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

Penshurst Church of St John the Baptist is an active part of Penshurst village life. Here are a few frequently asked questions by our many visitors.

  1. Can I be sure that the church will be open if I visit?

The church is kept open and unlocked during daylight hours every day of the year. It will only be difficult to enter if a service such as a funeral or a wedding is taking place. Most last under an hour and you can check beforehand on the diary section of the website.


  1. Can I be married in the church even if neither I nor my finacé(e) lives in Penshurst?

Yes, usually. Penshurst has always tried to welcome those who would like to marry in the church, especially if their wedding reception is at Penshurst Place next door – and the Church of England has now changed arrangements to make this easier. Rev. Tom Holme, the rector, will be delighted to talk it through with you – please telephone him on 01892 870316.


  1. I want to bring an elderly relative to a service or for a concert or for a visit. Will this be difficult?

Access and toilet facilties for the disabled are now much improved – please see the Facilities and Access section for more details.


  1. Is there a guide book available to help me look around?

Yes, there is a full, illustrated Guide Book to the building and people commemorated inside, costing £3 to buy, or a  free leaflet.

There are also information boards at the entrance and placed strategically around the church to help tell the story of its architecture, history, art and of the people buried or commemorated inside to the visitor.

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