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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

Petworth Plays rehearsing on the West Front for the Petworth Festival 2014  © National Trust / Jo Lee

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.

For more information, please visit the Petworth Festival website or click here to hear from the Director, Tam Williams.

Adults £20, 18 and under, £5.

Book tickets online now.

Unearthing hidden histories

Petworth Big Dig - Children digging a trench on Lawn Hill

Petworth Big Dig - Children digging a trench on Lawn Hill

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.

Snapshot tours

Discover more about our fascinating history by joining one of our special 'Snapshot Tours' on Thursdays and Fridays from March to October.

Collection highlights


You can admire objects from our world-famous collection online. Or come and see us for a closer look.

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