Fodor's Expert Review Herstmonceux Castle

Battle Castle/Palace Fodor's Choice

With a banner waving from one tower and a glassy moat crossed by what was once a drawbridge, this fairy-tale castle has everything except knights in shining armor. Situated 13 miles northwest of Hastings, the redbrick structure was originally built by Sir Roger Fiennes (ancestor of actor Ralph Fiennes) in 1444, although it was altered in the Elizabethan age and again early in the 20th century after it had largely fallen to ruin. Canadian Queen's University owns the castle, so only part of it is open for guided tours, usually once or twice a day except on Saturday; call in advance to schedule a tour in high season.

Highlights include the magnificent ballroom, a medieval room, and the stunning Elizabethan-era staircase. Explore the formal walled garden, lily-covered lakes, and miles of woodland—the perfect place for a picnic on a sunny afternoon. There's also a hands-on science center for kids.

When school isn't in session, the castle rents out its small, plain guest rooms... READ MORE

With a banner waving from one tower and a glassy moat crossed by what was once a drawbridge, this fairy-tale castle has everything except knights in shining armor. Situated 13 miles northwest of Hastings, the redbrick structure was originally built by Sir Roger Fiennes (ancestor of actor Ralph Fiennes) in 1444, although it was altered in the Elizabethan age and again early in the 20th century after it had largely fallen to ruin. Canadian Queen's University owns the castle, so only part of it is open for guided tours, usually once or twice a day except on Saturday; call in advance to schedule a tour in high season.

Highlights include the magnificent ballroom, a medieval room, and the stunning Elizabethan-era staircase. Explore the formal walled garden, lily-covered lakes, and miles of woodland—the perfect place for a picnic on a sunny afternoon. There's also a hands-on science center for kids.

When school isn't in session, the castle rents out its small, plain guest rooms from £40 per night. On the last weekend of August, the castle hosts a large Medieval Festival, complete with jousting, falconry shows, and around 100 craft stalls.

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Quick Facts

Off Wartling Rd.
Herstmonceux, East Sussex  BN27 1RN, England

01323-833816

www.herstmonceux-castle.com

Sight Details:
Rate Includes: Castle, grounds, and science center £14.50; grounds only £7; castle tours £3, Closed Nov.–mid-Feb.

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