We visited as 2 adults and a 12 yr old boy, and found it to be a very enjoyable day out, a chance to visit one of England's grand houses with it's great art collection, set in a lovely park land with the bonus of being adjacent to a quaint Sussex town. Parking is just north of the house and on the day we visited had a marshal to assist in finding a place. The car park is pay and display which doesn't sit easy with me in that it is on the NT land and you then have to pay to enter the house anyway. To access the house is about a 10 minute walk along a slightly undulating path through very nice gardens. On arriving at the house, on the day we visited we could only see the ground floor, however it is quite extensive and very interesting, each room varied containing an excellent art collection, which itself is worth seeing. One thing that did stand out was the helpful, knowledgeable and friendly volunteers in each room, who were always available with an interesting fact or an explanation, or just a polite hello. I understand on some days more rooms are open which would be interesting to see. Opposite the house is the staff quarters, which again are interesting and well presented. also containing the shop, restaurant (not used) and direct access into Petworth Town. Outside the house we really enjoyed the park, you can walk as far as you want, however the large heard of deer seem to have an uncanny way of maintaining their distance! As stated there is direct access to the town which is worth a walk around, and in all we spent about 5 hours at Petworth. We had a picnic in the ground but did use the little 'French van' café, the drinks reasonably priced. To be quite honest I am amazed by the negative comments concerning Petworth House, it is not perfect (but where is?) and should be taken for what it is and enjoyed. As for price, we have just become members so it didn't effect us directly, however £14 is about top-line (+p&d), so perhaps a line should drawn at family tickets with two adults with all children free. Thoroughly recommended
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