Petworth House and Park

Inspired by the Baroque palaces of Europe and nestled in the South Downs, Petworth House displays one of the finest art collections in the care of the National Trust.

Petworth House and Park

What's on

Upcoming events

'We the People' exhibition

Mon 30 May 2022
10:00-17:00
See this touring exhibition celebrating volunteers on its first stop at Petworth

Lantern Making Workshop

Tue 31 May 2022
10:30-15:30
Join a local artist to create beautiful lanterns to be used in the Carnival of Lights - one of the highlights of the Chichester Culture Spark 2022

Drawing and Painting Trees in Petworth Park

Fri 03 Jun 2022
10:30-15:30
Spend a day drawing and using watercolours inspired by the magnificent trees in Petworth Park.

Volunteer Recruitment Afternoon at Petworth

Tue 07 Jun 2022
14:00-16:00
Learn all about volunteering opportunities at Petworth and discover the House and grounds

Photography - Architecture

Wed 08 Jun 2022
10:30-15:30
Be inspired and build up your photography skills in the beautiful Park and Gardens at Petworth.

Celebration Sunday: free entry for Petworth’s 75th Birthday

Sun 12 Jun 2022
10:00-17:00
Join in the birthday celebrations with family activities, tours and free entry
Petworth House and Park

Things to see and do

Petworth House and Park

Eating

Coffee cup

Feeling peckish? 

The Audit Room Café is open and serving hot and cold drinks, light snacks and a range of hot and cold food, including sandwiches, salads, jacket potatoes and hotpots. You'll also find something to satisfy your sweet tooth with different cakes and scones to choose from. Eat in or takeaway option available. We continue to maintain high standards of cleanliness and till and collection points are screened. Hand sanitiser is available should visitors wish to use it.

Petworth House and Park

Shopping

Selection of gifts including garden accessories, homeware and fashion

Shopping at Petworth House 

Take inspiration from Petworth's unique art collection and countryside landscape to find the perfect mementos to take home in our gift shop. You’ll find a range of art inspired gifts, stylish homeware, souvenirs, gardening must-haves, books to browse and locally produced products.

Petworth House and Park

History

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

A snapshot history of Petworth House and Park 

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.

A photograph of St Mary's Church in Petworth

The history of Petworth Town 

Find out more about the history of Petworth town and how it has connected to Petworth House and Park for generations. Petworth House is part of the Petworth Heritage Partnership, a celebration of the history of this remarkable town which you can explore through a virtual experience.

Petworth House and Park

Art and collections

Part of a dessert service, soft-paste porcelain, painted and gilded, made by the Sèvres factory (France), 1773-4. The Egremont Collection.

Dining in style at Petworth House 

Petworth houses some of the finest ceramics in the National Trust. Our curator and collections team previously displayed some important 18th-century European porcelain dining services on loan from The Egremont Collection. To see this collection, take a look at this online version of the tableware displays.

A photo of an open page of The 'Canterbury Tales' Chaucer manuscript at Petworth

Read a digitised version of Petworth's Chaucer manuscript 

There are incredible literary treasures at Petworth including one of the earliest copies of Chaucer's 'Canterbury Tales'. We've digitised our copy so you can explore every page here.

Our collections

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