The Gardens

'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

With benches and seating throughout the gardens, just sit and relax in tranquility.

There are also designated areas for picnics close to Lake Park and in the Adventure playground.

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.

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Head Gardener's Notes

Head Gardener's Notes

Discover what's been happening in the gardens with Notes from our Head Gardener.

Orchard in Spring (c) Christina Chelmick
Tulips at Penshurst Place & Gardens
Nut Garden in late spring wiht bulbs at Penshurst Place (c) David Markson
Peony Border at Penshurst Place (c) Tim Jordan
Diana's Bath (c) Darryl Curcher
New Jubilee Walk at Penshurst Place & Gardens
Flag Garden mound viewing platform (c) Penshurst Place
Flag Garden (c) Penshurst Place
Rose Garden (c) Penshurst Place
Church terrace in Autumn (c) Tim Jordan
Lime Walk in Autumn (c) Maryann Webster