Visiting Petworth House and Park: What you need to know

The house and upper pond at Petworth in West Sussex

We look forward to welcoming you to Petworth House and Park - no booking is required. Here's some helpful information about what to expect, and what is on offer when you visit.

Visiting Petworth House and Pleasure Garden 

We’re open seven days a week, 363 days of the year and you don’t need to book your visit in advance. Closed 24/25 December.

  • Entry is free for members, but please bring your membership card with you. Non-members will need to pay to enter.  

  • Parking for the house and garden is at the main car park. Parking is free for members, and £4 (not included in the ticket price) for non-members. This can be paid by cash at the pay machines, via card at visitor reception or using a PayByPhone contactless service (location number 803377). Instructions are on a sign in the car park.   

  • Dogs on short leads are welcome in the Pleasure Garden.

  • Assistance dogs only in the House and Historic Kitchens.

Petworth House and Park, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 9LR 

What rooms are open?

Thursday 21 April – Sunday 30 October 

Rooms open to view: Oak Hall, Somerset Room, Square Dining Room, Marble Hall, Beauty Room, Grand Staircase, Little Dining Room, Carved Room, Red Room, North Gallery and Chapel.  

Visiting the White and Gold Room & the White Library 

From Monday 9 May, the above rooms will be open to visit on Mondays only (not including Bank Holidays) from 1:45pm – 4:30pm. The last day of opening for 2022 is Monday 24 October. 

Seeing the bedrooms 

From Tuesday 3 May, the private guest bedrooms at Petworth House will be open to view on Tuesdays only from 10.30am – 1:45pm. The last day of opening for 2022 is Tuesday 25 October. 

Please note the private guest bedrooms will be closed on Tuesday 5th July.

The Grand Staircase of Petworth House featuring murals on the ceilings and walls by Louis Laguerre
The Grand Staircase of Petworth House
The Grand Staircase of Petworth House featuring murals on the ceilings and walls by Louis Laguerre

Sharing information about the collection

Unfortunately, we aren’t able to share information in the same ways we were before the pandemic as the safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers is our priority, which means we are not able to have our room information folders out currently. However, we have introduced a free downloadable house tour, which shares highlights from the collection, and there are free highlight leaflets that visitors can pick up when entering the house and keep. In each room there is also an introductory panel giving an overview of that space and there are Room Guides throughout the house who are able to share information on the collection. Our Petworth House guide book is also available to purchase from the shop which lists the collection room by room.

Visiting Petworth Deer Park 

The Deer Park is open seven days a week and you don’t need to book your visit in advance.

  • The deer park is open from 8am-8pm (closes 6pm from 30 October) daily, and there is no entry fee.  

  • Parking is at the North Car Park, located further north along the A283 from the main car park for Petworth House. Please be aware that the car park is small and can fill up early on sunny weekend days. If it is full on arrival then we ask people to return at a quieter time or to park in one of the town car parks and enter the park via one of the pedestrian gates. 

  • Parking in the North Car Park is free for members, and £3 for non-members. This can be paid by a PayByPhone contactless service (location number 803378). Instructions are on a sign in the car park.  

  • Please note there are no facilities in the park, such as toilets, but there are some in the town car park.  

  • Dogs are welcome in the park and may be let off the lead as long as they remain under close supervision. Please be aware and mindful of the large number of fallow deer that live in the park.  

  • Please follow the Countryside Code when you visit. 

Looking south east, towards the house, from the Concave, at Petworth House and Park
Looking south east, towards the house on a summer day, from the Concave, at Petworth House and Park
Looking south east, towards the house, from the Concave, at Petworth House and Park

Eating and Shopping 

The Audit Room Café is open from 10:30am-4pm, and serving a selection of hot and cold food and drinks, along with light snacks. Petworth's shop and second-hand bookshop are open from 10:30am-4:30pm. Payments by card is preferred but cash is accepted.

Staying Safe

To help keep everyone safe, please follow the latest guidance on your visit. And look out for signs while you’re here which will explain any changes to how you can access different parts of the site. 

If you’re showing any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or if you've been in contact with anyone that has the virus in the last 14 days, please don’t visit.

Accessibility 

  • The Pleasure Garden is partly accessible, with some slopes and undulating terrain. There are benches available in the garden, but please be aware they are spread across the 50 acres.
  • Disabled parking spaces are available in the main car park, please note it is a distance of approximately 700m to the house. 
  • A mobility vehicle is in operation transporting visitors when required from the car park to the house courtyard.
  • Accessible toilets are available in the car park and Servants' Quarters toilet blocks. Please do ask a member of the visitor reception team upon arrival if you have any queries. A few manual wheelchairs are also available to borrow.
  • Rooms open to visitors in Petworth House are on the ground floor.
  • Assistance dogs are welcome in the House and Historic Kitchens.