Just 90 minutes from London, the picturesque market town of Petworth is a definite must for your weekend-away bucket list. The town has gained a well-deserved reputation as a fantastic centre for antique hunting, with over 30 dealers to browse within the town centre.

The town has a strong arts-focused community, and each year produces a music festival, fringe festival, literary festival and heritage weekend, as well as playing host to an ADFL Antiques and Fine Art Fair. For an authentic shopping experience explore the selection of independent boutiques here for homewares, gifts, fashion and more, and for foodies there’s a wealth of artisan fare to discover, from a specialist butcher and delicatessen with its own chilled cheese room, to bakeries and purveyors of sweet treats, as well as the monthly farmers’ market. You’ll find a warm welcome as you stop for refreshments at one of the pubs, cafes or restaurants serving up food that’s homemade, fresh and local.

You cannot visit Petworth without exploring the National Trust’s Petworth House and Park, the walls of which surround the town; an ‘English Versailles’ built to rival the palaces of Europe, with grand state rooms and historic kitchens, and an impressive collection of fine art.  The stunning ‘Capability’ Brown designed landscapes of the deer park and pleasure grounds cover 700 acres and offer tranquil walks, glimpses of the historic deer herd, ancient trees and far-reaching views of the South Downs.

If you’re looking for family friendly things to do, whether it be for half-term, wet weekends or family holidays, Sussex has it all. From toddler friendly days out, to activities to engage the most reluctant of teens, we have something to enlighten all the family.

See a working waterwheel power an 18th century beam pump and explore an enchanting riverside heritage site. An exhibition explains the history of Coultershaw – the early use of water power and the installation in 1782 of a pump to…

A family day out in Sussex doesn’t have to break the bank. In fact, it doesn’t have to cost a penny.

An image showing the view from Duncton Hill across the Rother Valley

Enjoy panoramic views across the South Downs from this viewpoint just above Duncton village. A parking area can be found after a steep, winding climb on the A285 towards Chichester.   Nearest postcode: GU28 0NA   Image: Nigel Freeman / Viewpoint at Duncton…

an image of Graffham Common in West Sussex

Graffham Common is a 94-acre nature reserve between Midhurst and Petworth, located on both sides of the Selham to Graffham road, and is owned and managed by the Sussex Wildlife Trust. It’s a former pine plantation being restored back to heath and…

a photo showing a pretty cobbled street in Petworth, West Sussex

Petworth is a quaint, typically English market town within easy reach of London which is famed for its antique shops

A dog on the South Downs Way

If Britain is a nation of dog lovers then Sussex is undoubtedly the county of dog lovers.

It will come as no surprise then, that the Chichester District – or the Great Sussex Way as we’re known – is home to some of the best dog walks in the country. Come and explore what’s on offer.

a photo showing a stately home with a garden full of daffodils in the foreground

Explore some great West Sussex gardens across Chichester, Midhurst, Petworth, Arundel and surrounding areas

Image of beer bottles

Langham Brewery offers delicious, fresh beers – in cask, keg, bottles and cans – which are lovingly created and brewed at their award-winning independent microbrewery, near Petworth, in the stunning South Downs National Park. Offering over 17 innovative, flavoursome real…

An image of Newlands House Gallery in Petworth, West Sussex

Visit Newlands House Gallery for leading international modern and contemporary art in the charming market town of Petworth, complete with the Hungry Guest Café located amongst the tranquil gardens. Combining both coffee and culture. Newlands House occupies an 18th century…

Nyetimber Vineyard

The Nyetimber Estate is situated in West Chiltington and dates back to at least 1086, when it was recorded in the Domesday Book. In 1988, Nyetimber pioneered the style of English Sparkling Wine we know today by planting the first…

One of the country’s finest Elizabethan houses, set at the foot of the South Downs in Pulborough, West Sussex.

Petworth and Shimmings Valley

A 3.5 mile figure of eight walk from the historic market town of Petworth in West Sussex. The walk gives an opportunity to explore the town, a haven for antique and art collectors, before heading out across the beautiful Shimmings…

Petworth Cottage Museum

The museum is a Leconfield Estate worker’s cottage restored and furnished as it might have been in about 1910, when Mrs. Mary Cummings lived in 346. The museum also has a rare collection of Petworth Goss China. The museum is staffed by volunteer…

The 2021 Petworth Festival 14 - 31 July

Summer Arts Festival and Autumn Literary Week staged at venues in and around the beautiful market town of Petworth. Founded in 1979, the now three week festival annually programmes artists and performers from the very top drawer right across the…

A view of The National Trust's Petworth Park

Petworth House boasts an extraordinary collection of art and sculpture and stunning state rooms, set in beautiful grounds and parklands.

Petworth House & Park Ancient Trees Walk

Discover more about the ancient trees that dominate the skyline of Petworth Park on this circular walk. Marvel at some of the oldest and largest trees in the country and see a 1,000-year-old ancient oak that has survived all the…

Petworth Walks - Petworth Park, Lodsworth & Bexleyhill – Parkland, Priory and Pinewoods

This circular walk in West Sussex is a full day’s excursion. It is mostly a level walk, but its length makes it fairly strenuous, although the beauty of the landscape will lighten your feet. There are fine views all the…

Pulborough to Petworth

Walk across the Arun Valley and Greensand Hills from Pulborough to the attractive market town of Petworth, with one of the National Trust’s finest properties.

Rountree Tryon Gallery artwork

Roundtree Tryon Gallery is located in Petworth, local to the city of Chichester and the South Downs National Park.

An image showing St Mary the Virgin Church at Upwaltham, West Sussex

  Situated between Chichester and Petworth, this tiny Grade 1 listed twelfth century drovers’ church lies in a stunningly beautiful valley on the South Downs. Cardinal Manning, a previous incumbent and subsequently Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, described it as “very…

There’s nothing quite as English as an afternoon tea complete with dainty sandwiches, freshly baked scones and cakes, and a proper cup of tea served in fine bone china.

The Fittleworth Gallery

The Fittleworth Gallery Set against the back drop of the South Downs National Park, the Fittleworth Gallery has been created in a location which is renowned for Art and Artists. We are a discreet and discerning Gallery aiming to provide…

The Petworth Housekeepers Tour

Petworth House shaped Petworth town, which crowds against its high walls, and the labour of the townspeople kept the house and estate working for centuries. The legacy of the town’s service is all around. For many centuries virtually everyone in…

Trotton Estate Vineyards

Trotton Estate Vineyards are owned by Robin and Carolyn Butler. 2021 Tours and Tastings are planned to start in May. Two tours are offered each week until September: 2pm on Fridays or 11am on Saturdays. The team look forward to…

An image showing the vines at Upperton Vineyard, West Sussex

Upperton Vineyards is a family owned vineyard nestled in the heart of Sussex. Producing English Sparkling wine and “Defining Great English Sparkling Wine”. Established in 2005, Andy Rogers began Upperton Vineyards with 800 trial vines. These vines were comprised of three…

Walk in the Footsteps of Turner at Petworth House

Stroll around the glassy lake where the artist regularly fished, take in the view revealed in his painting ‘Dewy Morning’ and look out for the flaming yellow and orange foliage of acres, as well as vibrant red oaks and the…