'Thou hast thy orchard fruit, thy garden flowers
fresh as the air, and new as are the hours'
The gardens at Penshurst Place, considered to be one of the most beautiful in England, are also one of the oldest, with records dating from 1346.
There are 48 acres of grounds, with the 11-acre formal walled garden one of the true splendours of Penshurst Place. Originally laid out in 1580 it has kept remarkably true to its original design.
Majestically surrounding the house, over one mile of yew hedging divides the garden into a series of ‘rooms’, each with its own season and colour. Altogether they make Penshurst Place and Gardens one of Britain’s most alluring and seductive spectacles, throughout the year.
Some Seasonal highlights
Spring flowering bulbs and sublime blossom displays
The Magnolia Garden in April
100 metre Peony Border in late May/early June
Clematis, the Wisteria, and the Water Lillies
Our new Jubilee Walk from late May/June
Soft tones of the Grey and White Garden in July
2000 roses and a sea of lavender in the Union Flag Garden in July/August
Lime Walk a vivid blaze of autumnal colour
And all year..
Reflective ponds and fountains
For a detailed map of the gardens please click here.
Further information on the history of the Gardens is displayed in the Garden Tower by the House entrance.
Alternatively our new guidebook (available to purchase at the visitor entrance) has a new garden tour written by Viscountess De L’Isle who introduces the 11-acre walled gardens that are among the oldest in private ownership. Designed to help visitors to get the best from their visit and experience every element of this wonderful garden, the book contains a garden map of each ‘outdoor room’, for reference. In the tour Lady De L’Isle explains the history and significance of the key garden areas that date back to 1346, moving from room to room and pointing out where best to enjoy the seasonal displays within the grounds.
If you would like to receive seasonal updates about the Garden and our PEONY ALERT, letting you know when the peonies are starting to flower, do join our mailing list. Tick The Gardens and Peony alert in 'your interests'.
We regret dogs are not allowed in the gardens and grounds of Penshurst Place except guide and assistance dogs.