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Notice: Please note that due to filming in the house on Friday 1st August, limited Snapshot tours will be available. For further information, please call 01798 342207.
Magnificent country house and park with an internationally important art collection
The vast late 17th-century mansion is set in a beautiful 283-hectare (700-acre) deer park, landscaped by 'Capability' Brown and immortalised in Turner's paintings.
Inside, the house contains the National Trust's finest collection of pictures, with numerous works by Turner, Van Dyck, Reynolds and Blake, ancient and Neo-classical sculpture, fine furniture and carvings by Grinling Gibbons.
The servants' quarters contain fascinating kitchens (including a copper batterie de cuisine of more than 1,000 pieces) and other service rooms.
The Petworth Plays
Mon 21 - Fri 25 July, 7pm & 8.45pm
The Petworth Plays are a unique set of Jacobean dramas that have been in the Egremont family collection since the 17th century. Excerpts from the plays will be performed as a highlight of this years Petworth Festival.
Adults £20, 18 and under, £5.
Unearthing hidden histories
From 12 to 20 July, a specialist excavation team will be exploring the historic Parkland in search of Henry VIII’s reputed Banqueting House.
For the second year running the summer 'Big Dig' - part of the wider national Festival of Archaeology - will be led by West Sussex & South Downs Archaeologist Tom Dommett and will take place in Petworth Park, just a short walk from the magnificent mansion house.
You will meet with archaeologists, tour the site, handle finds and travel back in time with living history specialists, demonstrating the crafts and lifestyles of the period. For younger explorers, the Archaeology Trail will literally walk through the history of the park, while those of you that visit the main house can discover more about the 2013 excavations in the exhibition room.
Admission to the parkland and 'Big Dig' site is free.
Normal House admission charges apply if you wish to visit the house.