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“Historical homes”

Petworth House and Park
Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Petworth
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Step inside the imposing 17th-century mansion and discover a treasure house filled with an internationally important art and sculpture collection.
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Petworth house is a beautiful home which is still used today. The artworks are well worth a visit and the tour guide is very informative. Much nicer than a recording which is sometimes hard to follow. Allows a couple of hours to get through everything.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful house and gardens with very recognisable north gallery which is often used in period films. Never can quite work out how the NT works - seems that the family still live in a wing and own and run the estate, while the charity pays for the upkeep. Nice work if you can get it!

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

As the title suggests Petworth House gardens or "Pleasure Gardens" as I think they are known is off limits to all dogs other than guide dogs. This was confiirmed to me by a member of the NT staff when I emailed an enquiry about this.
We wanted to walk our dog, use the facilities and have a cup of tea. We could do all of these things but the latter. Cannot take a dog into the grounds but can take them into the park. Great. So you use the car park set aside for the park, walk the dog, put him or her into the car drive a mile up the road to the House car park, leave them in the car (really ????!!!) use the faciltites outside of the entrance and then walk to the house to have that cup of tea. Or if you are like me, do not bother. NT's loss not mine and i am not leaving my dog in my car at any time of the year..
Having got that off my chest we did revist a week later without said pooch and although it was cold we did enjoy the tea and cake. The house unfortunately did not open until 11:00 and we had an hours drive back home to give doggie their lunchtime walk.

Will no doubt revist but it will be without the dog and maybe then we may be able to also visit the house.

1  Thank Fred_Fareham_UK
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It's quite a walk from the car park to the house but there is a buggy that will take you there and back if you ask at the entrance desk. The house is well worth a visit with a wonderful display of paintings, arts and treasures. I took the 'Visit the Percy's' guided tour which is on at the moment, very interesting. It's a free tour which is every half an hour and lasts 45 mins and you can get tickets from the house. There's a good café, shop and second hand book shop. Walked out into the town and had lunch at The Star which is in the square, walking distance from the house.

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Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Had a wander around the kitchens and house. Very interesting and also a surprise to see so much fantastic art in one place. How lucky we are to have such things available. The carved room was also incredible. Nice to see the house is still lived in and the glimpse upstairs made it all feel a little more human. Nice that you can pop in to the town for a look around. The grounds are well kept. Well worth a visit. Can’t understand how some reviews can be negative about the art, it’s amazing. Well done NT.

1  Thank greekurn
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Petworth H, Marketing Officer at Petworth House and Park, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for your review greekurn and lovely to hear you appreciated the art on display. Art certainly isn't everyone's cup of tea but good to hear it was right on the mark for you and we do have highlight leaflets and tours that help our visitors engage with the art. If you enjoyed seeing glimpses of upstairs you'll have to come back for one of our Behind the Scenes tours on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays where you can step inside some of the bedrooms or visit the Ice House and tunnels. If you're more of a weekend visitor then wait for the 18th and 19th August when we'll be opening up the doors to other parts of the private apartments for you to peak inside.

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