Overview

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

Surrounded by 11 acres of walled formal gardens and featuring one of few surviving medieval Baronial Halls, 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 opulent staterooms that have been showcased in popular TV and film productions.

The Solar, Queen Elizabeth Room and Long Gallery to name but a few, contain a collection of beautiful family portraits from across the centuries, antique furniture, skilfully crafted tapestries and much, much more. 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, coloured borders and water features.


Opening
Opening

Penshurst Place is open weekends only between February and April, and daily from April until the end of October.

Penshurst Place is closed between November and February, but the Gift Shop and Porcupine Pantry Café remain open year round.

Find Us
Find us

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/

  • Offers bike storage
Taxi

Castle Cars 01732 363637

Admission
Admission

Free entry for Historic Houses members from 2020.

Adult (aged 16 +)

Gardens only - £10.50.

Gardens and House - £12.50

Child (aged 5 - 15)

Gardens only - £6.00

Gardens and House - £6.50

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Accessible parking
  • Guide dogs welcome

A word from the owner

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.

Things to See

Fun Facts

Penshurst Place has been featured in TV and film productions for many years, including Anne of a Thousand Days (1969) The Other Boleyn Girl (2008) Wolf Hall (2015) and Mary Queen of Scots (2018) . Penshurst Place was also the setting for one of the world's most popular fairy tale stories - The Princess Bride (1988). In fact it was the medieval Baron's Hall where Inigo Montoya uttered his famous words "you killed me father, now prepare to die!".

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 which would make Penshurst Place a uniquely attractive kitchen garden. This walled garden design  has remained largely unaltered to this day.