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?

We would love to accommodate you if possible.  Please contact our Wedding Coordinator on to discuss options and eligibility.


  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 facilities 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 the church’s architecture, history, art and of the people buried or commemorated inside to the visitor.

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