It takes around forty minutes to travel the seventeen miles to the house.
Precisely 200 years ago, the 3rd Duke of Richmond began an ambitious scheme to turn his small country house into a magnificent mansion fit for a duke. The duke planned to fill his new house with art, porcelain, and furniture. Each of the items were to be the latest in style in keeping with fashion. He began by building the main wing later adding a further two wings on the side, the west wing and the east wing. Both wings display a fabulous view over the park including, Chichester and the sea. The house is richly furbished with paintings by Canaletto, Van Dyke and Stubbs. There is a magnificent collection of Sevres porcelain, fine French furniture creating an atmosphere of 18th century Paris. The tapestry drawing room has been newly restored this year.
Today the Ducal house is owned and lived in by the Earl and Countess of March and their two young children. Goodwood house offers the glamour of a ducal seat, a treasure of fine arts along with a warm friendly approachability of a family home.
The house is open from Sundays and Mondays from 2nd April to 25th September. Sunday to Thursday from 6th August to 7th September. Opening hours are from 1 to 5pm.
It is closed on the 16th and 17th April, 14th April and 15th May, the whole of June, 30th July and 17th September.
Guided tours are available for groups and are approximately 20 minutes each. Can only be booked on the following days, 19th April, 17th May, 11th July, 26th September and 23rd October.