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1 Jan - 31 Dec; daily 10am - 5pm: last entry one hour before closing, closes at dusk if earlier, closed 24 Dec and 25 Dec
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1 Jan to 31 Dec; daily 11am until 5pm, last entry one hour before closing Old Castle: As for garden
Azaleas, Rhododendrons, Kalmia. Autumn colour.
Gift Aid Admission (Standard Admission prices in brackets)
Garden: adult £9.10 (£8.20), child £4.60 (£4.10), family £23 (£20.50).
House and garden: adult £14.30 (£13), child £7.20(£6.50), family £35.80 (£32.50)
Guide dogs only in garden, other dogs on estate walks.
A wide-range of plants that reflect the plants located in the garden are now sold in the shop. All plants sold by the National Trust are in peat-free compost. All profits from plant sales go directly to the upkeep of the garden.
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Green Cross Inn, Goudhurst
A picturesque garden surrounding moated ruins of a 14th century castle, the hilly site provides breathtaking views from the Bastion across the Quarry Garden to the Valley and woodlands beyond.
Ghent Azaleas and Rhododendrons provide a spectacle of colour in May and June. Close to the castle ruin is a herb garden and the inner courtyard is planted with roses and clematis. Near the lake is a reclining figure in bronze by Henry Moore. The great trees, including Liquidambar and Tulip trees and the many flowering shrubs, take on wonderful colours in the autumn reflected in woodlands of the surrounding 700 acre estate. The estate walks are open all year round.
Edward Hussey created the overall design with advice from William Sawrey Gilpin. The castle, really a fortified manor house with 16th and 17th century additions, was considered uninhabitable and was selectively demolished to leave romantic walls and towers. The garden was created in the 1840's, but additional planting, to extend colour throughout the year, was initiated by Christopher Hussey between 1950 and his death in 1970.