Penshurst Place

Penshurst, Tonbridge, TN11 8DG

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

Penshurst Place

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  • Free for members
  • Cafe / restaurant
  • Free parking
  • Parkland / open spaces
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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.

Please check the website for further information, admission times and details about special events.

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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.

Penshurst Place Nether Gallery

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Mapperton Gardens with blossom

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The Italian Garden at Penshurst Place

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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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