Life Below Stairs Guided Tour

Find out more about servant working life on one of these free 45-minute guided tours. See spaces in the Servants' Quarters not normally open to the public and discover some of the tasks and chores and people that worked at Petworth.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Find out more about working servant life on one of these guided tours of the Servants' Quarters. Running three times a day and subject to availability, discover some of the tasks, chores and people that worked at Petworth.

Prices

Event ticket prices
This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
View admission charges
Petworth

Prices

Main season: 26 March - 3 November
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £15.90 £14.40
Child £8.00 £7.20
Family £39.80 £36.00
Group Adult N/A £13.50
Winter 4 November - 31 December
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £13.20 £12.00
Child £6.60 £6.00
Family £33.00 £30.00

What is Gift Aid?

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points.

Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

  • Gift Aid Admission
  • Standard Admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you a clear choice between the Gift Aid Admission prices and the Standard Admission prices at the admission point. It's entirely up to you which ticket you choose.

Gift Aid Admission includes a 10 per cent or more voluntary donation. Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below:

  Gift Aid Standard
Amount paid by visitor £11.00 £10.00
Tax refund from Government* £2.75 £0.00
Total received by the National Trust £13.75 £10.00

 

*Gift Aid Admissions let us reclaim tax on the whole amount paid - an extra 25 per cent - potentially a very significant boost to our places' funds.

Please note...

Please note the Pleasure Grounds are now included in the admission charge to the property. 

Car parking charge is £4, free to NT members. 

 

 

 

The basics

Suitability
Assistance dogs are welcome.
Meeting point
Pick up your tour ticket from mansion shop Tickets available on a first come first served basis.
Accessibility
The tours require the use of stairs in the historic spaces
Other
Times of tours are dependent on volunteer availability. Please check with reception on arrival for information.

Times

Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
27 August 2019 11:30 - 14:00 Available
28 August 2019 11:30 - 14:00 Available
29 August 2019 11:30 - 14:00 Available
3 September 2019 11:30 - 14:00 Available
4 September 2019 11:30 - 14:00 Available
5 September 2019 11:30 - 14:00 Available
10 September 2019 11:30 - 14:00 Available
11 September 2019 11:30 - 14:00 Available
12 September 2019 11:30 - 14:00 Available
17 September 2019 11:30 - 14:00 Available
18 September 2019 11:30 - 14:00 Available
19 September 2019 11:30 - 14:00 Available
24 September 2019 11:30 - 14:00 Available
25 September 2019 11:30 - 14:00 Available
26 September 2019 11:30 - 14:00 Available
1 October 2019 11:30 - 14:00 Available
2 October 2019 11:30 - 14:00 Available
3 October 2019 11:30 - 14:00 Available
8 October 2019 11:30 - 14:00 Available
9 October 2019 11:30 - 14:00 Available

See more

Contact Info

Name
Petworth Property Office
Email
petworth@nationaltrust.org.uk
Telephone
Call 01798 342207

Upcoming events

Petworth Plant Hunters Summer Trail

Thu 22 Aug 2019
10:00-17:00
Go on a journey around the Pleasure Ground and discover more about the trees and plants that call Petworth home. There's change happening at Petworth to remodel the gardens back to how they once were and we need your help.

Wings and Whiskers Trail

Thu 22 Aug 2019
11:00-17:00
Go on a trail both indoors and out and meet some of the animals of Petworth. From the deer to the bats and even the animals immortalised in art, can you find them all?

The Story of Petworth Guided Tour

Fri 23 Aug 2019
12:30-14:30
Join a 45 minute guided tour of Petworth House and discover more about the people who lived at Petworth and the times they lived in, told through the art they collected.

Life Below Stairs Guided Tour

Tue 27 Aug 2019
11:30-14:00
Find out more about servant working life on one of these free 45-minute guided tours. See spaces in the Servants' Quarters not normally open to the public and discover some of the tasks and chores and people that worked at Petworth.

Costumed Encounters

Sat 31 Aug 2019
11:00-16:00
Hear what life was like below stairs in the early 1800s as our costume team bring the Historic Kitchens to life carrying out daily tasks just as the servants would have done.

Unlocking Petworth

Mon 02 Sep 2019
10:00-17:00
Take a peek inside the Cambridge Bedroom, Stone Hall and Chamber Landing in the private apartments of Petworth House.