Goodwood House Chichester Kennel Hill, England, PO18 0PX

Goodwood House, the home of the Duke and Duchess of Richmond and Gordon, combines the glamour of a great English country house with the warmth of a family home.

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Set in the heart of the Sussex Downs, Goodwood is England’s greatest sporting estate and has been home to the Dukes of Richmond for over 300 years.

One of the UKs finest stately homes

The history of Goodwood House as we know it today, spans back many centuries. The house was first purchased by the 1st Duke of Richmond – the natural son of King Charles II and his French mistress, Louise de Keroualle.

The 1st Duke of Richmond originally bought Goodwood as a hunting lodge and subsequent Dukes enlarged the existing Jacobean house to create the magnificent house that we see today – one of the finest stately homes in the country, set in mature parkland against the backdrop of the Sussex Downs.

Indulge in Regency

Goodwood House looks like three sides of an octagon, and it used to be thought that it was intended to build the complete figure, but this has never been proved.

It is not known what the intentions were when this somewhat picturesque shape was devised, but the layout certainly works perfectly for a private family home combined with grand public apartments and far reaching views over the park.

The house has recently been refurbished by the Duke and Duchess of Richmond, giving it an up to date sense of the Regency, with strong colours and stylish drapes and fabrics.

Art at Goodwood House

Now home to some astonishing treasures including celebrated paintings by Stubbs and Canaletto, the house is open to the public on set days and waiting to be explored.

Each year, taking place from August to October, an exhibition is held at Goodwood House relating to the history of Goodwood.

Previous exhibitions include Royal Goodwood. Dancing into Battle and most recently, Glorious Goodwood which complemented the publication of Glorious Goodwood: A Biography of England’s Greatest Sporting Estate.

Tours and Afternoon Tea

If you’re looking to learn more about the magnificent Goodwood House, you can do so on a visit. Goodwood House is open to the public most Sundays and Mondays when you can explore the State Apartments and Old House in your own time.

Glorious Goodwood tour guides are on hand in each room, ready to answer any questions that you may have. Private group tours are also available upon request.

Goodwood House: Afternoon Tea_Alex Benwell

If you’re looking to extend your stay, or truly indulge in all things Goodwood, why not combine your visit with afternoon tea? Enjoy an array of sandwiches, cakes, pastries and traditional English scones in Goodwood House’s magnificent Ballroom.

Other things to do

Chichester Harbour walks- no.8

The ideal walk for those who love sea views. However, go prepared as there aren’t any shops or refreshment stops once on the island.

Goodwood Racecourse

There’s so much great horseracing to be experienced at Goodwood racecourse. With 19 unique Goodwood race days taking place throughout the season, including the Qatar Goodwood Festival, there’s something for everyone.

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Chichester is home to eleven lakes surrounding Chichester Lakeside Holiday Park, nine of which are dedicated fishing lakes.

An image of a cyclist on the South Downs Way with walkers in the background

Enjoy breath-taking views, picturesque towns and villages, and a huge variety of landscapes and wildlife by cycling the South Downs Way.

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Your luxury, private Chichester Art Tour starts with a special morning private guided tour of Chichester Cathedral. Fine art, medieval wall paintings and sculpture reliefs feature alongside Victorian glass work and contemporary religious art of the highest quality. After lunch…

Golf at Goodwood

If you’re looking for great golf in the South Downs, then looks no further than Goodwood Golf. The Goodwood golf club, home to the renowned Goodwood Downs Course and The Park Course, offers something for all golf enthusiasts, no matter what their ability.

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An Annual Festival of the arts in Chichester featuring live music and theatre, poetry,book events and much more

Goodwood Motorsport

Goodwood motorcircuit is the only classic circuit in the world to remain entirely in its original form, after being lovingly restored. Home of the world-famous Goodwood Revival and Members’ Meeting, the circuit combines all the nostalgia of the golden era of motorsport with the modern technology of today.