Petworth

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

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Things to see and do

Seasonal highlights

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What's on

Children playing games at Petworth House and Park

Seven fun things for families this summer

We have lots in store for families this summer at Petworth from indoor activities, outdoors trails, craft making, summer games and even things for our littlest of visitors. Here's a list of seven fun things to try this summer holiday.

Upcoming events

Snapshots in Time

Thu 27 Jul 2017
10:00-17:00
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.

Behind the Scenes Tours

Thu 27 Jul 2017
11:00-15:00
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.

As you like it! A Shakespearean Family Trail

Thu 27 Jul 2017
11:00-16:30
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

Fri 28 Jul 2017
11:30-14:30
Join a free 45 minute guided tour and discover intriguing stories behind selected royal portraits from Petworth's extraordinary art collection

Costume Encounters

Sat 29 Jul 2017
11:00-16:00
Hear what life was like below stairs in the early 1800s as our costume interpreters bring the Servants' Quarters to life.

Summer Crafts

Tue 01 Aug 2017
10:30-16:30
On Tuesdays and Thursdays from August get creative and make some craft to take home.
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Eating and shopping

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Our work

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History

These are just some of our must see items

Important figures in 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

Children enjoying a Victorian workshop

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.