Penshurst Place and Gardens

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Historic House / Palace

Photography by Peter Smith - Penshurst Place and Gardens South view of the house

Address/Location

Penshurst
Kent
TN11 8DG

Contact

Tel: 01892 870307

Historic House / Palace

Set in the beautiful Weald of Kent, Penshurst Place & Gardens and the surrounding 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. The Baron’s Hall, crowned by an original 60ft high chestnut beamed ceiling, is the jewel in Penshurst Place’s crown, and an unmissable sight for visitors to the ancestral home of the Sidney family.

In the early 16th century, Penshurst Place and the surrounding game-rich estate were used as a hunting lodge for King Henry VIII, since then many film and tv productions have been filmed at the house which bring his ownership to life, including The Other Boleyn Girl and Wolf Hall. It is allude d that the King used the estate to court Anne Boleyn from her nearby family home of Hever Castle, before she agreed to become his second wife and met her untimely end.

The House was gifted to the Sidney Family in 1552 by King Henry VIII’s son, Edward VI and it has remained in their safe hands ever since, making it one of the oldest family-owned estates in England.

Today, the house and formal gardens welcomes visitors daily from the beginning of April until the end of October, to enjoy the history, landscape and architecture of a unique country estate, as well as countless annual events, a woodland trail and adventure playground.  Accompanying the house and formal gardens is a vast estate filled with public footpaths waiting to be explored, with two particular routes, the parkland and riverside walks, benefitting from their own walking guides available to purchase from the Penshurst Place shop.

Winner of the Family Attraction of the Year at the Visit Kent Awards.

Ticket Information

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult - House,Gardens and Grounds£11.50 per person per day
Child - House, Gardens and Gounds£6.50 per person per day

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 (30 Mar 2019 - 27 Oct 2019)
DayTimes
Monday10:3017:00
Tuesday10:3017:00
Wednesday10:3017:00
Thursday10:3017:00
Friday10:3017:00
Saturday10:3017:00
Sunday10:3017:00
Bank Holiday10:3017:00

* Weekends from 16th February to 24th March
Half Term Daily from 18th to 22nd February
Daily from 30th March to 27th October

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