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Penshurst Place

Explore this 14th-century Elizabethan manor with its long history, walled gardens, children’s playgrounds and scenic picnic areas.

The former home of a famous poet, Penshurst Place is now open to tourists as an extraordinary example of medieval architecture. This 14th-century house has remained in good condition and its rooms are filled with tapestries, paintings and period furniture from throughout its 600-year history.

The manor is the ancestral home of the aristocratic Sidney family. The famous Elizabethan poet Sir Philip Sidney was born in this house.

Spend an afternoon strolling around 11 acres (4.5 hectares) of picturesque gardens. The grounds follow the original design, with walls and hedges surrounding the manor house. Admire the different walled gardens, each with their own theme or color. Come in the autumn months to take photos of the changing leaves. See the 328-foot (100-meter) long Peony Border in bloom in the summer months.

Discover the history of the manor through storytelling and children’s activities. Visit the house to explore its artwork, embroideries and antiques. Imagine how the aristocratic family functioned from day-to-day as you tour the many rooms. Kids can feed chickens and have fun in the adventure playground. 

Enjoy refreshments at one of the on-site cafés or bring your own food to make the most of picnic areas around the grounds.

Penshurst Place is located 6 miles (10 kilometers) southwest of Tonbridge. It is easily accessible by car via the iconic M25 motorway that surrounds London and is 24 miles (38 kilometers) from Gatwick Airport. Take a bus to Penshurst Village and walk to the site’s main entrance. The nearest train station, Penshurst, is a 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) walk from the historic house. Trains are less frequent than buses.

Opening times vary throughout the year. There is an entrance fee, which also varies depending on age, group size and how much of the site you desire to see. Check the Penshurst Place website for opening hours and ticket prices.


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The Leicester Arms Hotel $85
Reviewed on Mar 1, 2019
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The Leicester Arms Hotel

The Leicester Arms Hotel

HIGH STREET, Tonbridge, England
     
    4.2 of 5
    3.5 out of 5.0

    Beds are super comfortable, really warm welcome. I can not comment on food as I didn’t have anything but the room was perfect

    The Spa Hotel $95
    Reviewed on Apr 29, 2019
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    The Spa Hotel

    The Spa Hotel

    Mount Ephraim, Royal Tunbridge Wells, England
       
      4.3 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Really nice room & staff very friendly. We had an enjoyable night stay in Tunbridge Wells

      Tudor Wing $1,730
      Tudor Wing

      Tudor Wing

      Hoath House Chiddingstone Hoath, Edenbridge, England
         
        3.5 out of 5.0

        Situated in Edenbridge, this golf cottage is within 3 mi (5 km) of Hever Castle and Gardens, Chiddingstone Castle, and Penshurst Place and Gardens. Sweetwoods Park Golf Club and Eden Valley Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km). Edenbridge Cowden Station is 27 minutes by foot.

        Hoath House $2,635
        Hoath House

        Hoath House

        Hoath House Chiddingstone Hoath, Edenbridge, England
           
          3.5 out of 5.0

          Situated in a rural location, this cottage is within 3 mi (5 km) of Hever Castle and Gardens, Chiddingstone Castle, and Penshurst Place and Gardens. Sweetwoods Park Golf Club and Eden Valley Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km). Edenbridge Cowden Station is 27 minutes by foot.

          Apple Bough $521
          Apple Bough

          Apple Bough

          Hoath House Chiddingstone Hoath, Edenbridge, England
             
            3.5 out of 5.0

            Situated in Edenbridge, this cottage is within 3 mi (5 km) of Hever Castle and Gardens, Chiddingstone Castle, and Penshurst Place and Gardens. Sweetwoods Park Golf Club and Eden Valley Museum are also within 6 mi (10 km). Edenbridge Cowden Station is 27 minutes by foot.

            Luxurious Country Living in the Heart of Kent, With Pool
            Luxurious Country Living in the Heart of Kent, With Pool

            Luxurious Country Living in the Heart of Kent, With Pool

            Leigh
               
              0.0 out of 5.0

              Situated in Tonbridge, this vacation home is within 6 mi (10 km) of Penshurst Place and Gardens, Hever Castle and Gardens, and Riverhill Himalayan Gardens. Chiddingstone Castle and Tonbridge Castle are also within 6 mi (10 km). Tonbridge Penshurst Station is 28 minutes by foot.

              Salomons Estate
              Reviewed on Mar 28, 2019
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              Salomons Estate

              Salomons Estate

              Broomhill Road, Southborough, Kent, Royal Tunbridge Wells, England
                 
                3.5 of 5
                4.0 out of 5.0

                Loved the grounds, had a morning walk around the place, soo beautiful. There is a nice museum in the hotel too. Room was decent but was a little to small for us. We had breakfast included in our stay which was alright although not much vegetarian options. Overall stay was nice.

                Priory Barn - Ideal for Large Family Groups. Sleeps 8/9 Adults Plus 3 Children
                Reviewed on Mar 30, 2019
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                Priory Barn - Ideal for Large Family Groups. Sleeps 8/9 Adults Plus 3 Children

                Priory Barn - Ideal for Large Family Groups. Sleeps 8/9 Adults Plus 3 Children

                Hildenborough
                   
                  4.8 of 5
                  0.0 out of 5.0

                  A beautiful place, emaculate inside and the perfect setting for our daughter to leave from to get married. Stunning and lovely.