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History and FAQs

History


The castle was first built in 1818-20 by James Louis West.
In 1933 the Castle was badly damaged by fire and the following year the estate was purchased by Alfred Matthews. Matthews was an architect and set about repairing the fire-damaged interior. During the Second World War the Castle was commandeered for use by the Canadian Army.
The estate is now in the joint ownership of the Fitzgerald and Clough families who have done a great deal to return the gardens and grounds to their former glory.
Wadhurst Castle

Wadhurst Castle

Brochures

Wadhurst Castle is a beautiful country house with a warm and welcoming atmosphere for all weddings, civil partnerships and any other celebrations. The gardens are superb and there are stunning views from the terrace and South lawn across the Sussex countryside.
 
Wadhurst castle is ideally suited for sumptuous dinners to celebrate the milestones in life and wonderful lunch parties for silver weddings, golden weddings and everything in between. The beautiful gardens make the perfect place for guests to mingle over drinks while the children play happily on the lawn.

Each occasion is planned with our clients to ensure that every detail is perfect and your guests will always remember the day.
Weddings & Civil Partnerships

This brochure includes venue hire price information for Weddings & Civil Partnerships. Click the button below to view the information.

Small & Intimate Weddings

Learn more about the small wedding package for up to 30 guests. Click the button below to view the information.

Celebrations & Special Events

Wadhurst Castle is a beautiful country house with a warm and welcoming atmosphere for all celebrations and events. Click the button below to view the information.

Accommodation

Closer to Wadhurst

Below are a few different accommodation options that are in a close vicinity to the castle.

- Castle Cottage 

- Woodpecker Barn, Bartley Mill Road, Lamberhurst, TN3 8BH 01892 891958 (www.woodpeckerbarn.co.uk)

- Little Tidebrook Farm Riseden Road, Wadhurst, 01892 782688 

- The Greyhound, St James Square, Wadhurst, 01892 783224 

In Tunbridge Wells

Within a 20 minute drive you will reach the town of Tunbridge Wells.

- Hotel du Vin, Crescent Road, 01892 526455 (www.hotelduvin.com)

- Smart and Simple Hotel, 54 London Road, 01892 52558 

- The Royal Wells Hotel, Mount Ephraim, 01892 511188 

- The Spa Hotel, Mount Ephraim, Tunbridge Wells, 01892 520331 

FAQ

Arrival Time

Please could guests kindly not arrive more than 30 minutes before the ceremony. We are aware that anyone travelling some distance must allow plenty of time, however as we are a private house we are unable to serve you refreshments in advance of the event. Wadhurst village is only a short walk away and has a good choice of pubs and cafes serving refreshments for any guests arriving early.

Taxis

Getting a taxi from the Castle, particularly on weekend evenings, is far from easy, especially if you are staying locally. If one is not booked in advance it is probable it will be necessary to call one from Tunbridge Wells incurring a cab fare of over £20 even if you are only going a mile down the road! Those returning to Tunbridge Wells may have to wait over an hour for a taxi if not booked well in advance, so can we please ask you to book your transport in advance. We would highly recommend re-confirming your booking the day before the event also.

Local Taxis
Wealden Private Hire – 01892 320232
Wadhurst Village Cab Co – 01892 785711
Just Minibuses – 01892 852281
Tony – 07836 679119
Paul – 07767 381672
info@justminibuses.co.uk
RSA Taxi Service
Ticehurst
07837 064853
Martin’s Private Hire
Wadhurst
07951 385615
martintaxi1@gmail.com
Tunbridge Wells Taxis
Royal Tunbridge Wells Taxis
01892 247247
07534 679567
info@royaltunbridgewellstaxi.com
Walkers Cars – 01892 522522
Streamline Taxis – 01892 511911
Crown Cars – 01892 541188

Confetti

Please note only confetti provided by the castle is permitted. Generally the Bride & Groom will have organised confetti for their guests in advance for their ceremony.

Care & Attention

The HaHa, so called because of the sound emitted when someone steps over the edge falling several feet in to the field below, is at the end of the main lawn in the front of the Castle.
There are fountains and ponds in the grounds in addition to the HaHa, so could you please kindly ensure that your children do not venture outside unattended.
We are delighted to welcome guests with wide heels and wedges, however narrow/stiletto heels are destroying the parquet floors and we ask that guests wear as wide heels as possible. We may ask you to put on heel protectors to prevent damage to the floor if required.
Wadhurst Castle

Directions


Wadhurst Castle is on the outskirts of the village of Wadhurst, just seven miles from Royal Tunbridge Wells and 45 miles from central London. Maidstone is 20 miles away, Gatwick 30 miles and Brighton 25 miles.

By Road

Take the M25 (exit Jct 5) on to the A21 (signed to Sevenoaks – do not turn off at Tonbridge or Tunbridge Wells) to the Lamberhurst bypass. At the roundabout take the B2162 to Lamberhurst and then the B2100 to Cousley Wood and Wadhurst. This road ends in a “T” junction, left to Wadhurst, right to Tunbridge Wells. Go straight over through an entrance marked “private” with cast iron railings and a stone gatehouse to the left hand side of the gates and follow the drive round to the main courtyard or car park.
Although the postcode for Wadhurst Castle is TN5 6DA, some sat navs may take you to a nearby road called Castle Walk – this is incorrect as there is no access to Wadhurst Castle from there.

By Train

Wadhurst Station is on a Main Line route from London Charing Cross, Waterloo East and London Bridge – journey time approx. 1 hour – with regular trains.
Wadhurst Castle is 1 mile from the station. If you require a taxi do book this in advance.

By Air

The nearest airport is London Gatwick.

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