Penshurst Place is a historic building located in Kent, 30 miles south east of London.
The original medieval house, home to the Sydney family for over 460 years, is one of the most complete surviving examples of 14th-century domestic architecture in England, and a beautiful example of Elizabethan architecture.
Built in 1341 for Sir John de Pulteney, a London merchant and four times Lord Mayor of London, at the time when such properties ceased to be castles and turned into dwellings that could be defended in an emergency.
Henry VIII acquired Penshurst Place in 1521 and used it as a hunting lodge it for the rest of his reign. The property is only a few miles from Hever Castle, childhood home of Henry's second wife Anne Boleyn.
Philip Sidney (1554–1586), poet and courtier, was born at Penshurst Place in 1554, and on his death his brother Robert inherited Penshurst.
By the 19th century, the building was falling into disrepair, but a new occupant in 1818, Sir John Shelley-Sidney, and his son Philip began to restore it. Today it’s one of the best preserved medieval buildings and estate in England.
In addition to the house, Penshurst Place is known for its extensive gardens, which cover 11 acres of land and are divided into different areas, including a formal Italian garden, a wildflower meadow, and a herb garden.
One of the most popular attractions at Penshurst Place is the Maize Maze. Open during the summer months, the maze covers seven acres and is a fun challenge for visitors of all ages.
Penshurst Place is steeped in history and has played a role in many important events over the centuries. The estate was used as a base for troops during World War II and was the location for the filming of the popular TV series, The Tudors.
Visiting Penshurst Place is a unique opportunity to step back in time and experience the grandeur and beauty of a bygone era.