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Penshurst, Tonbridge,
Kent, TN11 8DG

01892 870307


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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

Please check with garden owners or their website to confirm current dates open
Weekends from 19th Feb - 27th Mar and daily from 28th March to 31st Oct; 10.30am - 6pm.
Last admission 5pm.
Also half-term 21st - 25th Feb, 10.30am - 4.30pm or dusk if earlier. House closed these dates

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

Opens as above (except half-term in Feb), 12 noon - 4pm.

National Garden Scheme days: No
Best Times of Year to Visit:
To see:
Admission Prices

Adult, Gardens only: £7.80, House & garden £9.80;
Child (5-16): Garden only £5.80, House & garden £6.20;
Family (2A + 2C): garden only £23, House & garden £26;
Cyclists family, £19, gardens only, £22 for house & gardens.
Max 2 children under 5 free per adult, thereafter £2.50 per child
Garden season £41 for gardens.
Family season £67
House tours: Adults £9.50; Child £5;
Garden tours: Adults £9.50; Child £6; Combined Adults £15; Child £9;
Non-guided visit to house & garden: Adults £7.50, Child £4.50, Gardens only: Adults £6.50, Child £4
Tours with Head Gardener: additional £65 per group

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:

Disabled access to gardens only. Armada at Penshurst Place - 26th & 27th March

Garden Features & Events

100m Long Paeony Border Union Flag garden (2 acres) Individual garden rooms within the 10 acre walled Tudor garden. Restoration of 80-yard Double Herbaceous Border to the design of George Carter, Gold Medallist at Chelsea

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

Hotels & Accommodation:

Hotel Du Vin, Royal Tunbridge Wells Danehurst House, Royal Tunbridge Wells

Inns & Pubs:

Leicester Arms, Penshurst

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

Sevenoaks Tonbridge Tunbridge Wells

Description of Garden

One of the oldest gardens in private ownership, it remains much as it was when constructed by Sir Henry Sidney in the Elizabethan era. Central to his ambitious project was the creation of the acclaimed Italian Garden, which involved shifting thousands of tons of earth and building an ingenious system of walls and terraces.

After this era of activity and abundance, there followed a period of neglect when lack of funds meant the garden slipped into decline. On inheriting the house in 1851, the 2nd Lord De L'Isle and Dudley set about restoring the formality of his ancestor's garden. He planted a mile of yew hedge, dividing the garden and orchards into a series of small self-contained garden rooms, each with its own style and character. A further period of decay during the Second World War paved the way for the 1st Viscount De L'Isle, VC, KG, to revive and develop the garden rooms further, using some of the leading British designers of the time.

Today, the 11-acre formal walled gardens offer an abundance of variety in form, foliage and bloom throughout the year. From spring flowering bulbs, through fragrant summer roses and exuberant herbaceous borders, to mellow orchard fruits. The garden culminates in a vivid blaze of autumnal colour before the winter starkness reveals its original shape and structure.

History Of Garden

There has been a garden at Penshurst since the 14th century - earliest records show 1346. The gardens were laid out in Tudor times and have remained remarkably true to this design. More recently, borders by Lanning Roper and John Codrington have been created. A garden for the blind has been taken from that shown at the Chelsea Flower Show in 1994.