Vita Sackville West & Harold Nicholson at SissinghurstBloomsbury Group & Sissinghurst Castle

Full Day - £350.00 (up to 5 people)

Half Day - £200.00 (up to 5 people)

Tour Itinerary


Charing Cross/Blackfriars

Train from London Charing Cross or Blackfriars station

Sevenoaks Station

Arrive at Sevenoaks Station

Knole House

Arrive at Knole House, visit house and gardens including optional highlights tour (booking required).


Enjoy a picnic supplied by Potted History Tours or have lunch at the onsite cafeteria.

Depart for Sissinghurst Castle

Travel to Sissinghurst - approximately 50 minutes driving time.

Arrive at Sissinghurst Castle & Gardens

Visit the world-famous garden 'rooms', enjoy beautiful views from the top of the 16th century tower, including exhibition space and Vita's personal study, and see the newly opened South Cottage (timed tickets only - booking essential).

Depart for Staplehurst station

Depart for Staplehurst station and train back to London (arrive approximately 19:20 at London Charing Cross).

Sissinghurst Castle & Gardens

Perhaps as a consolation for losing her beloved childhood home at Knole House, Vita threw her energies into creating the world-famous gardens at Sissinghurst. When Vita and Harold first bought Sissinghurst, it was a fully working farm.

Sissinghurst is home to the first hand printing press used by Virginia Woolf in the early days of the Hogarth Press.

By the late 1930s, the newly laid-out garden was opened to the public. The admission fee was 1 shilling, hence Vita's name for visitors to the garden – her ‘shillingses’.

During World War Two, the Women’s Land Army helped to manage the dairy herd, getting up at 5.30am to milk the cows. Vita was very closely involved with the WLA in Kent, writing a book highlighting the efforts of the organisation in saving the country from starvation during the war.

Sissinghurst's grounds are world-famous and are actually made up of ten separate gardens, including the rose garden and the white garden.

Vita died in 1962, and the house was given to the National Trust in 1967.

Did You Know...

The tudor buildings at Sissinghurst were used as a prison for up to 3,000 French sailors who were captured by the British during the Seven Years War, between 1756 - 63. The sailors referred to Sissinghurst as 'le chateaux' hence 'castle' being adopted in to its name.

Ticket Prices & Booking

Full Day Tour - £350.00 (up to 5 people)
10.30am - 17.30pm
20% deposit payable at time of booking.

Half Day Tour - £200.00 (up to 5 people)
10.30am - 14.30pm or 14.00pm - 17.30pm
20% deposit payable at time of booking.

Sissinghurst Castle & Gardens Opening Times

Gardens, Exhibitions & Tower
Open 11:00am - 17:30pm.
Mid-March to the end of October.

They say...

Vita Sackville-West, The Land
“She walks in the loveliness she made,
Between the apple-blossom and the water
She walks among the patterned pied brocade,
Each flower her son, and every tree her daughter.”
Vita Sackville-West, The Land