Penshurst Place and Gardens
Set in the beautiful Weald of Kent, Penshurst Place & Gardens and the surrounding estate have stood on the banks of the river Medway since the 14th century, when the awe-inspiring medieval Baron's Hall was completed in 1341.
The Hall, crowned by an original 60ft high chestnut beamed ceiling is an unmissable sight for visitors to the ancestral home of the Sidney family who have taken care of the estate since 1552.
Amongst the many garden highlights within the 11 acres of formal grounds is the celebrated 100-metre peony border containing four varieties of heavenly-scented pink double peonies as well as a number of herbaceous and mixed borders.
The double herbaceous border Jubilee Walk follows Gertrude Jekyll's principle of hotly coloured beds extending through the palette to cooler tones, while the Blue and Yellow border contains two unique varieties of Iris cultivated for Penshurst Place by specialist British breeder Olga Wells.
Add to this over 5,000 roses, almost 500 fruit trees, 12,500 spring flowering tulip bulbs in the Italian Garden, ponds and fountains, ancient trees and parkland, lakes and woodland, globes and heraldic topiary and it is easy to see why Penshurst Place is one of Kent's most enduring and cherished gardens.
Opening Times: Weekends from 16th February to 24th March. Daily from 30th March to 27th October.
Admission Rates: To Gardens: Adults £10.00, Child (5-16) £6.00, Family Ticket (2+2) £30.00. Entrance to House additional charge.
Group Rates: Freeflow entry to House & Grounds Adults 9.50, Child £5.00. House or Garden Tour, Adults £11.50, Child £5.50. Combined House & Garden Tour, Adults £19.00, Child £10.00. Tours with the Head Gardener an additional £100.00 per group. Student and Garden only group rates available on request.
Facilities: A collection of staterooms, 11 acres of formal gardens, gift shop, Garden Restaurant, Porcupine Pantry Cafe, plant centre, toy museum & woodland trail
Disabled Access: Garden Yes, House DVD of state rooms in Baron's Hall. Toilet and parking for disabled visitors are on site, wheelchairs on loan, booking necessary.
Tours/Events: Special joint entrance with other nearby attractions. Penshurst breakfast, lunch and cream tea and high tea for groups if pre-booked. Also combined Tea & Tour' and 'Lunch & Tour' special offers for groups. A full events programme throughout the season, see website for details.
Coach Parking: Yes.
Length of Visit: 2 - 3 hours
Booking Contact: Wendy Warshafsky, Head of Visitor Services. Penshurst Place, Penshurst, Nr Tonbridge, Kent TN11 8DG
Telephone: 01892 870307
Location: M25 junction 5, follow A21 to Hastings. Exit at Hildenborough then follow brown tourists signs.