Scotney Castle, National Trust
Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Average time spent – 2-3 hours.
Things to do at Scotney Castle review
Scotney Castle is a fantastic National Trust property located just outside of Lamberhurst in Kent. It features a 14th century moated castle, country house and a romantic garden all inside a beautiful wooded estate. With over 770 acres of woodland and parkland to explore there’s plenty to keep the whole family busy.
If you head into the grounds of Scotney Castle itself you can explore and discover the ruins of the former castle. My children love to spot the fish and ducks in the surrounding moat and wander through the woodlands towards the natural play area.
If you wish to look around the house you have to pick up an extra ticket when you go in, but this is included in your ticket price. You can also walk around the estate without paying entry to Scotney Castle following the well-marked routes.
We love to visit whatever the weather and enjoy watching the seasons change over the year too. For little ones they usually run different trails during school holidays throughout the year. Picnics are welcome both inside the grounds and outside estate, however there are only toilet facilities near the car park and not once you’re inside, so do keep this in mind.
You can wander around the grounds and gardens within an hour, or bring a picnic and enjoy a longer walk around the estate. I would recommend at least 2/3 hours.
Covid 19: Due to current restrictions not everything will be open, or it may be open differently to normal, at the attraction that you are visiting. Please consult their social media accounts, give them a call or visit their website if you can’t find the information you are looking for.
Important Information Scotney Castle
Eating – There is a tea-room that serves hot and cold food, drink and snacks. This opens daily with the Castle. Seating inside is limited due to size, however there are plenty of benches outside to enjoy. There is also a smaller kiosk that serves drinks and the yummiest ice creams during the warmer months too. You can picnic outdoors.
Facilities in brief – Moated ruined castle, intact house, with grounds and gardens including natural play. There are toilets and a tea-room.
Entry price – *FREE or Mid-range.
*Prices are subject to change and/or discounts online. *FREE for members of the National Trust. Mid-range. Regular entry price for adults is £8 each and £4 for a child. This is a cheaper price than normal as the house is currently closed. Parking is free for National Trust members or £4 per car for non-members.
Opening: They are open for most of the year. For up to date opening times and dates please follow this link.
Dog friendly? Dogs are welcome on the estate but are asked to be kept on a lead for the safety of the sheep and cattle that graze in the fields.
Address: Lamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells TN3 8JN, Kent, England. Phone: 01892 893820
Category – Historical castle and house – Indoors and outdoors – suitable for all ages.
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