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

Seasonal highlights


What's on

A family exploring the park in autumn at Petworth

Four fun things for families to do at Petworth

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

Upcoming events

As you like it! A Shakespearean Family Trail

Wed 20 Sep 2017
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!

Behind the Scenes Tours

Thu 21 Sep 2017
Discover some of Petworth's hidden gems with one of our knowledgeable guides on a 'behind the scenes tour'. Tours include the bedrooms or estate offices.

A spook-tastic Hallowe'en trail

Sat 21 Oct 2017
The three witches have escaped from their painting and are causing a trail of toil around Petworth. Are you brave enough to help find and return them?

The Petworth Academy for Witches and Wizards

Mon 23 Oct 2017
Join the Petworth Academy and create some spellbinding craft to graduate with flying colours.

Mixed Emotions Exhibition

Sat 28 Oct 2017
A photographic exhibition displaying selected submissions by the public to illustrate the deep and varying emotional appeal Petworth has for visitors.

Spotlight on Conservation

Mon 06 Nov 2017
This winter the Historic Kitchen will be open for visitors to see what goes on behind the scenes to care for the Petworth House collection over the winter months.

Eating and shopping


Our work



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.




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.



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

Important figures in history

Our collections

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