The Story of Petworth Guided Tour

Volunteer giving talk in the Square Dining Room

Join a 45 minute guided tour of Petworth House and discover more about the people who lived at Petworth and the times they lived in, told through the art they collected.

Running Mondays to Fridays, excluding Bank Holidays, pick up your ticket on a first come, first serve basis from the Mansion Shop to join one of these free tours.

The Chapel at Petworth House

Begin your journey in the Chapel, the oldest part of the house, and discover more about the original manor house that existed here since the early 1300s and how the estates came into the hands of the Northern Percy family.

From there explore the Square Dining Room and see the portraits of further descendants of the Percy family. Here you'll find out more about the families involvement in war and politics from the 1605 Gunpowder Plot to the English Civil War that began in the 17th-century.

The Marble Hall at Petworth House and Park

The Marble Hall

Once the main entrance, called the Hall of State, a formal drive led important visitors directly into this exquisite room. This room is little changed since it was completed in 1692 for the ‘Proud’ (6th) Duke of Somerset.

Finally explore the influence of the 2nd and 3rd Earls of Egremont, direct descendants of Elizabeth Percy and the 6th Duke. In the Red Room discover one of the finest pieces of classical Greek sculpture in the National Trust and in the North Gallery see the purpose built space, designed to showcase a mixture of contemporary art as well as ancient and neo classical sculpture.