Petworth Tourist Attractions
Petworth (pop. 2,700) is situated about 6mi/10km north of Bignor. This enchanting little market town on the northern edge of the Downs has many picturesque houses, winding streets and has become famous for its "great house", Petworth House, seat of the Earls of Egremont.Petworth has numerous interesting shops and is known as one of the best antiques centers in the South of England.
Petworth House and Park
Petworth House, a magnificent country house with its 328ft/100m-long garden frontage, gained its present appearance between 1688 and 1696. The extensive garden, designed by Capability Brown, is a masterpiece of English landscape gardening. Among the treasures of the house is one of England's most important collections of paintings. William Turner had a studio here from 1830 to 1837; he loved the local scenery and often painted it. Many of his oil paintings and watercolors can be admired in the Turner Room. The collection also boasts works by Titian and Rogier van der Weyden, Van Dyck, Reynolds and Gainsborough. Marvelous lime wood carvings (1692) by Grinling Gibbons decorate the Carved Room. The excellent collection of ancient sculptures in the North Gallery are no less impressive.
Opening hours: Mar 29 to Nov 2: 11am-5:30pm; Closed: Thu, Fri
Always opened on: Spring Bank Holiday - Britain (last Monday, May), Summer Bank Holiday - Britain outside Scotland (last Monday, Aug), Good Friday - Christian
Entrance fee in GBP: Family £18.00, Adult £7.00, Group discounts £6.50, Child £4.00, Grounds / gardens only around attraction £1.50
Useful tips: Last admissions to house 5.00 pm. Extra rooms shown weekdays.
Disability Access: Full facilities for persons with disabilities.
Facilities: Gift shop, Restaurant or food service
Transit: Bus: Stagecoach Coastline 1 Worthing-Midhurst from Pulborough station
Typical Visit: 1 hour 30 minutes