Petworth House and Park

Important notice -

Petworth House opens on Mon 17 May. The garden, park and house are open. On weekdays you don’t need to pre-book your visit. At busier times, like weekends and school holidays, booking is recommended to guarantee entry.

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.

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Petworth House and Park

What's on 

Please book ahead before visiting

Petworth House will reopen from Mon 17 May. To avoid disappointment please book your tickets in advance by 3pm the day before your visit, especially at busier times such as weekends and bank holidays. However, where space is available on weekdays, pre-booking isn't always necessary. Members can book for free, while non-members will need to pay when booking. We’ll be releasing tickets every Friday. We look forward to welcoming you back.

Upcoming events

Timed entry to Petworth (10 May - 16 May)

Sat 15 May 2021
10:00-16:00
Book your timed entry to visit Petworth.

Timed entry to Petworth (17 May - 23 May)

Mon 17 May 2021
10:00-16:00
Book your timed entry to visit Petworth.
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Things to see and do

Young boy wearing a yellow t-shirt and green rucksack smiling at the camera while sitting on a historical rotunda with green fields in the background

May half term children's trail at Petworth

Discover the Pleasure Garden at Petworth in the footsteps of famous artists that have explored before you on this adventure for all the family. Follow the map to seek out the large picture frames located across the historic grounds, and have fun drawing everything from landscapes to portraits and nature. Sat 29 May till Sun 6 June, 10am-4pm, £2.50 per child.

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Eating

Coffee cup

Feeling peckish? 

Our Meadow Takeaway Kiosk is open in the Main Visitor Car Park and is serving a limited range of takeaway hot and cold drinks and cakes. The Audit Room Café will open from Mon 17 May. We have safety measures in place to keep our team and you safe including screens at our till and collection point, and way marked routes. We’ll also only be accepting card payment. We look forward to welcoming you on your next visit. ​

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Shopping

The Servants' Quarters gift shop at Petworth

Servants' Quarters Shop 

Our shop is back open again so why not pop in on your visit and take inspiration from Petworth's unique art collection and landscape to find the perfect mementos and gifts.

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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 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.

Close view of a sculpture bust and picture frames in the North Gallery at Petworth House, West Sussex

Petworth House downloadable house tour 

Discover more about Petworth House with our downloadable house tour. The tour will give you an overview of the history of the house and family as well as pointing out highlights in the collection.

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Our work

Historic brick stable buildings at Petworth

Repairs to the historic stable roof at Petworth  

The roof of the historic stables at Petworth House has partially collapsed and needs essential repairs and maintenance carried out. We want to save this historic structure from collapse and - as the building runs alongside the road - it needs an immediate response for safety. Unfortunately, this means a road closure at Park Road and diversion to the one-way system for one month starting on Mon 17 May 2021.

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Art and collections

The Molyneux globe in the North Gallery at Petwoth House

Molyneux globe at Petworth House 

Made in 1592, this world-class object on view in Petworth's Red Room, is thought to be the earliest English terrestrial globe in existence and at its time would have been the most up to date representation of how the world was understood.

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.

Characters from Spenser's Faery Queen watercolour by William Blake (detail)

William Blake's dreamy rendering of The Faerie Queene 

Epic and intricate, The Faerie Queene dazzled Queen Elizabeth I when it was published. Nearly 250 years later, William Blake painted the poem’s characters in ethereal watercolours. But what do the characters represent, and how does Blake illustrate them?

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