Scotney Castle - National Trust

Scotney Castle - National Trust
Tunbridge Wells




01892 893820

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The moated 14th century castle and landscape of Scotney together make this one of England's most romantic places. Created in the 1830s by Edward Hussey who had the imagination to transform the medieval Scotney Castle from derelict dwelling to quaint ruin, thus forming the focus of his picturesque landscape garden, which he called his pleasure gardens. The view from the Bastion, just below the formal terraces of the "new" Scotney Castle, takes in the glorious colours of Ghent azaleas in late spring. In the autumn, golden tulip trees and crimson liquidambers take centre stage against a back cloth of parkland and woodland which are part of the 770 acre Scotney Estate. The estate walks can be enjoyed throughout the year. There is a magnificient display of bluebells in May and spectacular autumn colours. The hop farm is one of the few surviving in Kent.

Venue Type:

Castle or defences, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

Please check website for opening times

Admission charges

£4.80, child £2.40, family £12. Groups £4.20, child £2.10. Estate walks: Free.

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Have a Go Longbow

  • 3 May 2014 2:15-3:15pm

'Shoot the Longbow'. Take the fast-track and learn to shoot like the Archers of Agincourt. A taste of tradition; a full hour of expert tuition that brings you above your expectations.

As you will be out on our estate please bring suitable footwear.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+


£18.00 per person.



Dawn Chorus Walk

  • 4 May 2014 6-8am

All three woodpeckers adorn our parkland and woods. Redwings and Fildfares flock on mass in the winter. Chiff-chaffs, swallows and house martin entertain us in the summer.

To signify national dawn chorus walk day, walk with us across the stunning Scotney Castle estate at dawn and finish up with a cup of tea or coffee in our tearoom.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Adult £10.00, Child £5.00. Normal admission charges apply. Adult: £13.00, Child: £6.50 (whole property).