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West Sussex, GU28 0AE

01798 342207

01798 342963

Listed By

William Donelson

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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Coffee Shop, Shop and Pleasure Grounds
11 Jan - 14 Mar 10.30-3.30pm Saturday - Saturday
15 Mar - 5 Nov 10.30-5pm (Pleasure Grounds 6pm) Saturday - Saturday
6 Nov - 31 Dec 10.30-3.30pm (closed 24 & 25 Dec) Saturday - Saturday

Parties/Coaches: Yes
Group Appointment: Yes
House Open for Viewing: Yes

15 Mar - 5 Nov 11-5pm last entry 4pm Saturday - Wednesday (open on Thurs-Fri for guided snapshot tours only) Please note: extra rooms shown weekdays from 1 (not BH Mons) as follows. Mon: White and Gold Room and White Library. Tues/Wed: three bedrooms on first floor. Last admission 30mins before closing

National Garden Scheme days: No
Best Times of Year to Visit:

Spring May Autumn

To see:

Daffodils and Bluebells Azaleas and Rhododendrons Colours

Admission Prices

Gift Aid Admission (Standard Admission prices in brackets) House and grounds: adult £14 (£12.50), child £7 (£6.20), family £35 (£31.20).

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: Yes
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: No
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: Yes
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: No
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Picnics: Yes
Special Events: Yes
Other Facilities & Comments:

NB Limited Disabled access, wheelchairs available to rent from reception. Only assistance dogs allowed in Pleasure Grounds

Garden Features & Events

Magnificent country house and park with an internationally important art collection; Set in a 'Capability' Brown landscaped deer park; The Trust's largest art collection; Numerous works by Turner; Petworth itself was immortalised in his paintings; Fascinating servants' quarters with a 'state of the art' Victorian kitchen; Intricate wooden carvings by Grinling Gibbons in the Carved Room

In the Frame
February: Mon 17, Tues 18 and Wed 19, sessions at 11am-12.30pm and 2-3.30pm
Climb through a giant picture frame, enter an art gallery and add your pictures to the walls, create a 3D self-portrait and design a sparkly picture frame.
£5 per child, booking essential on 01798 342207

Mrs Brown's country house kitchen
April: Fri 11 - Sun 13, 11am-3pm
Our housekeeper will be re-creating recipes from the Petworth archive in the atmospheric Historic Kitchens.
Normal admission charges apply

Nest Egg - Cadbury's Easter trail
April: Mon 7 - Mon 21, 10.30am-3.30pm
Go on a free-range Easter adventure, make a fluffy Easter chick with nest and follow the trail to collect a Cadbury's chocolate egg.
£4 per Easter trail

April: Sat 26 and Sun 27, 11am-3pm
May: Sat 17 and Sun 18, 11am-3pm
Catch evocative glimpses, and overhear conversations between our 1820's costumed servants as they go about their daily work.
Normal admission charges apply

Night at the museum
May: Fri 16, 5.30-7.30pm
Surprise encounters with statues, portraits and ghosts. Light snack and drink provided. Suitable for children aged 7-12yrs
Child £10, adult £5, booking essential on 01798 342207

The Petworth Park 10k
May: Wed 21, 5-9.30pm (race starts promptly at 7.15pm)
A two lap, 10k race for enthusiasts and athletes alike. Food and drinks available, spectators welcome.
£14, booking essential on 0844 249 1895

May: Mon 26, Tues 27 and Wed 28, sessions at 11am-12.30pm and 2-3.30pm
Build a 5* 'buglins' hotel, make a 3D beast, and decorate a pair of butterfly wings to fly away with. £5 per child, booking essential on 01798 342207

Spring dig
May: Mon 26 - Sat 31, 10:30am-4pm
At the start of our second season of archaeological excavations, meet the diggers, see the finds, and tour the trenches Free

Wild! In the Park
May: Thu 29 and Fri 30, 10.30am-12.30pm
Start ticking off some of your 50 things with tree climbing, den building and bug hunting.
£2 per child (must be accompanied by an adult), booking essential on 01798 342207

Pond life
May: Thu 29 and Fri 30, 2-3.30pm
Come face to face with creatures that live in our lake.
£2 per child (must be accompanied by an adult), booking essential on 01798 342207

English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade:
National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:

Horse Guards Inn, Tillington


Petworth House restauant

Inns & Pubs:

Stonemasons Arms - Petworth Halfway Bridge Inn, Halfway Bridge Black Horse, Byworth

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:


Description of Garden

The Pleasure Ground is a woodland garden covering 30 acres set in 700 acres of parkland . It incorporates styles from the 16th, 18th and 20th century. A plantation of trees was laid out as the Wizard Earl's Birchen Walks; the temple and rotunda was sited by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown and there have been more recent plantings of specimen trees and shrubs. Winding paths meander among mature and juvenile woodland which in Spring is transformed by an amazing display of daffodils, bluebells and blossom. Wild flower meadows team with Wood Anemones, fritillaries and orchids and the Autumn colour, courtesy of plant material specifically chosen for optimum effect, make the pleasure ground a garden with interest virtually all year round.

History Of Garden

The garden was originally created by 9th Earl of Northumberland - the Wizard Earl, in 1585. He also made the Birchen Walks. Between 1688-93 George London worked on the design of the garden and this was further adapted by 'Capability' Brown between 1751-64.

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