Penshurst Place is a 14th century Manor House nestled in the Kent countryside, a short drive from Tunbridge Wells, Tonbridge and Sevenoaks. Once the property of King Henry VIII and King Edward VI the house has been the home of the Sydney family since 1552. With beautiful gardens, parkland and state rooms, Penshurst Place is a Muddy family favourite. There is a huge amount to do here and it is well worth a visit.
HOUSE, GARDEN & GROUNDS
The historic home boasts some rather impressive state rooms (you may even recognise some from TV and film productions!). A highlight is the medieval Baron’s hall, created 1341 for the Lord Mayor of London with a 60 ft high chestnut beamed ceiling. History lovers will adore the antiques, portraits and tapestries. The gardens at Penshurst Place are a real highlight and definitely worth a stroll around. Whilst you admire the terraces, topiary, orchards, roses and peonies there is plenty of space for the children to run and explore.
The acres of parkland provide two walking trails (parkland and riverside walks) within the Eden Valley walk. There is also a cycle route (in the VisitEngland top 10 scenic cycle routes no less) from Penshurst to Tonbridge suitable for most abilities and supervised children. Bring your own bikes or these can also be hired from the Countrybike stand.
The Adventure Playground at Penshurst Place will keep your small people occupied for hours. With high walks, an obstacle course, mini zip line, swings and slides there is plenty for children of all ages, plus picnic benches and loads of space to relax and enjoy a picnic and coffee with friends (there is a handy kiosk situated by the playground selling coffee and ice creams). There is also a Woodland Trail to explore with a den building area and a woodland activity sheet to keep your little ones busy!
Children will also enjoy the Toy Museum. This was opened in 1970 and many of the toys are from a collection of Yootha Rose an artist, stage designer and royal toymaker as well as toys from generations of the Sydney family. We also love the free craft activities often on offer at The Old Coach House.
The Porcupine Pantry is situated by the Visitors’ entrance and is the perfect spot for visitors, cyclists or walkers to enjoy lunch or coffee all year round. Choose from paninis, soups, quiches, pastries and sandwiches (allergy free options and kids meals are also available).
The gift shop at Penshurst is open all year round and has a fabulous selection of homewares, gifts and locally produced goodies. It is also well worth visiting at Christmas for unique presents. The Plant Centre is situated next to the gift shop and is stocked with a range of plants found in the gardens and supplied by How Green nursery in Edenbridge.
Penshurst Place and Gardens was named Wedding Venue of the Year 2022/23 by the Kent Wedding Awards, scooping the prestigious award for the fourth time. So it’s no surprise that it makes a popular venue for brides and grooms planning their special day – with the perfect setting and acres of parkland on offer. There are a number of packages available. Please click here for more information.
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Penshurst Place, Penshurst, Tonbridge, Kent TN11 8DG
+44 (0)1892 870307
Monday: House: 11:30am - 3:30pm Toy Museum: 11:30am - 3:30pm Garden & Grounds: 10am - 5pm
Tuesday: House: 11:30am - 3:30pm Toy Museum: 11:30am - 3:30pm Garden & Grounds: 10am - 5pm
Wednesday: House: 11:30am - 3:30pm Toy Museum: 11:30am - 3:30pm Garden & Grounds: 10am - 5pm
Thursday: House: 11:30am - 3:30pm Toy Museum: 11:30am - 3:30pm Garden & Grounds: 10am - 5pm
Friday: House: 11:30am - 3:30pm Toy Museum: 11:30am - 3:30pm Garden & Grounds: 10am - 5pm
Saturday: House: 11:30am - 3:30pm Toy Museum: 11:30am - 3:30pm Garden & Grounds: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: House: 11:30am - 3:30pm Toy Museum: 11:30am - 3:30pm Garden & Grounds: 10am - 5pm
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