Goodnestone Park Gardens

Peaceful and romantic gardens with connections to Jane Austen, described by various writers as “the very heart of rural England”, “one of the loveliest gardens in Kent” and “a haven of beautiful tranquillity”.

Goodnestone Park Gardens is an Attraction. Area Sandwich


Goodnestone Park

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Useful info

  • Available: Accessible toilet/s
  • Available: Blue badge/ accessible parking bay/s
  • Available: Coach parties welcome
  • Available: Dog-friendly
  • Available: Family-friendly
  • Available: Food and drink on site
  • Available: Guide dogs, Hearing dogs and Registered assistance dogs welcome
  • Available: Nature-positive initiatives
  • Available: On-site parking (charges may apply)
  • Available: Visitor toilet/s
  • Available: Wedding venue
  • Available: Wheelchair user friendly


Admission fees


One of only three gardens in Kent to be awarded the coveted two stars in the Good Garden Guide. Covering approximately 14 acres, the garden has a formal area around the House, with a small box parterre, planted to celebrate the millennium. The gravel garden was planted in 2003 and leads to the woodland area and, behind the wood, the Golden Arboretum planted in 2001 to celebrate the Golden Wedding of Lord and Lady Fitzwater.

Walk in Jane Austen's footsteps as you follow the 18th century Serpentine Walk.

The walled garden is covered in roses, wisteria, clematis and jasmine with rose-beds under planted with perennials. This has always been the most peaceful part of the gardens and a water feature which looks towards the village church tower was added in 2009.

Old Dairy Café

One of the original estate dairies has been converted into a café whilst retaining the original features of the building. There is a beautiful indoor seating area with plenty of space as well as additional outdoor tables within the courtyard.

The café offers hot and cold drinks, brunches, light bites and daily lunch specials.

Within the café is a shop with gifts, Goodnestone’s own honey, apple juice, candles and a lovely range of cards. There is also fruit, herbs and vegetables in the kitchen garden.

There is a large car park and pre-booked coaches are welcome.