Discover Petworth - the beautiful Market Town set in the heart of the South Downs, West Sussex


Petworth is a picturesque market town nestled in the heart of the South Downs National Park, just over an hour’s drive from London and only 30 minutes from the south coast. The town has many treasures to discover making it a day out to remember. Petworth House & Park, Petworth Cottage Museum and Coultershaw Beam Pump are on the doorstep whilst National gems and other attractions such as Arundel Castle, Parham House and Gardens, Polo at Cowdray Park, Glorious Goodwood, Chichester Cathedral, Bignor Roman Villa, Amberley Working Museum, and the RSPB Nature Reserve in Pulborough are all within a 12-mile radius. With good connections to the rest of West Sussex and beyond, the nearest BR station is only 4.6 miles away at Pulborough and buses serve Chichester, Horsham, Midhurst and Worthing.

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History of Petworth

The town of Petworth has a rich history. Settled since at least Norman times, it is mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086.


West Sussex

Petworth is nestled in the heart of beautiful West Sussex and an area of outstanding natural beauty. 


Petworth & Antiques

Petworth has an international reputation as a leading antiques centre with over 30 antique shops dotted around the town.


The Perfect Pitstop

Give your feet and taste buds a treat by stopping off at one of the many cafes, pubs and restaurants in Petworth.

What's On in Petworth


Plan your visit to Petworth

Petworth is a special place – at any time of the year. Find out what’s on and when in our Petworth Events Calendar.

Getting to Petworth

Where is Petworth?

Petworth is a market town in West Sussex, England.

Petworth’s surrounding towns and villages include Pulborough, Midhurst, Fernhurst and Billingshurst.

The closest major cities are London, Guildford, Portsmouth and Southampton.

Parking in Petworth

Parking in Petworth

Pound Street Car Park is easily accessible and within a short walking distance of the town centre.

There 249 spaces and 2 disabled spaces.

The parking tariff is between 9.00am – 5.00pm Monday – Saturday and parking is free up for up to 1 hour.

Sunday parking is free of charge.

Parking Charges:

Up to 1 hour – Free
Up to 2 hours – 20p
Up to 4 hours – 60p

Getting to Petworth by Road

Petworth is ideally situated for exploring the South East of England by road.

Just a 1hr drive from the M25 London Ring Road on the located on A283, it is within easy distance of not only the local attractions but beautiful beaches, historic dockyards and of course the stunning scenery of the South Downs National Park.

Getting to Petworth by Train

The closest station to Petworth is Pulborough 5¼ miles. The No. 1 Stagecoach bus service between Worthing and Midhurst stops in Petworth and passes Pulborough train station.

There is a Taxi service at Pulborough station, call into the cafe to book or call Tri-Cars on 01403 783285.

Buses to Petworth

The following bus routes pass through Petworth town centre:

No. 1 Stagecoach service between Worthing and Midhurst (passes Pulborough train station).

No. 75 Compass service from Horsham to Petworth

No. 99 Compass service from Chichester to Petworth

Please note bus services do not run on Sundays or bank holidays with the exception of a limited No. 99a Compass service from Chichester to Petworth on Sundays.

Nearest Airports to Petworth

Petworth is only 40 minutes drive from Gatwick Airport, Gatwick, RH6 0NP, West Sussex.