Costume Encounters

Hear what life was like below stairs in the early 1800s as our costume interpreters bring the Servants' Quarters to life.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

See history brought to life in front of your eyes

as the costumed interpretation team show you

what life was like 'below stairs' in the early 1800s.


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


Whole property summer, 18 Mar - 5 Nov
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £15.00 £13.50
Child £7.50 £6.75
Family £37.50 £33.60
Group Adult N/A £12.00
Winter opening 6 Nov - 1 Dec
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £8.00 £7.20
Child £4.00 £3.60
Family £20.00 £18.10
Christmas 2 Dec - 1 Jan 2018
Gift Aid Standard
Adult £12.00 £10.90
Child £6.00 £5.40
Family £30.00 £27.20

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 or
  • Standard admission

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you the Gift Aid Admission prices. But it's entirely up to you which ticket you choose. If you want the Standard Admission instead, just let us know when you come to pay.

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: Payment of the additional percentage donation is entirely voluntary, so if you prefer to pay the standard admission please advise our reception staff at the till point.

  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 donations must be supported by a valid Gift Aid declaration and a Gift Aid declaration can only cover donations made by an individual for him/herself or for him/herself and members of his/her family.

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. 




Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
26 August 2017 11:00 - 16:00 Available
27 August 2017 11:00 - 16:00 Available

Contact Info

Petworth Property Office
Call 01798 342207

Upcoming events

Snapshots in Time

Wed 23 Aug 2017
Join the 'Proud' Duke on this fun family trail as you journey back through time to discover stories from his lost garden. Share your feelings using emojis old and new.

Ancients of the Park guided walk

Wed 23 Aug 2017
Discover nearly 1,000 years of history told through the survival of the ancient trees of Petworth Park

As you like it! A Shakespearean Family Trail

Wed 23 Aug 2017
Collect a scroll and become an apprentice playwright. Name your characters and decide their fate as you explore the Mansion. Will all your characters make it to the end of the play... you decide!

Royals, Rebels and Romance Tours

Wed 23 Aug 2017
Join a free 45 minute guided tour and discover intriguing stories behind selected royal portraits from Petworth's extraordinary art collection

Summer Crafts

Thu 24 Aug 2017
On Tuesdays and Thursdays from August get creative and make some craft to take home.

Behind the Scenes Tours

Thu 24 Aug 2017
Discover some of Petworth's hidden gems with one of our knowledgeable guides on a 'behind the scenes tour'. Tours may include the bedrooms, ice house and estate offices.