Starting life as a moated manor house in the 13th century, Sissinghurst Castle boasts a long and illustrious history, hosting royals like Queen Mary Tudor and Queen Elizabeth I over the years, as well as being used as a war prison in the 1700s.
Today, the imposing castle is best known for its spectacular gardens, the inspired creation of 20th-century owner and poet Vita Sackville-West. Spread over 450 acres, the breathtaking parklands include colorful flower gardens, an aromatic herb garden, a bird hide, an orchard and a number of scenic walkways.
Sissinghurst Castle is located close to Tenterden in South East England, approximately 85 km from London. The castle garden is open daily from 10:30am to 5:30pm between March 1 and November 3, and from December 1-31. Adult admission is £11.70.