With its grand, castle-like façade and idyllic 10-acre gardens, Penshurst Place is regarded as one of England’s most beautiful heritage properties, and the striking interiors have starred in movies like The Other Boleyn Girl and The Princess Bride, as well as in British TV series, Merlin.
Built in the mid-14th century, Penshurst is the ancestral home of the Sidney family and the birthplace of acclaimed Elizabethan poet, Sir Philip Sidney, and has a long list of royal connections, first gifted to the family by Edward VI and later visited by both Henry VIII and Elizabath I. As well as its stunning Elizabethan gardens, which now feature an adventure playground and a garden restaurant, Penshurst is most renowned for its magnificent Baron's Hall, where the dramatic centerpiece is a six-meter-long trestle table, dating back to the 15th century.
Penshurst Place is located near Tonbridge, Kent in South East England, approximately 51 km from London. The estate is open daily from 10:30am to 6pm and adult admission at the time of writing starts from £10 for access to the gardens.