Petworth park truly is a treasure. It is a fantastic place to go for the day with a picnic with the whole family (and a dog perhaps). It is especially nice in Autumn where the landscaped trees leaves turn magnificent shades of yellow and brown. In addition to all this there are lots and lots of deer which are really tame and while you can't go right up to them you can walk just a few metres away and all they do is look inquisitively at you. The kids will love them. There are also two lakes each with a share of ducks, terns and moorhens. Well worth a visit.
N.B. Parking isn't free although it is cheap (National Heritage members do go free though)
Nice day out today and on other days spent here. All very grand and glistening after The Spring Clean!! They have now got people trying to flog you raffle tickets as you go round!!!!! No reverence!!
Personally I find the Servants Quarters, (where the shops and toilets are), more interesting. The kitchens are wonderfully picturesque and self explicit. The shop houses the same overpriced rubbish that they can't sell.
Look out for the stuffed shirts and Look down your nose at the Paying Public Brigade.there's plenty of them.
We had seen the DVDs of the cleaning of Petworth House (Spring Clean) and therefore maybe had too high expectations. There are just a few rooms open for the public and the carved room is really, really beautiful, but the rest The pictures aren't presented the right way. A lot are hanging too high, the lighting is a catastrophe and most of the pictures need to be restored they are so dark you just can't see anything. The restaurant and cafe are placed in the side wing of the house, no view at all, just a few places outside, directly in the sun with no sun protection at all. I wonder where all the money goes, this place is truly overpriced and overrated.
A visit to Petworth park is the highlight of a visit to Petworth. It is situated next to the beautiful Petworth house and is open for free all year round. The park was created by Capability Brown and still looks like an ideal image of the English countryside and parkland. In the park there is the lake, boating house and a couple of follies. There are also lots of deer. This is a great place for a Sunday afternoon walk, really chilled out and peaceful. In the summer it is worth checking that there is not an event on in the park, because if this is the case then it can be really busy.
Petworth House and landscape gardens provides enough for a good long day out. There's the house which has some lovely artwork and the park for the children to let off some steam. If the weather is good take a picnic and enjoy it in the extensive grounds. the only problem is having to carry it quite a distance from the car park - and back.
We have been to Petworth when the National Trust are holding some special event days and have enjoyed a dragon trail around the garden, a mummers play and a visit to the usually closed ice house and tunnels.
I find Petworth a very freindly place - moreso than other NT properties although I'm not sure why. I think the invitation to lie on the great staircase and admire the ceiling may have had something to do with it.
Last time we went there was a free children's trail and activity bags in many of the rooms which give the younger members of the party something to do. My only critisism would be that there is not enough in the way of explanantory notes around - I guess they hope you'll buy the guide book.