Petworth House and Park

Important notice -

On Sun 23 Sept there will be disruption on the roads for the Velo South cycle event. There is access to Petworth but check the Velo South website for routes. There will be a reduced price and offer of the North Gallery, Chapel and Servants' Quarters.

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

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Things to see and do

A portrait of Elizabeth Ilive

Elizabeth Ilive - A Woman Ahead of Her Time 

Open from 5 May, discover more about Elizabeth Ilive who lived at Petworth House from the late 1780s in this interactive exhibition, part of the National Trust Women and Power programme. Explore her intellectual pursuits from fine art, invention and science and delve in to a re-imagining of the laboratory she established at Petworth.

Things to see and do inside Petworth House

Don't miss...

Seasonal highlights

An image of the oak thought to have been a sapling in 1066

Petworth's Ancient and Veteran Trees 

Find out more about some of the oldest trees in the Deer Park, some nearly 1,000 years old. From a tree that fell in the 1987 Great Storm to an Oak that denotes where a Tudor building once stood, there is plenty of history to uncover as well as gnarled and twisted trunks to discover.

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What's on

Perfect for families

What to look forward too...

Upcoming events

Incredible Inventions trail

Sat 22 Sep 2018
10:00-17:00
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 22 Sep 2018
11:00-17:00
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.

Costumed Encounters

Sat 29 Sep 2018
11:00-16:00
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.

Unlocking Petworth

Mon 01 Oct 2018
11:00-16:30
New for Petworth, take a peak inside the Cambridge Bedroom and Stone Hall in the private apartments of Petworth House.

Ilive's Hair-raising Laboratory trail

Sat 20 Oct 2018
10:00-17:00
Elizabeth Ilive loved to experiment in her science lab at Petworth. Help her before her latest spooky science experiment goes horribly wrong. Are you brave enough to help her find a solution on this frightening Halloween trail?

Halloween Crafts

Tue 23 Oct 2018
11:00-16:00
Dress to distress with your hat and broomstick or any other ghoulish disguises and make some spooktastic Halloween craft to take home.
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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.

Important moments in history

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Groups

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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.

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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.

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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 House and Park on the National Trust Collections website