Explore the 700 acre parkland and discover the views that inspired the landscape painter, JMW Turner on his many visits to Petworth.
Take the woodland path around the pleasure grounds with formal borders, wild flowers and the Doric Temple and Ionic Rotunda.
Part of the house is still lived in by Lord and Lady Egremont.
In 1150, the manor of Petworth was given to Joscelin of Louvain by his sister, widow of Henry I. On his marriage to Lady Agnes de Percy, Joscelin took her name.The earldom of Northumberland was granted to the family in 1377.
In 1682, Elizabeth Percy married Charles Seymour, 6th Duke of Somerset. They rebuilt Petworth in the Baroque style, possibly to a design by Daniel Marot. George London was commissioned to lay out the formal gardens on the north side.
Charles Wyndham, nephew of 7th Duke of Somerset and 2nd Earl of Egremont inherited Petworth in 1748. Between 1751 and 1763, ‘Capability’ Brown carried out extensive works. Brown swept away the earlier gardens, creating a more ‘natural’ style which included making the lake from former fishponds, laying out the park and designing the pleasure grounds.
The Ionic rotunda was possible designed by Matthew Brettingham at the suggestion of Brown. When seen from below, it symbolises the difficult and steep path to fame.
In 1869, the 2nd Baron Leconfield, employed Antony Salvin to make alterations to the house and grounds.
Petworth was given to the National Trust in 1947 by the 3rd Lord Leconfield.