Scotney Castle

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  • Parking
  • Annual parking pass
  • Dogs allowed
  • Refreshments
  • Toilets
  • Viewpoints
  • Visitor centre
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  • Disabled parking
  • Disabled toilets
  • Rest point
  • Wheelchair friendly
  • Picnic area
  • Water body
  • Waymarked trails

Besides its beautiful moated castle, country house, and one of the top ten formal gardens in England, Scotney Castle Estate also has 770 acres of woodland and parkland within its grounds that can be explored for free.

Scotney Castle Estate is open all year round, with a number of trails of varying length that pass through fields, wooded areas and the hop farm, up and down the valley and along the Bewl River. It is designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

There is a dedicated visitor centre for the Estate grounds, with displays on the wildlife to be found nearby, as well as activities for children. The well stocked shop includes products from the Estate, such as beer and honey. If you are hungry or thirsty after your long stroll through the idyllic estate, there is a woodland picnic area if you’ve brought your own food, and an excellent tea room, serving hot and cold food throughout summer, and on weekends in low season.

A Walk Through Time – Sissinghurst Walk is a circular 10 mile (16km) walk that passes through the estate.

Scotney Castle is located near to the Wealden cycle trail which begins in Ashford and ends in Tunbridge Wells.  The cycle route provides an exhilarating ride through some of Kent’s most picturesque landscape.  A visit to Scotney castle would be the perfect stop off before rejoining the trail at the end of your visit!

Easy access information

This park and open space has at least one accessible route but otherwise is considered to be less suitable for visitors with pushchairs and/or wheelchairs.

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