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


Things to see and do

The house and upper pond at Petworth in West Sussex

An introduction to Petworth 

Find out what Petworth House and Park has to offer from its extraordinary collection and 900 years of history to its atmospheric Servants' Quarters and the 700 acre Lancelot 'Capability' Brown landscaped Deer Park.

Things to see and do inside Petworth House

Don't miss....

Outdoor seasonal highlights


What's on

Illustrations of Elizabeth Ilive at Petworth

A summer of science activities at Petworth  

From a trail all about making a weird and wonderful tool, to hands-on science workshops filled with goo, slime and bubbles as well as technology linked craft activities, we have plenty of activities during the summer holidays inspired by the pioneering achievements of Elizabeth Ilive who lived at Petworth House in the late 1780s.

Upcoming events

Incredible Inventions trail

Sat 21 Jul 2018
Follow in the footsteps of Elizabeth Ilive and become an inventor extraordinaire. Using clues around the Pleasure Grounds create an ingenious tool and claim your prize.

Exhibition: Elizabeth Ilive - A Woman Ahead of Her Time

Sat 21 Jul 2018
Discover the remarkable life and achievements of a pioneering woman who lived at Petworth around the 1800s. This interactive exhibition includes a reimagining of the laboratory she developed at Petworth.

Costume Encounters

Sat 28 Jul 2018
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.

Craft: Plan it, Build it, Test it

Wed 01 Aug 2018
Drop in for some science and technology inspired craft to take home

Science Saturdays Workshop

Sat 04 Aug 2018
Take part in spectacular science activities with exciting hands on experiments by Sublime Science.

Music in the Mansion

Sun 05 Aug 2018
Hear live Baroque Guitar music, popular in the seventeenth-century, played by Mitch Callow as you wander the state rooms of Petworth House.

Eating and shopping


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'.



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.

Important moments in history




Get involved

Volunteers welcoming visitors at Petworth House

Join in at Petworth 

Interested in trying something new? 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.



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.


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