Penshurst Place

Penshurst Place


Penshurst Place is the ancestral home of the Sydney family who ownded the Penshurst estate. The present manor house was built in 1341. This medieval house is one of the most complete examples of 14th-century domestic architecture in England surviving in its original location.


Penhurst Church

We welcome visitors at all times – the church is normally open during daylight hours, every day of the year.

Individual visitors

Visitors will find many interesting features illustrating the churches architectural, artistic, military and political heritage, with a free short guide or paid illustrated brochure also available.


Group tours (of ten or more)

An expert local guide, can be arranged, by emailing our administrator Margaret Atkins. Tours can be tailored to last for thirty minutes to an hour, with a donation of £1.50 to £2.50 per head requested.


School visits

We especially encourage school visits, with help given in matching to your curriculum through our educational packs. If you would like to discuss a visit, please email our administrator, Margaret Atkins, at

St John the Baptist Church, Penshurst

The Tomb of Sir Stephen de Penchester

Accessibility and Facilities

Access to the church has ben much improved by recent alterations. One step remains in the archway on the approach through Leicester Square, on land not owned by the church. Otherwise the approach is slightly uphill, but stepless.


Inside, the nave floor is smooth, but one step remains up into the Chancel or Sidney Chapel area. A ramp can be provided by prior arrangement: please ring 01892 870316.


There is an audio loop for the hard of hearing. There are now two modern toilets at the church, one suitable for use by disabled people or those looking after young children.



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