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Open Weekends, 16 Feb–24 Mar; half term 18–22 Feb (house closed); daily, 30 Mar–27 Oct.

PENSHURST PLACE & GARDENS

Partner Garden
Free access for RHS members at selected times

Penshurst
Tonbridge
TN11 8DG

Follow brown tourist signs from A21 Hildenborough exit.

19.8ha (49 acres), plus 4.4ha (11 acres) walled garden

Tel
01892 870307

Visit website

Admission

Non-member adult £10.

RHS members

Free access (Member 1 only) - applies when open (except paid event days, children of any age & group bookings).

Facilities

  • Baby changing facilities
  • Café
  • Children's activities
  • Children's playground
  • Disabled access
  • Disabled facilities
  • Gift shop
  • Group rates
  • Guide dogs only
  • Parking
  • Picnics allowed
  • Plants for sale
  • Restaurant
  • Toilets

Features

  • Arboretum
  • Autumn colour
  • Colour themed borders
  • Herbaceous border
  • Mediterranean/Italian garden
  • Pond or lake
  • Sculpture
  • Woodland

About the garden

Owned by
Viscount De L'Isle

Designed By
George Carter

The historic walled gardens are the jewel in the crown of Penshurst Place; with records dating back to 1346, they provide a superb example of Elizabethan garden design. Visitors to the gardens will find 11 acres of garden 'rooms' providing a variety of form, foliage and bloom throughout the year. 

Garden highlights include the 100m peony border that blooms in late May, providing a spectacular array of pinks and fuchsias for the early summer. The Orchard and restored Rose Garden are also not to be missed, showing a variety of plant life and colour throughout the season. Be sure to stop and admire the Blue and Yellow Border, featuring two varieties of iris; Iris 'Penshurst Blue' and Iris 'Penshurst Yellow', specially bred for Penshurst Place by Olga Wells from the Kent Iris Society. 

Other fantastic garden rooms to see during a visit include the Grey and White Garden, the magnificent Italian Garden with its large central fountain, the Magnolia Garden and the Union Jack Flag Garden. 

Surrounding the historic buildings of Penshurst Place, which date back to 1341, visitors will find a variety of manicured lawns, ancient trees and shady spots for quiet rest and relaxation. Away from the formal gardens is the ancient historic parkland of the Penshurst Place estate, which features a rich mix of landscapes, habitats and wildlife. 

There are two self-guided walking trails available that take in the beautiful village of Penshurst, and a local bicycle route that leads cyclists to central Tonbridge.

Plants of special interest

  • Agapanthus
  • Alliums
  • Alpines
  • Asters
  • Autumn bulbs
  • Bluebells
  • Camellias
  • Clematis
  • Conifers
  • Cut flowers
  • Cyclamen
  • Daffodils
  • Dahlias
  • Delphiniums
  • Fruit blossom
  • Fruit bushes/trees
  • Fuchsias
  • Hellebores
  • Hemerocallis
  • Herbs
  • Hostas
  • Irises
  • Laburnum
  • Lavender
  • Magnolias
  • Maple
  • Orchids
  • Primulas
  • Rhododendrons/azaleas
  • Roses
  • Shade-loving plants
  • Snowdrops
  • Spring bulbs
  • Topiary
  • Waterlilies
  • Wildflowers
  • Wisteria

Get involved

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