Mentioned in the Doomsday Survey, the Manor of Lullingstone came into the current family’s ownership in the 14th Century.
Emerging in Tudor Times as a fortified manor house, Lullingstone, in the 18th Century was renamed Lullingstone Castle with its fine interior, the State Drawing Room featuring a magnificent plaster barrel vault.
Evolving over time with remodelling and fashionable landscaping, the Castle, one home to the Lullingstone Silk Farm, survives today as an historic mansion with Gatehouse set in an area of outstanding natural beauty, and is home to the World Garden.
Today’s opening hours
Lullingstone is open on Fridays (except Good Friday), Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays between 5 April until 27th October
Lullingstone is free to Historic Houses members (event days are excluded).
Lullingstone is open on Fridays (except Good Friday), Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays between 5 April until 27th October.
World Garden Open:
Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays plus Bank Holiday Mondays: 12 noon - 5pm (for selected Special Events we open at 11am). Last entry to the Garden is at 4:30pm.
Only at 2pm. For a guided tour (45 minutes) every Friday, Saturday and Sunday (except bank holiday weekends and events - see below). No prior booking required. However, to take the guided tour (at no extra cost) please collect a sticker on arrival, bearing in mind we do have a cap of 70 visitors on our tour due to guiding procedures.
The House is open on Bank Holiday Weekends and Events for free flow entry at 11am. Visitors at their leisure are able to view until last entry to the house at 4:30pm.
Via A225: The entrance to Lullingstone's main car and coach park is via the A225 Shoreham Road, less than 10 minutes from the M25 (Junction 3 exit for Swanley - A20 not M20)
Via Lullingstone Lane: The Lullingstone Roman Villa (an English Heritage property) and Eagle Heights are both on Lullingstone Lane.Cars and pedestrians (but not coaches) can continue past the Roman Villa for 600 metres on a narrowing road past the left hand side of the modern building that now covers the Roman Villa. At the Gatehouse there is free car/bike parking (outside) for our visitors only.
The nearest train station is Eynsford, and trains take approximately 50 minutes from central London. Eynsford station is less than a 10-minute walk to Lullingstone's gated entrance. Turn left, and then when you reach the main road, turn left again and pass under the railway bridge. Do NOT follow signs for the Lullingstone Roman Villa or Eynsford. Lullingstone's gated entrance on the A225 is approximately 500 metres on the right-hand-side of the road.
Car park on site
- Free for visitors
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This property is free to Historic Houses members
Child £4.50 (5-15 yrs old)
Senior citizen £7.50
Family £20.00 (2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children)
Guide Dogs only
All Events (excluding NGS) the admission charge is £10 per adult and FREE entry for children under 15. (See our events page for full details)
World Garden Passport
Season tickets are available on site and are valid for all events.
- Accessible parking
- Large font signs and leaflets
- Guide dogs welcome
- Accessible toilets
The House and Garden also open for pre-booked guided groups (min 20 people) on Wednesdays & Thursdays by arrangement.
Did you know that two Compare the Market.com adverts have been filmed here?
We also had a private visit by Their Royal Highnesses the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall in July 2013.
Celebrating the lives of some of Britain’s most intrepid plant hunters, Tom and friends in Victorian dress lead a guided tour of the World Garden between 1.30 - 3.30pm - join at any time! Visitors are offered a unique glimpse into the past to experience an authentic plant hunter’s expedition camp, complete with plant presses, roaring fire, porters and canvas tents.
Second Chance Animal Rescue (SCAR) will have some special animals and reptile guests joining us during our garden tour. SCAR expert handlers during the tour will showcase different animals to see amongst the continents to truly bring the tour alive. Visitors are offered a unique glimpse into the past to experience an authentic plant hunter’s expedition camp, complete with plant presses, roaring fire, porters and canvas tents.
Admission price - £10 adult - children under 15 go FREE. Please note that Historic Houses members will not receive free admission on these days.
Please visit our website for further information.