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Penshurst Place

One of the best examples of a fortified medieval manor house in England.

Penshurst, Tonbridge, TN11 8DG

Penshurst Place

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Free for members
Facilities
  • Accessible loos
  • Accessible parking
  • Bike storage facilities
  • Cafe / restaurant
  • Easily accessible without car
  • Facilities for children
  • Free parking
  • Parkland / open spaces
  • Picnic area
  • Shop
Accessibility
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Accessible parking
  • Guide dogs welcome
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

Penshurst Place has been home to the Sidney family since 1552 making it one of the oldest family-owned estates in England.

Surrounded by 11 acres of walled formal gardens and housing one of the few surviving medieval Baronial Halls in England, Penshurst Place is an historical gem in the Weald of Kent countryside. The stately home and gardens were once used as a hunting lodge for King Henry VIII, and now feature beautiful staterooms and grounds that are frequently showcased in popular TV and film productions.

Among the staterooms visitors to this historic family home will find The Solar, Queen Elizabeth Room and Long Gallery, which contain a collection of family portraits from across the centuries, antique furniture and skilfully crafted tapestries. Outside, visitors can enjoy a stroll through the 11 acres of formal walled Gardens, discovering hidden corners brimming with fruit trees, an abundance of tulips, roses, colourful borders and water features.

Opening Times

2022

Daily for February: Half Term 12th – 20th February
Weekends only from 26th February – 27th March
Daily from 2nd April – 30th October

House & Toy Museum
11.30am – 3.30pm
(Weekends only, from 12th February – 27th March. Daily from 2nd April – 30th October)

Gardens & Grounds
10am – 5pm
(Daily for February Half Term 12th – 20th February. Weekends only from 26th February – 27th March. Daily from 2nd April – 30th October)

Adventure Playground & Woodland Trail
10am – 5pm
(Daily for February Half Term 12th – 20th February. Weekends only from 26th February – 27th March. Daily from 2nd April – 30th October)

Garden Restaurant
Closed

Gift Shop & Plant Centre
Open daily, 9am – 5pm

Porcupine Pantry
Open daily, 9am – 5pm

Parkland
Free to visit and open all year

Please note: The information on the Historic Houses website is advisory, but please always check the website of the house or garden you intend to visit before travelling.

See their website to double check their opening times

Admission

Free entry for Historic Houses members.

House, Gardens & Grounds:

Adult (aged 16 and over) £13.50
Child (Aged 5-15) £7.30
Family (2 adults + 2 children) £37.50
Family (1 adult + 3 children) £33.50
Family (2 adults + 1 child) £31.50
Free admission for 2 children under 5 per paying adult, £2.50 per child under 5 thereafter

Gardens & Grounds Only:

Adult (Aged 16 and over) £11.50
Child (Aged 5-15) £6.80
Family (2 adults + 2 children) £34.50
Family (1 adult + 3 children) £30.00
Family (2 adults + 1 child) £27.00
Free admission for 2 children under 5 per paying adult, £2.50 per child under 5 thereafter

Accessibility
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Accessible parking
  • Guide dogs welcome
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

Getting here

Penshurst, Tonbridge, TN11 8DG

Located on the Kent and East Sussex Borders, 11 miles south of the M25.

Public transport

Tonbridge or Tunbridge Wells Station, then a taxi. Please note Penshurst Station is located 2 miles outside of Penshurst Village with no pedestrian pathway along the route. Bus number 233 or 231 also passes through the village.

Cycle route

Susutrans Cycle Path between Tonbridge Castle and Penshurst Place: https://www.sustrans.org.uk/find-a-route-on-the-national-cycle-network/tudor-trail/

I hope you will find pleasure in visiting the 14th century Manor House and its Gardens of Penshurst Place. For more than 20 years, my wife Isobel and I have continued to care for the House, Garden and its contents, assisted by a small team of dedicated staff.

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Built as a garden of fantastic appearance, in the 1560’s Viscount De L’Isle’s ancestor Sir Henry Sidney took the first steps in combining beauty with function, installing a system of walls and terraces to protect fruit trees and vegetable patches...

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