Run, jump, and play all day at Petworth House and Park! This glamorous National Trust location has amazing art collections and a 700-acre Deer Park, and now there is an exciting new family trail too!
Things to do
Petworth House is one of the National Trust's great treasure houses, with a famous art collection including works by Turner, Van Dyck, Reynolds and Gainsborough. But you’ll also find out what life was like ‘below stairs’ for its many servants – check out the huge historic kitchens.
There are loads of opportunities for adventure outdoors. Follow winding paths through the pretty Pleasure Garden which is full of floral delights and charming features like the Ionic Rotunda and Doric Temple.
Petworth is famed for its unspoilt English landscape and far-reaching views of the South Downs. The parkland is littered with trails and ancient gnarled trees perfect for games of hide and seek. Look for wildlife in the two large ponds, and snap some pics of the historic herd of fallow deer.
NEW Trail - Elmer's Art Parade at Petworth House and Park
Are you looking for family activities that are fun as they are exciting? We think this may be up your street... Elmer's Art Parade at Petworth House and Park!
Inspired by David McKee’s much-loved children’s books, the iconic character of Elmer the Elephant has been recreated in ten large sculptures, creating a colourful and joyous trail through the Pleasure Garden.
Each sculpture has been individually designed, inspired by the work of famous artists including William Morris, Yayoi Kusama, Frida Kahlo, and JMW Turner who painted at Petworth many times.
Your mission? To find all ten sculptures with your little ones! Meander down winding buggy-friendly paths with the help of your Elmer map and discover each elephant on this creative new trail - it's suitable for all ages! You can grab your trail map from the reception.
Don't forget to look out for the original patchwork Elmer too, in Petworth’s magnificent Ionic Rotunda.
Food & Drink
Browsing the National Trust's most famous art collections really takes it out of you, huh? Whether you're a fatigued art lover or you've just come back from the enchanting Elmer trail, refuel on tasty treats from the cafe. You can eat in or take away and there are also baby changing facilities.
Transport & Parking for Visitors
Parking for the house and garden is at the main car park.
Parking is free for members, and £4 (not included in the ticket price) for non-
members. This can be paid by cash at the pay machines, via card at visitor reception or using a PayByPhone contactless service (location number
Instructions are on a sign in the car park.
No. 99 Compass service from Chichester to Petworth.
No.1 Stagecoach service between Worthing and Midhurst (passes
Pulborough train station),
The nearest train station is Pulborough (5 1/4 miles away).