Scotney Castle - National Trust

Scotney Castle - National Trust
Lamberhurst
Tunbridge Wells
Kent
TN3 8JN
England

Website

www.nationaltrust.org.uk/scotney-castle

E-mail

scotneycastle@nationaltrust.org.uk

Telephone

01892 893820

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
A winter's day at Scotney Castle, Kent.
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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.

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
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Estate Seasonal Tour: Big Butterfly Count

  • 25 — 27 July 2014 *on now

Help us take nature's pulse by joining the big butterfly count. Scotney castle staff and volunteers are getting behind the big butterfly count in 2014 through a series of events including a butterfly identification walk. We will show you the best places on the estate to view butterflies and help you identify them so you can take part in the count in your own gardens.

Suitable for

  • Any age
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Autumn Colour Walk

  • 11 — 17 October 2014

The Scotney Castle estate designed as a picturesque landscape is beautiful in autumn colour. Each tree planted in the parkland was done with a lot of thought by Edward Hussey III in the 1820's, and each tree planted since has also been for the betterment of the estate landscape. Walk with us learning about tree, their history, traditional uses and threats.

Suitable for

  • Any age
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