Petworth House and Park

Important notice -

House & Pleasure Garden are open for pre-booked visitors; you will be turned away without a booking. North Car Park for deer park is open & does not require pre-booking. Face coverings will be required to enter the House & toilets from 8th Aug

Inspired by the Baroque palaces of Europe and nestled in the South Downs, Petworth House displays the finest art collection 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, the Pleasure gardens, and toilets have now reopened. You’ll need to book your tickets by 3.00pm the day before your visit. Members can book for free, while non-members will need to pay when booking. We'll be releasing tickets every Friday. Please note we’ll be turning people away who arrive and haven't booked. We're looking forward to welcoming you back. The Deer Park can be accessed using the North Car Park or on foot without needing to book,

Upcoming events

Timed entry to Petworth (10 August - 16 August)

Wed 12 Aug 2020
14:00-14:30
Book your timed entry to visit Petworth.
Painting of cornfields by Edward Wilkins Waite

The Petworth Park Antiques and Fine Art Fair  

The Petworth Park Antiques & Fine Art Fair now hopes to open from 11 to 13 September. Please continue to check this site though, as the situation may change, depending on Government advice. Find out more here, including details on exhibitors, parking and tickets.

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Things to see and do

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Eating

Woman holding takeaway hot drink

Feeling peckish? 

Our takeaway food kiosk will open on 13 July and will initially be serving a limited range of takeaway hot and cold drinks and some light snacks. We’ve introduced new safety measures including closure of our seating areas, screens at our till and collection points, and waymarked routes. We’ll also only be accepting card payment. We look forward to welcoming you back and know that you’ll support us to make this a safe experience for everyone. ​

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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.

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Join or give

The West front of Petworth House

Dedicate a donation to Petworth House 

You can continue to support Petworth House & Park by dedicating a donation to someone special and adding your precious memories to our interactive map. A perfect way to celebrate a special occasion, such as a birthday or anniversary, your donation will help us continue to care for Petworth House & Park.

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Art and collections

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 recently redisplayed some important 18th-century European porcelain dining services on loan from The Egremont Collection. While Petworth House is closed, and at a time when many more of us are dining at home, we have created this online version of the tableware displays for you to enjoy.

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.

The Molyneux Globe in the North Gallery at Petwoth House

The Molyneux Globe at Petworth House 

Made in 1592, this world-class object on view in the North Gallery 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.

2019 #Askacurator day

You asked - our curators answered 

On September 18th, we took part in 2019's #AskACurator day, a social media event brought to life to encourage dialogue between the public and museum curators all over the world. We received some fantastic questions, which Tatjana LeBoff, Assistant Curator at Petworth and Richard Ashbourne, Assistant Curator for London and South East, have answered for you.

Our collections

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