Petworth House and Park
Petworth House and Park
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Step inside the 17th-century mansion and discover a treasure house filled with an internationally important art and sculpture collection.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • RDW
    Worthing, United Kingdom131 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Day Out
    Highly recommend Petworth House. Excellent place to visit - lots of grounds. The paintings are wonderful and we really enjoyed the kitchen area. The guides are great they are very enthusiastic, helpful and extremely knowledgeable . We had a talk on Turner from one of the guides.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 17 August 2023
  • papaglowing
    27 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    A dismal Mausoleum
    Let me give you the good bits first. The grounds are a magnificent parkland. with wonderful trees with lots of good walking and on school holidays a big of effort is made for children's activities. The staff are superb, caring and helpful. .The restaurant/canteen is excellent, cheaper than the RHS with better food offerings. As to the house itself, it is boring decorated with lots of paintings that are dull and dismal until the guide light s them up with a torch, A few are already lit up. One picture that interested me was of A Mrs Bishop by William Owen (1769- 1825) was almost unviewable until the guide shone his torch on it to reveal dazzling colour. So sad. I am aware that this establishment is run on a shoe string, but to keep visitor, a better show is required. Historically Petworth House is essential to the NT. So please sell off those units that are not earning their keep, regardless
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 September 2023
  • GlobetrottingViking
    Thatcham, United Kingdom3,215 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historic Art Collection
    This was only my third visit to Petworth after visits in 1989 and 2004. Historic sites like this do not change much, of course, but it was lovely to come back after nearly 20 years and again enjoy the unrivalled art collection that the house contains. I am particularly drawn to the Turner painting, of which there are several. But there are hundreds of paintings as well as antique furniture and statues. Each room has some booklets which explain each painting or artifact of significance, which I find helpful. One should combine the visit to the house with a walk in the extended grounds. It was lovely to witness the park's deer quietly grazing in the distance. I hope I won't have to wait another 20 years for my next visit. But I hope the house renovations will be completed and the scaffolding removed.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 10 September 2023
  • Roland
    Reading, United Kingdom19 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Incredible House , Art Collection and Gardens.
    Where to begin ! Absolutely stunning imposing property brought to life by some charming and knowledgeable NT guides. An art collection of great importance with real works of art at every turn. Stunning gardens, we were lucky to have come on the first cooler day for a while. A big hitter in the NT portfolio, we loved it !
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 September 2023
  • Adventurers049
    Brisbane, Australia3,454 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow!
    What an amazing place! The house is grand on a grand scale. The art hanging on the walls is amazing with works by Reynold, Turner, Gainsborough, van Dyck etc. Then there are the sculptures! Not to mention the painted ceiling and staircase walls! The kitchens are also amazing.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 September 2023
  • Susan M
    Faversham, United Kingdom102 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice way to spend a day!
    Enjoyed a nice day wandering around. Grounds are lovely. It was good to see the deer roaming about. The old kitchens were very interesting, and the volunteers very knowledgeable and lovely. Decent cafe with a gluten free option for cake.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 October 2023
  • Pisces232
    Worthing, United Kingdom842 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent place to visit if you like art and history.
    Petworth house cannot be missed if you’re in Petworth, as it is so large. Parking is available within the grounds but it can get very busy so sometimes there is no room available. It is possible to park your car in some nearby roads. Petworth House offers experience of the historic house, the beautiful grounds with a large pond full of ducks and swans, as well as a deer park. There is a wonderful park with splendid trees and flowers. All is well kept. The house is full of history when you enter and has many old paintings and statues. There is even a very old chapel to see as well as the staff’s kitchen. 10 minute guided tours in some of the rooms are available and there are lots of staff to answer any questions that you may have. Many refreshment cafes, souvenir shops, ice cream stalls and toilets are available.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 October 2023
  • lapelegrina
    London, United Kingdom22 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not the best NT experience
    Wish the 1st floor rooms were available for viewing. I find the concept of it being a private house, charging the entrance fee, banning photography and asking for donations at the same time rather odd. Art collection is very large, lost of beautiful family portraits which are difficult to see high up on the walls. Not enough info folders, I could not get one in the sculpture hall so left with unanswered questions about several pieces there, which was a shame, as I have travelled from London on public transport to see the house (no easy thing).
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 12 October 2023
  • rvic007uk
    Brighton, United Kingdom398 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    artwork and deers aplenty
    absolutely stunning building and grounds, one of the national trusts bests imo. the artwork collection was insane, the cafe was banging and the GROUNDS, oh my. Saw so many deer and white stags too
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 16 November 2023
  • Martin H
    Stockport, United Kingdom639 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Big in all senses
    A big house with extensive grounds hosting the largest National Trust art collection. There are major associations with Turner ( as in the film Mr Turner) but other significant artists are present ( I liked the one attributed to Bosch) and there is the famous carved room by Gibbons. Extensive tea rooms. House is a little way & slightly uphill from the extensive car park so ask at reception if one of your party has mobility problems - there is transport available.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 19 November 2023
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Alex
Portslade, UK5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
We live about 45 minutes away from Petworth and visit annually in October to watch the stags rutting. It’s always a treat as the scenery is beautiful and the herds massive so you rarely miss a few sparring sessions on your walk around the grounds. Visit on a sunny day with a picnic and you’ll have a very relaxing time.

Must warn any visitors though that unless you like old paintings, the house itself is definitely not worth the price of admission as it’s pretty much just an art gallery. The formal gardens also are not going to blow your socks off either but are nice enough.

The deer park is definitely the highlight of this place but in my view well worth the drive on its own.
Written 23 October 2020
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Mudefordquay
New Milton, UK17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2021
This is a lovely day out and when I visited the main gate wouldn't open either. Is this a regular occurrence? I drove to the deer park, but fortunately by the time my friend had arrived the gate had opened. The alternative to parking at the deer park ( approx 45 mins walk, I was told) is to park in the town centre. ( £2.20 all day). If you don't have a NT membership it is £4 all day at the house and £3 at the deer park. The deer park closes at 8pm but the house closes earlier. The house is very close to the town, walk through the cafe and there's a door which leads to the main road, crossover and walk down the cobbled lane and carry straight on and you'll reach the car park.

I went on a Monday and it was hard to find anything open. Probably just as easy to eat/drink in the cafe. But we took a picnic.

The volunteers are very knowledgeable and helpful, but there is a guide which you can download. Upstairs wasn't open, but lots of paintings to look at. The surrounding countryside is lovely and it would make a great location for a short break.
Written 12 September 2021
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Wendy C
130 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Friends
We thoroughly enjoyed our visit to the house. Whilst the outside of the building is uninspiring, the inside is a veritable mecca for art lovers. Each room is packed with original paintings by famous artists. One room has dozens of wonderful sculptures. The private chapel is impressive. The volunteer staff were knowlegeable and friendly.
I would have welcomed a guide book to take away and read at my leisure but, disappointingly, they had none. I didn't understand the explanation it was because of covid and cross-contamination: one usually keeps hold of a guide book and takes it home 🤔
We walked a little around the lovely grounds but the weather was too inclement to explore too far. We'll definitely return to explore further.
Parking advice: The road leading to the car park at the top of the hill was closed so we parked in the town centre car park then walked a short distance up to the lower entrance, right next to the house. This had two advantages: the walk from the car to the house was much shorter than the walk would have been from the official car park AND it was much cheaper! The official car park charges £4 for non-National Trust members whilst the town car park cost us £1.60 for all day!
Written 18 May 2021
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friendlytraveller22
Southampton, UK208 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Loved the servants quarters and kitchens- had a nice
coffee and scone in cafe Fabulous art collection and chapel but not a lot
to see apart from lake and extensive grounds. I thought the house looked sad and unloved with no wow factor compared to other historical homes. Staff friendly and informative. Being NT member didn’t pay entry or parking but would recommend others to visit although I wouldn’t return .
Written 5 February 2020
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Jasmine38Chichester UK
Chichester, UK1,943 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
An interesting place to visit, full of history but somewhat limited at the moment as not all the rooms are open and there isn't much information as most of it has been removed because of Covid. Nevertheless, there are docents in each room to answer questions and the impressive kitchens are still open, aswell as the Chapel.

The grounds, with lake and deer park are huge with beautiful, peaceful views and you can spend several hours on a countryside hike, although there is little in the way of
planted/flowering gardens.

Both cafes and the shop are open. Parking is an extra £4 unless you are a NT member, in which case its complimentary. Note, when planning a visit that the grounds close at 4.30pm and you need to exit the car park no later than 5pm. Suggest you allow at least 3 hours if you want to include walking around the grounds (the perimeter walk is 3 miles).

I'd like to go back to see the rest of the house and get more information about the house and history in due course.
Written 1 June 2021
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gavandstace
Horsham, UK903 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Fantastic walk on a cold January morning set in the beautiful South Downs. As expected the paths were quite boggy and the car park was bedlam, you do need to pay £3 for parking if you’re not a national trust member. Would definitely recommend arriving early to get a space on a sunny day :)
Written 19 January 2020
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Elaine Harris
22 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Couples
I loved the art work, didn’t mind the subdued lighting and I was impressed by the guides. This is a fine wide- ranging collection so, to some extent, I can understand the hefty prices of entry. What I found inexcusable was the poor level of services - no cafe and lengthy queues for overpriced beverages in paper cups. Add to this the shoddy state of the building and one senses a complacency about the running this property. We left exhausted and thirsty but unable to spare the time to queue for a drink.
Written 24 August 2021
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Hello, we are pleased you enjoyed viewing the artwork at Petworth House. However, unfortunately, like so many other businesses, we have been affected by the ‘pingdemic’ and illness, therefore from time to time we have not had enough staff to safely open our main café. However, our take away kiosk has been open, serving hot and cold drinks and snacks. Our website is updated with café services available, but we apologise if this affected the enjoyment of your visit. We assure you that staff work hard at Petworth House and Park to ensure its protection for the future and so that visitors enjoy their time here.
Written 30 August 2021
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KStan
5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
We parked at the deer park entrance and had a lovely walk round to the House with the plan to have a coffee and bacon roll and head back to the car again. However, when we arrived at the House the coffee kiosk was closed and we were told that my parents could not go into the cafe (even the outside seating) without paying the £18 entrance fee. The man who explained this was totally inflexible and not in the least helpful or apologetic. He tried to refuse to allow my mother (who is nearly 70) to use the loo since it is 'inside the grounds' but we overruled him on the basis that it was too far back to the car without using the facilities. I went into the cafe to get drinks and food whilst everyone else waited just outside the entrance and discovered that there was no hot food being served as their chefs were off sick. They said that they were serving soup and sausage rolls but not 'until lunchtime' - it was 11.30. If my parents had paid the exorbitant entrance fee only to discover that there was no available food this would have been unacceptable so I am glad that we refused the fee. We were charged an extra 15p per cup because we hadn't brought keep cups which isn't a prohibitive amount but seems excessive for seven drinks and then there was nowhere to throw our cups away on the walk back to the car. Thankfully, there was a van called Toast Me Up in the car park and we had a delicious round of bacon and sausage sandwiches. If we return we will give him our custom rather than the National Trust cafe.
Written 13 April 2023
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Trudy C
29 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2021 • Solo
I've visited Petworth House several times before but was a little disappointed this time. Firstly I was quite heavily pushed to become a National Trust member and to gift aid my entrance fee, neither of which I wanted to do. Then I found that there were no longer any descriptions on the artworks and the guide had limited knowledge, just thumbed through a guide book. And finally there was no longer access to the grand staircase which I particularly wanted to see. The grounds were glorious in their autumn colours though and may have been the highlight of my visit.
Written 2 November 2021
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Hello. We are sorry to hear that you were disappointed with your visit and experience upon arrival. Although buying a membership or purchasing a gift aid ticket may be actively encouraged, as these options provide the charity with vital funds such as for conversation work, these schemes are not promoted unnecessarily – we apologise if you thought this was the case. Unfortunately, we aren’t able to share information in the same ways we were before the pandemic, 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. There are also Room Guides throughout the house who are happy to answer any questions. During the winter certain rooms are closed to allow the team to carry out essential cleaning and care of the collections, which is important for their future preservation. All information regarding the rooms open at different times can be found on our website. We are delighted to hear you enjoyed the autumn colour here, and hope you will visit again in the future.
Written 9 November 2021
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Helen R
London, UK98 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Great day out at Petworth House in the summer holidays, with 3 generations (from 8 to 89). The 8 year old loved the artist trail/challenge (2.50 at the gate house which included sketch book, pencil and coloured pencils). This then linked to 5 challenges around the grounds, encouraging her to try sketching different things. I thought it was one of the better trails we have had in recent times as not just a 'find this thing'.

The guides in the house were all super. Very friendly, knowledgeable and engaging. In particular there was a lovely lady in the Gallery with all the carvings who had a torch and was then able to point at/highlight different aspects of the carving and art in the room to let us see the details. Fascinating.

Sadly the main cafe was shut when we visited (staff shortages) but we had fortunately brought a picnic and got coffees (and later ice creams) from the Fire Engine House 'counter' where again the staff were lovely. Would give 5/5 rating if more catering options.

We didn't explore much of the gardens (everyone's legs were tired) but did quickly nip out the 'short cut' to Petworth town and had a look at some of the antique shops.

We were there from 1030 (opening) to 430 (it closes at 5pm) so really was a great day out!
Written 13 August 2021
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