Penshurst Place and Gardens

The Former Home Of Sir John de Pulteney, Penshurst Place

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A fascinating Kent ancestral home lying in the rural Weald in Kent, surrounded by ancient parkland. Although medieval in origin, Penshurst Place retains the warmth and character of a family home. It has been the residence of Kings and noblemen as well as the ancestral seat of the Sidney family since 1552, when it was gifted by King Edward VI to Sir William Sydney.

The current manor house was built for a significant figure ofrom London society, the four times mayor of London Sir John de Pulteney in 1341. The architectural highlight is the magnificent Baron's Hall.

The gardens are magnificent in their own right and in some respects share the heritage of the Place. They are a living record of Elizabethan garden design and one of the oldest gardens in private ownership with records dating back to 1346.

Opening (Untill 04/11/12):

  • Garden, grounds and gift shop open 10.30am – 6pm or dusk if earlier (last entry an hour before closing)
  • House and Toy Museum open 12.00 noon – 4pm
  • Garden Tea Room open 10.30am – 5pm (last orders 15 mins before closing)

Prices 2012:

House, Gardens & Grounds:

  • Adult £9.80
  • Child (5-16) £6.20
  • Family day ticket (2+2) £26.00
  • Cyclists family £22.00 (or £1 off normal admission prices per person).

Grounds, Gardens, Toy Museum, Garden Tea Room and Adventure Playground:

  • Adult £7.80
  • Child (5-16) £5.80
  • Family day ticket (2+2) £23.00
  • Cyclists family £19.00 (or £1 off normal admission prices per person).
  • UNDER 5s: Maximum 2 children free per paying adult, £2.50 each additional child.


  • Guided tours
  • Garden tea rooms
  • Shop
  • Picnic area
  • Limited wheelchair access
  • Private banqueting
  • Weddings

Location and Contact

Penshurst Station is about one and a half miles away. If coming by car take the Hildenborough exit from the A21 then follow the signs for 'Penshurst Place'.

  • Penshurst Place & Gardens
    Penshurst, Kent TN11 8DG
  • Tel: 01892 870307
  • Fax: 01892 870866
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