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20 Jul 2013 - 02 Sep 2013
Summer Holiday Fun
Set in the beautiful Weald of Kent, Penshurst Place has stood on the banks of the river Medway since the 14th century. The property was owned by Henry VIII, after he beheaded the previous owner, before it became the property of the Sidney family in 1552. It has been in the same family to the present day - with an important historical and literary heritage.
At the heart of the fortified manor house is the unique Baron's Hall, built in 1341, followed by a series of staterooms containing an impressive collection of portraits, tapestries, furniture, porcelain and armour.
The historic gardens are as old and as significant as the house. These enchanting formal gardens were laid out in Tudor times and have remained remarkably true to their early design. Over a mile of yew hedging separates this 11 acre walled garden into a series of self-contained 'rooms'. Each garden offers an abundance of variety in form, foliage and bloom, which ensures a continuous display from Spring to Autumn.
In addition, visitors can enjoy a reminder of bygone childhoods in the Toy Museum, a delight for all ages. There is the Garden Tea Room which serves delicious home-cooked style menus, which can also be booked for group lunches, and a wonderful Gift Shop selling a wide selection of special gifts to suit all pockets. For children, there is the Venture Playground and Woodland Trail, providing a perfect day for all.