One of England’s oldest family homes, Penshurst Place has passed through the hands of royalty and nobles, including Henry VIII and Edward VI. Standing for more than six centuries, the House and estate were gifted to the influential Sidney family in 1552. Today, a direct descendant, Viscount De L’Isle MBE, is custodian of Penshurst Place's future.
For the devoted historian: At the heart of this medieval masterpiece is the Baron’s Hall, built in 1341. The adjoining State Rooms contain a wonderful collection of tapestries, furniture, portraits, porcelain and armour.
For the horticultural enthusiast: The historic walled gardens are the jewel in the crown of Penshurst Place; with records dating back to 1346, they provide a superb example of Elizabethan garden design. Visitors to the gardens will find 11 acres of garden “rooms” providing a variety of form, foliage and bloom throughout the year.
For the explorer: Set within the High Weald, the ancient historic parkland of the Penshurst Place estate is a rich mix of landscapes, habitats and wildlife. There are two self-guided walking trails available that take in the beautiful village of Penshurst, and a local bicycle route that leads cyclists to central Tonbridge.