions on the sheet. On the reverse side is the Wildlife Detective Challenge. Can you spot some of the creatures that inhabit the estate – some are easier to find than others – and can you name them? Pop into the Visitor Centre before you leave and see how well you did.

If all this exploration has made you hungry, it could be time to visit Chestnuts Tea Room for a light lunch or afternoon tea. There are daily specials, delicious homemade cakes and a children’s menu is available, together with a variety of ice creams and lollies.

Although tours of the Castle are not offered at present due to Government restrictions, the Visitor Centre chronicles its varied history and numerous owners. In addition, friendly and knowledgeable tour guides can be found in the gatehouse for a few hours each day and are happy to answer any questions you may have.

To control numbers and ensure that everyone has a relaxed, safe, and enjoyable visit, booking online in advance is recommended. Please visit

Season tickets are also available for individuals, couples, and families, enabling you to visit as many times as you like up to the end of the current season.

Well behaved dogs are always welcome but kept on a lead at all times please.