Petworth

A stately mansion nestled in the South Downs housing the finest art collection in the care of the National Trust.

More about this place

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Things to see and do

Seasonal highlights

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What's on

A prototype of the set design for Oak Hall at Christmas

Christmas at Petworth

Visit Petworth this festive season for a Grand Tour Christmas inside the mansion from 2 December to 1 January 2018. See rooms decorated to represent different countries of Europe at Christmas as we bring their traditions to life with a timeless twist.

Upcoming events

Spotlight on Conservation

Tue 21 Nov 2017
11:00-15:30
This winter the Estate Offices will be open for visitors to see what goes on behind the scenes to care for the Petworth House collection over the winter months.

Mixed Emotions Exhibition

Tue 21 Nov 2017
11:00-16:30
A photographic exhibition displaying selected submissions by the public to illustrate the deep and varying emotional appeal Petworth has for visitors.

Treasuring Petworth Tours

Tue 21 Nov 2017
11:30-12:15
Book on arrival and join a free 45 minute guided tour of select rooms in the Mansion during the winter clean and discover some of Petworth's treasures. To carry out this conservation work access to the Mansion is by tour only.

A Winter's Trail

Sat 02 Dec 2017
10:00-15:30
Wrap up warm this season exploring the Pleasure Grounds and discover what winter means to Petworth as a family.

Petworth: A Grand Tour Christmas

Sat 02 Dec 2017
11:00-15:30
Venture on an imagined Grand Tour of Europe in selected state rooms in the mansion.

William Blake in Sussex: Visions of Albion

Sat 13 Jan 2018
10:30-14:15
Celebrating Blake's three years in Sussex, the only place outside of London where he ever lived, this unique exhibition features over 50 loans from such prestigious collections as the British Museum, V&A and Tate.
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Eating and shopping

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Our work

Macbeth and the Witches (from William Shakespeare's 'Macbeth') (unfinished) by Sir Joshua Reynolds PRA (Plympton 1723 - London 1792)

The Reynolds 'Macbeth and the Witches' painting restored 

Discover the colossal conservation work that we undertake at Petworth and watch this time lapse video of the restoration of the gigantic Reynolds masterpiece 'Macbeth and the Witches'.

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History

View of Petworth, West Sussex, seen over the lake, part of the Capability Brown landscaped parkland.

A snapshot history of Petworth

Find out more about the history of Petworth from the family tree to the history of the building and even the story about the transformation of the formal garden to parkland.

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Groups

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Get involved

Volunteers welcoming visitors at Petworth House

Join in at Petworth 

Looking for a new you in the New Year? You can support the National Trust, meet plenty of new people, learn new skills as well as gain and share valuable experience if you become a volunteer with us.

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Learning

Find out about our workshops 

At Petworth we currently have five workshops exploring different aspects of the curriculum. Learn more about using the setting of Petworth as a classroom.

Important moments in history

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Art and collections

These are just some of our must see items

Our collections

Explore the objects and works of art we care for at Petworth on the National Trust Collections website