Overview

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
Today’s opening hours

3 April - 31 October.

Open Fridays to Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays (excluding Good Friday).

12pm to 5pm. House tours at 2pm only.

Opening
Opening

2020

Lullingstone is free to Historic Houses members (event days are excluded).

3 April - 31 October.

Open Fridays to Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays (excluding Good Friday).

12pm to 5pm. House tours at 2pm only.

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. 

House Open:
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.

Find Us
Find us

The main visitor entrance is at ///slowly.simple.defend. What does this mean?

By road 
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.

By train 
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.

Parking

Car park on site

  • Free for visitors

Taxi

SWANTAX 01322 666777

Admission
Admission

This property is free to Historic Houses members

Adult £9.00
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.

More admission details

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Accessible parking
  • Large font signs and leaflets
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible toilets
Group Visits
Group Visits

The House and Garden also open for pre-booked guided groups (min 20 people) on Wednesdays & Thursdays by arrangement.

 

Please check the website for further information, admission times and details for our special events

Visit website

Today
Today’s opening hours

3 April - 31 October.

Open Fridays to Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays (excluding Good Friday).

12pm to 5pm. House tours at 2pm only.

Opening
Opening

2020

Lullingstone is free to Historic Houses members (event days are excluded).

3 April - 31 October.

Open Fridays to Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays (excluding Good Friday).

12pm to 5pm. House tours at 2pm only.

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. 

House Open:
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.

Find Us
Find us

The main visitor entrance is at ///slowly.simple.defend. What does this mean?

By road 
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.

By train 
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.

Parking

Car park on site

  • Free for visitors

Taxi

SWANTAX 01322 666777

Admission
Admission

This property is free to Historic Houses members

Adult £9.00
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.

More admission details

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Accessible parking
  • Large font signs and leaflets
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Accessible toilets
Group Visits
Group Visits

The House and Garden also open for pre-booked guided groups (min 20 people) on Wednesdays & Thursdays by arrangement.

 

Other opening


Lullingstone Castle's history and features

The present Manor House and Gatehouse, which overlook a stunning 15-acre lake, were built in 1497 and have been home to the same family ever since. Both Henry VIII and Queen Anne are known to have been regular visitors. Hidden in the grounds, alongside the River Darent, visitors will also find "Queen Anne's" Bathhouse and an 18th century Ice House.

Lullingstone was home to the famous Silk Farm, established in the 1930s, which produced silk for Queen Elizabeth II's coronation robes and wedding dress. Lullingstone was also taken over by the British Army during World War Two and the fields behind the Gatehouse hosted a dummy airfield. Lullingstone also has an interesting involvement with lawn tennis, dating back to the 1870s when the rules for the game were drawn up.

Restoration and maintenance efforts

Lullingstone Castle is home to Tom Hart Dyke’s World Garden of Plants. Tom is the twentieth generation of his family to live on the Estate. He hopes that his World Garden will help preserve the Estate for future generations. Restoration and maintenance at Lullingstone is ongoing and visitors provide a vital source of income for this. 

Tom's ambition for the World Garden to safeguard Lullingstone's future was documented on BBC2 - 'Save Lullingstone Castle' and 'Return to Lullingstone Castle' were broadcast in 2006 and 2007.

We are continually adding to Lullingstone's delights; most recently rediscovering Lullingstone's 1740s Fire Engine and some 1st/ 2nd Century British-Romano Pottery. 


Fun Facts

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.


Upcoming events

29 - 31 Aug 2020

Plant Hunter's Weekend

Celebrating the lives of some of Britain’s most intrepid plant hunters, Tom and friends in character dress lead FREE guided tour of the World Garden at 1.30 – 3.30pm - join at any time!