Scotney Castle has something for everyone, from a fairytale, moated castle, gorgeous gardens perfect for a runaround and two play areas – keeping all ages entertained. And if that's not all, there are another 780 acres of the wooded estate to explore!
Things to do
Scotney Castle is not one but two houses! At the top of the hill is the new house, designed by Anthony Salvin in Elizabethan style and built in 1837 for Edward Hussey III, who took the 'picturesque' style as his inspiration. The house does not re-open until the 1st of March.
At the bottom of the valley are the romantic ruins of a medieval castle and moat. This is the focal point of the celebrated gardens featuring spectacular displays of rhododendrons, azaleas and kalmia in May/June with trees and shrubs providing autumnal colour. The wider estate is open all year, offering a variety of walks through beautiful parkland, woodland and farmland.
If you've located the perfect picnic spot whether that be under a tree in the Queen Mother's Garden, in the Quarry Garden or in an unmarked part of the ancient woodland, then you'll need the perfect novel to read. Nab yourself a pre-loved novel from the second-hand bookshop. You can get a book for as little as 50p.
You'll make a dreamy collection of family memories at this historic attraction with plenty of fun family activities to enjoy throughout the Winter and Summer months.
Food & Drink
This delightful National Trust castle in Kent has a quaint tea room that serves a selection of hot and cold drinks and children's lunch box options. There’s a range of delicious hot lunches or lighter options including freshly made sandwiches, salads, soups, cakes and cream teas.
On busier days kiosks open in the picturesque gardens opposite the Courtyard Tea Room. Grab some refreshments or ice cream and wander around the formal gardens.
There are plenty of benches too if you want to bring your own food and have a picnic on the castle grounds. There are so many exquisite picnic spots around the castle such as the moat view, walled garden, or even under the tulip tree on the Queen Mother's Lawn - this is also next to the Badger and Pepper play area too!
Make sure to let a member of staff know if you have any allergies.
- There are accessible toilets by the courtyard tea room.
- Changing facilities for babies and young children are located by the courtyard tea room and by the Scotney property office.
- There are designated accessible parking spaces on-site. Please note all parking needs to be booked via the Scotney website or NT app.
- There are induction loop systems at the Visitor Entrance, in the shop and in the tea room.
- Access to the food outlets in the courtyard is level but uneven in places.
- The shop has two entrances - one is level and one has ramped access.
- There is level access from the car park to the shop, tea room and mansion house.
- Two powered mobility scooters are available to borrow. To book one call the Scotney Property Office on 01892 893820.
- There are steep slopes across the garden. There is ramped access to the shop.
- Video tour available on request for visitors unable to visit the upstairs of the mansion house
- The National Trust castle can provide a manual wheelchair or motorised mobility scooter for your visit. To book one please telephone the Scotney Property Office at 01892 893820.
Transport & Parking for Visitors
Wadhurst 5½ miles
The 256 Tunbridge Wells to Wadhurst Autocar service runs via Lamberhurst Monday to Friday.
NCN18, 3 miles
Signposted from A21 at Lamberhurst
All visitors should book their parking in advance via the Scotney website or the NT app. You can book up to 09:00 on the day of your visit. If you experience any difficulties booking online please call 0344 249 1895. Please note that if the car park is full and you have not reserved your parking space you will not be able to enter.