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Step inside the imposing 17th-century mansion and discover a treasure house filled with an internationally important art and sculpture collection.

Situated in the heart of Petworth, The Leconfield is an AA 2 rosette, award winning restaurant and bar offering stylish yet informal dining. Set in the surroundings of a beautifully restored 17th century building the restaurant offers a la carte and set menus as well as private dining rooms

In the early 17th century, the question of Petworth's status as an honour or a town came up when the Attorney General charged William Levett of Petworth, Gent., son of Anthony Levett, with "having unlawfully usurped divers privileges within the town of Petworth, which was parcel of the Honour of Arundel."[3] William Levett's son Nicholas became rector of Westbourne, West Sussex.[4]

The Leconfield Estates continue to own much of Petworth and the surrounding area. The contents of the house, in particular the paintings and sculptures, are now the property of the National Trust having been taken in lieu of accumulated death duties.

A trip to Petworth isn’t complete without a visit to the National Trust’s Petworth House and Gardens.

Petworth House was one of the main locations for the 2014 Mike Leigh film Mr. Turner, which put Timothy Spall as the artist Turner in the actual locations where he painted in the early 19th century.

Petworth has also been the home to the Petworth Town Band for over 100 years. A group of nearly 40 amateur brass and woodwind players, the band rehearses weekly and is often seen around the local area playing at local events.

The village of Byworth in the parish is just to the east of Petworth, across the Shimmings valley.

Car parking charge is £4, free to NT members. 

The landscape gives every impression of being totally natural but in reality nothing is further from the truth. The Park was transformed in the 1750s and early 1760s by Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown. You can discover more about ‘Capability’ Brown at Petworth throughout 2016 as we celebrate his legacy with events, talks and exhibitions.

With 700 acres to explore, Petworth Park and Pleasure Grounds offers the perfect opportunity to tick a few of our 50 things activities off your list and start filling up your scrapbook.

Petworth House and Park has a rich and varied history waiting to be discovered.  Stroll through the state rooms saturated with internationally important paintings by artists such as Van Dyck, Reynolds, Titian and Blake together with classical and neo-classical sculptures.  Follow in the footsteps of JMW Turner who spent long periods at the House under the patronage of the 3rd Earl of Egremont, and whose paintings of Petworth Park can be seen at Petworth today.

The Percy family, whose primary seat was at Alnwick Castle in Northumberland, bordering Scotland, intended Petworth to be for their occasional residence only. However, in the late 16th century, Queen Elizabeth I grew suspicious of the Percy family's allegiance to Mary, Queen of Scots, and confined them to Petworth.[3]

Learn more about how the history of Petworth has been shaped over time with our weekly programme of talks and tours.

Petworth Vision an action group driven toward achieving results in Petworth. If you would like to get involved and help us shape the future of Petworth, find out more here…

At Petworth House and Park we currently have five workshops exploring different aspects of the curriculum. Learn more about using the setting of Petworth House and Park as a classroom.

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The town is mentioned in Domesday Book. It is best known as the location of the stately home Petworth House, the grounds of which (known as Petworth Park) are the work of Capability Brown. The house and its grounds are now owned and maintained by the National Trust.

Most of our places run the Gift Aid on Entry scheme at their admission points. Under this scheme, if you're not a member you have the choice of two entry tickets:

An electoral ward in the same name exists. This ward includes Fittleworth and Ebernoe with a total ward population as taken at the 2011 census of 4,742.[7]

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Petworth is twinned with Ranville in Normandy, France and San Quirico d'Orcia in Tuscany, Italy.

Nearby Goodwood holds year-round sporting events and meetings.

The town's amateur dramatics group is known as the Petworth Players, and their past productions have included 'Allo 'Allo; The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and The Sleeping Beauty.

Lord Egremont and his family live in the south wing, allowing much of the remainder to be open to the public. Lady Egremont has restored the gardens.[9]

The servants’ quarters by contrast offer a glimpse of life ‘below stairs’. Imagine the hustle and bustle of servant life in the Historic Kitchens and myriad ancillary rooms.

The heart and soul of The Leconfield is our beautiful restaurant & courtyard garden. Comfy seating, a relaxing bar, pretty courtyard garden and a friendly welcome greets you as you enter the door.

The 283-hectare (700-acre) landscaped park, known as Petworth Park, has the largest herd of fallow deer in England.[12] It is one of the more famous in England, largely on account of a number of pictures of it which were painted by Turner. There is also a 12-hectare (30-acre) woodland garden, known as the Pleasure Ground.[13]

Petworth fell victim to bombing in World War II on 29 September 1942, when a lone German Heinkel 111, approaching from the south over Hoes Farm, aimed three bombs at Petworth House. The bombs missed the house, but one bounced off a tree and landed on the Petworth Boys' School in North Street, killing 28 boys, the headmaster, Charles Stevenson, and assistant teacher Charlotte Marshall.[5][6]

Ranville, FR. San Quirico D'Orcia, IT.

An extra £1 paid under the scheme can be worth over £3 to the National Trust as shown below: Payment of the additional percentage donation is entirely voluntary, so if you prefer to pay the standard admission please advise our reception staff at the till point.

Another historic attraction in the town, Petworth Cottage Museum in High Street, is a museum of domestic life for poor estate workers in the town in about 1910. At that time the cottage was the home of Mrs. Cummings, a seamstress, whose drunkard husband had been a farrier in the Royal Irish Hussars and on the Petworth estate.

If the place runs Gift Aid on Entry, we'll offer you the Gift Aid Admission prices. But it's entirely up to you which ticket you choose. If you want the Standard Admission instead, just let us know when you come to pay.

Some of Britain’s greatest watercolours come to Petworth House this winter for a major exhibition. Works by JMW Turner and leading British artists of his generation are on show from Saturday 7 January 2017. Early booking recommended.

Visit Petworth House and Park with your group and explore a 17th century mansion and deer park designed by Capability Brown.