Penshurst Place and Gardens

Penshurst Place and Gardens

Penshurst Place South view (by Peter Smith Jigsaw
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Set in the beautiful Weald of Kent, Penshurst Place & Gardens and the surrounding estate have stood in the beautiful historic village of Penshurst since the 14th century, when the awe-inspiring medieval Baron’s Hall was built. The Hall, crowned by an original 60ft high chestnut beamed ceiling, is just one of many unmissable sights for visitors to the ancestral home of the Sidney family.

Surrounding the main house lies 11 acres of individual garden ‘rooms’ each featuring their own style and planting schemes to wow visitors throughout the seasons, including12,500 Jewel of Spring tulips in the Italian Garden and a 100metre long pink peony border.

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 to bring his ownership to life, including The Other Boleyn Girl and Wolf Hall. It is alluded that the King used the estate to court Anne Boleyn from her nearby family home of Hever Castle.

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. Welcoming visitors daily from the beginning of April until the end of October, Penshurst Place benefits from an annual calendar of events, as well as a large adventure playground, a woodland trail, den-making areas, toy museum and craft barn.

Available for weddings, celebrations, corporate events and team-building with activities like quadbiking  and segway rides too!

The wider estate is free to enter and wander around all year.

 Kent Tourism Awards - 2019 Winner


  • Awards & Gradings

    Winner of the Visit Kent Family Attraction of the Year 2017/2018, Kent Wedding Awards Winner 2019, Visit England Quality Assured Attraction

  • COVID-19 Response

  • Guide Dogs permitted?


  • Type of Historic Site/Structure

    Historic House/Palace

  • Location features

    In countryside, Indoor attraction, Outdoor attraction

  • Establishment Features

    Equipment available for hire, Lessons/courses available, Self guided activity/route, Professionally led activity, Shop, Groups Accepted, Guided tours for groups, Child Friendly, Family Friendly, Baby changing facilities, Open by appointment outside of normal hours, Printed material in foreign languages, Picnic site

  • Catering

    Café, Cater for vegetarians, Cater for vegans, Restaurant

  • Leisure Facilities

    Classes and activities, Cycling routes available, Cycle hire

  • Parking & Transport

    On site free parking

  • Max group size


  • Min group size


  • Travel & Trade

    Group discounts available, Educational Visits accepted, Coach Park, Meeting Room

  • Languages

    Braille, Dutch, French, German

  • Payment Methods

    MasterCard, Visa

  • Accessibility

    All areas accessible to disabled visitors, Staff have had disability awareness training


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