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Type:Towns & Villages



Set in the glorious countryside of the South Downs, Petersfield is an ancient market town originally built as a Norman 'new town' at the end of the 11th Century. It is now a pleasant place for shopping and eating out.

The main square is an attractive focal point providing the perfect venue for twice weekly markets on Saturdays and Wednesdays. There is a Farmers' Market on the first Sunday of every month. At its centre stands the magnificent equestrian statue of King William III. The Church of St. Peter dates back to 1120 and retains many original features.

Petersfield has a vibrant musical and artistic scene. The Petersfield Musical Festival is a week-long musical extravaganza in March, which has taken place since 1901. Music, art and drama can be enjoyed at Bedales Arts in nearby Steep. The town was also once the home and studio of local artist Flora Twort and you can visit a gallery with her paintings.

A small museum, situated in the 19th century Court House behind the town's Police Station, gives the local history of Petersfield and the surrounding area.

Nearby, Butser Ancient Farm is a fascinating place to visit. Elevated upon the South Downs, with fine panoramic views to the sea is the historic house of Uppark. Also worth a visit is Stansted Park, either to see the house and grounds or on one of their special event days; Hollycombe Steam Fair, near Liphook; and Hinton Ampner Garden near Bramdean. There are numerous walks and cycle rides in the area, in particular at Queen Elizabeth Country Park.

Further afield a trip to Portsmouth for a visit to the Historic Dockyard is possible. Or go to the cathedral cities of Chichester or Winchester. 

A range of hotel and bed and breakfast and self-catering accommodation is available in Petersfield, all listed on this site is quality assessed.


Map & Directions

Road Directions

Easily accessible and well signposted from the A3, Petersfield is just one hour from London and handy for Portsmouth, Chichester and Winchester.

Public Transport Directions

Regular train service from London Waterloo.

What's Nearby

  1. Flora Twort Gallery and Petersfield Museum

    A selection of fascinating paintings of local interest by local artist.

    0.16 miles away
  2. Edward Thomas circular walk

    A 4 mile circular walk with stunning views of the South Downs

    1.25 miles away
  3. Buriton Literary Walk Inspired by W H Hudson

    This walk starts in the village of Buriton and explores parts of the South Downs National...

    1.95 miles away
  1. Queen Elizabeth Country Park

    With over 2000 acres of downland and woodland, Queen Elizabeth Country Park is located in...

    3.62 miles away
  2. Harting Down

    Dramatic hill-top views and secluded valleys, with abundant wild flowers

    Harting Down...

    4.05 miles away
  3. Uppark House and Garden

    A fine late 17th Century National Trust house and its treasures set high on the South...

    4.08 miles away
  4. Butser Ancient Farm

    Butser Ancient Farm, nestled within the Southdowns National Park, is a wonderful outdoor...

    4.76 miles away
  5. Gilbert White's House & Garden and The Oates Collection

    Historic house and garden, home of Gilbert White, author of 'The Natural History of...

    6.4 miles away
  6. Old Thorns Championship Golf Course

    Old Thorns magnificent championship golf course ranges across the rolling hills of the...

    6.59 miles away
  7. Flora Thompson Circular Walk

    Flora Thompson, of Lark Rise and Candleford fame, inspired this circular walk on Weavers...

    7.08 miles away
  8. Hollycombe - Steam in the Country

    Hollycombe Steam in the Country offers visitors a nostalgic look at how the Victorians...

    7.56 miles away
  9. Hambledon Vineyard

    The UK’s oldest commercial vineyard and now a top sparkling wine producer, Hambledon is...

    7.78 miles away
  10. The Lavender Fields

    Welcome to Lavender Fields at Hartley Park Farm in the heart of the Hampshire countryside.

    7.82 miles away
  11. Woolbeding Gardens

    A beautiful 20th-century masterpiece featuring colourful borders, a landscape garden and...

    7.85 miles away
  12. Woolbeding Countryside

    There are some wonderful walks around this secluded part of Sussex. Take a stroll along...

    7.85 miles away
  13. Stansted Park

    Stansted Park is home to stunning weddings, forest walks, afternoon teas and some of the...

    8.05 miles away
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