The wonderful spectacle of Sissinghurst Gardens are only a short drive from Cranbrook. The creation of Vita Sackville-West and her husband Sir Harold Nicolson.


Maintained by the National Trust, the gardens are open from 15th March until the 2nd of November 2008.

If you are interested in volunteering to help at Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens, please telephone 01580 710700 for details or email We are looking for Guides, Visitor Services’ Volunteers, Office Volunteers, and Garden Volunteers. If you feel you have something to offer, we’d love to hear from you.

Read more about Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens on the official National Trust Website…

Cranbrook Union Windmill

Cranbrook Union Windmill is the tallest Smock Windmill in England, at 72 feet high, with unique, panoramic views of Cranbrook. Mary Dobell had the windmill built in 1814 by James Humphrey, a local millwright, for her son Henry.

Cranbrook Union Windmill

Nowadays, whenever possible, the windmill is worked and grain is milled during opening hours – flour can be bought in the Mill Shop. There are models for making flour, which are fun for children to operate, together with quizzes and exploration.

Guides are on each floor and written information is available in several languages.

Visits and full guided tours can be arranged for all age ranges at any reasonable time throughout the year.

Access to Cranbrook Union Windmill is via The Hill, St David’s Bridge, Cranbrook. Postcode for satellite navigation is TN17 3AH. Further information is available at

Email Telephone 01580 714557.

Entrance is free, donations are welcome.

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