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Penshurst Place & Gardens

Penshurst Road, Penshurst TN11 8DB, England
+44 1892 870307
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A beautiful place

Stunning history, gardens, architecture and location. Possibly one of the best in the country. To... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
shaun t
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London, United Kingdom
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Disappointing experience

Since I retired three years ago, I have visited a number of large country houses and castles... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Nigel F
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Woodford, United Kingdom
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Discover the beauty and tranquillity of this enchanting historic family home and gardens, once the property of Henry VIII. With a unique medieval Baron's Hall, staterooms, and intimate walled Tudor gardens, that have colour and variety throughout the seasons. Penshurst Place is great for a family day out, with a large wooden Adventure Playground, Toy Museum, Woodland Trail, Garden Restaurant, Porcupine Pantry Coffee Shop, a Gift Shop (open all year) and an events calendar full of entertainment.
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good32%
  • Average8%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Penshurst Road, Penshurst TN11 8DB, England
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+44 1892 870307
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Stunning history, gardens, architecture and location. Possibly one of the best in the country. To be savoured especially on a glorious summer's day.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Since I retired three years ago, I have visited a number of large country houses and castles. Penshurst Place is by far the most disappointing. Lunch in the Garden Restaurant was poor. Ice cold quiche tasting of nothing was watery and clearly only recently defrosted....More

Thank Nigel F
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PenshurstPlace, Head of Marketing & Events at Penshurst Place & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Many thanks for taking the time to leave your review Nigel. Though we usually find the meals served in both the Porcupine Pantry and Garden Restaurant to be of a high-quality, we are sorry to read that on your visit this wasn't the case. We...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Favourite place to visit but each time we go we remark on the restaurant prices. If you are here over lunchtime then bring a picnic as the prices for food beyond a tea and coffee are expensive. Shame as this spoils a fantastic venueMore

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PenshurstPlace, Head of Marketing & Events at Penshurst Place & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We're really pleased to read we're one of your favourite places to visit, and hope you enjoyed your last day out with us. Our partner caterers who run the on-site food service regularly price check with similar venues who offer equally high quality meals, snacks,...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

My first visit on 11 July with my daughter and 4 year old grandchild. We had a yearly pass so I didn’t have to pay but it is quite expensive I noted if you are just visiting for the day. That said it the gardens...More

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PenshurstPlace, Head of Marketing & Events at Penshurst Place & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Many thanks for reviewing your visit to Penshurst Place,& Gardens we're thrilled to read you enjoyed the attractions and gardens, though we are naturally disappointed to read of your experience in the Garden Restaurant. We'd like to offer our sincere apologies that the level of...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Being short of time, we were unable to wait for the house to open at 12 pm. Why can't they open at, say, 10.30 am? However, we still had a very enjoyable visit. The gardens are a series of rectangular enclosures, each with different vegetation...More

Thank john g
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PenshurstPlace, Head of Marketing & Events at Penshurst Place & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Many thanks for your kind comments regarding your visit to the gardens John, we're pleased you were able to see so much colour during your visit and were also able to explore the beautiful village of Penshurst and its historic church. In regards to the...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very pleasant gardens but the purpose of my review is to comment on the Garden Cafe. The food served is a disgrace, little better than that sold by British Railways in the 1970's. If you really don't care about your visitors and you don't want...More

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PenshurstPlace, Head of Marketing & Events at Penshurst Place & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Many thanks for leaving your feedback regarding your visit. Naturally this is a disappointing review to receive and we offer our sincere apologies that the level of service and quality was not up to our usual standard on the day of our visit. We're sure...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had fine weather and the garden was in flower so these factors probably tipped our visit from 'interesting' to very enjoyable and memorable.

Thank Kate J
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PenshurstPlace, Head of Marketing & Events at Penshurst Place & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Many thanks for taking the time to leave your feedback Kate, we're pleased to read you enjoyed your visit and hope we can welcome you back soon.

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Penshurst is run by RHS as its second "southern base" alongside Wisley. But it's also the home of the de Lisle family, who occupy one wing. The gardens are formal, and beautifully maintained, with all the elements of an Elizabethan - or earlier manorial garden,...More

Thank spanner48
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PenshurstPlace, Head of Marketing & Events at Penshurst Place & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Many thanks for your kind comments, which we will be pleased to pass along to our gardening team and house stewards. We are in fact not a main RHS Garden, but we are an RHS Partner Garden, meaning we offer RHS members free entry but...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a lovely day here. The House itself is interesting and the Hall is very impressive. We all enjoyed the Toy Museum which is small but has some really fun pieces. The children enjoyed the Adventure Playground and the Gardens, which were beautiful in...More

Thank Elisabeth E
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PenshurstPlace, Head of Marketing & Events at Penshurst Place & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Many thanks for your comments Elisabeth. It's fantastic to read you had a fun day with us and made use of all the facilities open for our visitors to enjoy. We have passed along your comments regarding the customer experience in the restaurant and will...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Although the weather was against us the showers stayed away long enough for my wife and I to enjoy the amazing peony border and the rest of the lovely garden. Would also like to say thank you to the lady at the ticket counter who...More

Thank almanzobasildon
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PenshurstPlace, Head of Marketing & Events at Penshurst Place & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We're so glad to hear the rain didn't interfere with your enjoyment of the gardens! The Peonies are certainly one of our favourite features in the garden, and we're thrilled you were able to see them at their best.

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rosalind g
30 April 2018|
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Response from PenshurstPlace | Property representative |
There are indeed. We have a self-service restaurant with hot and cold meals, cakes, sandwiches and drinks, as well as a coffee shop at our visitor entrance. Toilets are both at the visitor entrance and the top of the gardens.
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Stacey_Ellen
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If you are thinking of making the visit with a school group purely for the toy museum, I'd say absolutely, definitely not! It's a lovely little museum but is very small, and I simply can't imagine a group of children fitting... More
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