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Penshurst Place and Gardens

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Historic House / Palace

Photography by Peter Smith - Penshurst Place and Gardens


TN11 8DG


Tel: 01892 870307

Historic House / Palace

Set in the beautiful Weald of Kent Penshurst Place and the Estate have stood on the banks of the river Medway since the 14th century, when the awe-inspiring medieval Baron's Hall was built as a country retreat for the Lord Mayor of London, Sir John de Pulteney. Used as a rental for many a large film and small screen productions, including Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall and the Other Boleyn Girl, Penshurst Place has a unique place in history – with literary connections from Sir Philip Sidney, Ben Jonson and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. It has been in the hands of the Sidney family since 1552, when it was gifted to them by Edward VI, after being owned by his father, King Henry VIII. The house is currently owned and looked after by Philip Sidney, 2nd Viscount of l'Isle MBE, and Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant of Kent.

New for 2016, Penshurst Place will be celebrating the Great British Garden and nature from further afield. Enjoy a full calendar of activities, trails, crafts, special guests, and displays all designed to fascinate and entertain visitors of all ages with the wonder of nature, our native animals and plants, farming conservation and a whole lot more.

Visit the Historic Gardens of Penshurst Place, and enjoy 11 acres of garden rooms, separated by over a mile of yew hedging. The Gardens are as old as the house, with records dating back to 1346.  These enchanting formal gardens were laid out in Elizabethan times and have remained remarkably true to their design early. Each garden offers an abundance of variety in form, foliage and bloom, which ensures a continuous display from Spring to Autumn.

Step into the House, where alongside the unique and stunning Baron's Hall, built in 1341, you can walk through a series of staterooms containing an impressive collection of portraits, tapestries, furniture, porcelain and armour.  In addition, visitors will enjoy a reminder of bygone childhoods in the Toy Museum, a delight for all ages.

The Garden Restaurant, managed by Leith's serves a delicious selection of hot and cold lunches, and is where you can enjoy a perfect afternoon pot of tea. The Porcupine Pantry cafe is an alternative to the Restaurant serving freshly baked hot and cold pastries. Don't miss a visit to the wonderful Gift Shop on your way out, which is free to visit all year and stocks a variety of local beers, wines and spirits, clothing, gifts, fragrances and more as well as a selection of plants in the adjoining plant centre.

Opening times and prices Weekends from 13th February – 20th March. Gardens only for Half Term 15th-19th February Daily from the 25th March – 30th October

Gardens only tickets (additional cost for tickets to the House as well, full details on the website) Adults: £ 8.80 Family Tickets from £ 21.50 Children: £ 6



Ticket Information

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult - Gardens Only£8.80 per person per day
Adult - House,Gardens and Grounds£10.80 per person per day
Child - Gardens Only£6.00 per person per day
Child - House, Gardens and Gounds£6.50 per person per day
Family tickets from - Gardens Only£21.50 per ticket
Family tickets from - House, Gardens and Grounds£25.50 per ticket

See website for cost of season tickets and more details.
£1.00 of entry per person for cyclists and those arriving by public transport

Opening Times

Open Daily (25 Mar 2016 - 30 Oct 2016)
Bank Holiday10:3018:00

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