Heritage Open Day

The Old Library at Petworth

Take part in Britain's largest festival of history and culture that brings together over 2,500 organisations to celebrate the country's rich and diverse heritage. Visit Petworth free of charge on Saturday 9 September and join in on some unique activities for Heritage Open Day.

The 3rd Earl of Egremont (1751-1837) of Petworth was a passionate art collector and patron of the famous British artist JMW Turner. Turner visited Petworth frequently during the 1820s and 1830s painting various commissions made by the 3rd Earl.

To celebrate Heritage Open Day join a tour of the upstairs Old Library that was used as a studio by Turner to paint his works of Petworth.

On your visit, wander the mansion at your leisure and see some of the paintings by Turner including two of the park displayed in the Carved Room.

In the state rooms we've also highlighted the team's favourite items with some further details on what makes them so special to us.

Visit on 9 September and join the festival expressing the love we share for our heritage.

Please be aware spaces on the tours are limited and provided on a first come first serve basis.