Chiddingstone Castle Gardens & Grounds
With breathtaking views of the Greensand Ridge below the North Downs, a stroll in the gardens of Chiddingstone Castle is a delight in all seasons. 35 acres of unspoilt grounds give visitors a choice of wandering along woodland walks; crossing the wooden bridge over the lake that leads to the picturesque Tudor village of Chiddingstone or pausing to admire the Grade II* Victorian Orangery which features an award-winning contemporary glazed roof.
There are formal lawns above the ‘haha’ which surrounds the castle, and large open lawns on which to enjoy a relaxing summertime picnic. The daffodil spectacular on the East Meadow in the spring is not to be missed, along with the cherry tree blossom in the Japanese Earthquake Memorial Orchard.
The gardens are evolving all the time, and visitors are able to enjoy the traditional planting with roses, peonies and lavender. The herbaceous border that runs along the South Wall towards the Orangery is at its best in the summer and early autumn. All the roses in the gardens have been identified and labelled by the castle’s volunteers, and some have been discovered to be important, heritage varieties.
The formal Rose Garden within the central courtyard is particularly fragrant and beautiful (admission to castle ticket holders only).
2014 saw the creation of a new conceptual garden at Chiddingstone Castle - the ‘Fields of Eternity’. Located at the far end of the North Lawn, this Ancient Egyptian-themed area covers an acre and has been designed to enhance the imagination of visitors of all ages, and children in particular - and helps link the landscape of Ancient Egypt to the Castle’s collection of Egyptian antiquities.
Visitors will be able to learn about life and the environment in 2000BC by exploring a grass maze - a carefully prepared treasure trail of paths through grasses have been laid out as if one is walking along the River Nile (flowing south to north, as does the River Nile in Egypt), with its ‘tributaries’ leading to exciting discoveries, such as Tutankhamun’s tomb and a giant sundial.