Welcome to Firle

A Country Estate
in The South Downs
National Park

Firle Place is an outstanding privately owned country house in Sussex that dates from the time of Henry VIII, but which was substantially remodelled during the Georgian period. Firle Place is very much a family home which provides the perfect setting to house an exemplary collection of works of art, fine furniture and porcelain of national significance.

Incorporating several villages and farms spread over rolling hills, the Firle Estate, in the heart of the magnificent South Downs National Park, is just 60 miles from London. Firle illustrates a rare cultural continuity with an unusually intact estate and a thriving rural community. Central to the atmosphere is Firle’s diverse and culturally rich community with many artists, craftsmen and local businesses. As well as magnificent walks, bike rides and country pursuits, the Estate has many places to stay, eat and drink.

We would encourage you to explore things to see and do using the Interactive Guide to The Firle Estate and we wish you an enjoyable visit.

Public and private events, filming, festivities and weddings take place at Firle throughout the year. Please see the Wedding and Events section for more information.

Firle Place

House & Visits

2022 Season

Firle Place will be open to the public from Sunday 22nd May until Tuesday 25th October 2022*

Open days are Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, 12.00 noon until 5.00pm (last entry 4.00pm)

Visits to the house are by ticketed freeflow tours.  All tickets must be booked online.

*Firle Place will be opening for two additional days this season – Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th October.  Booking now open on-line. 



2022 Exhibition

Crowning Glory – The Story of Tiaras

28th August – 25th October 2022

This summer, diamonds, both real and faux, will be adorning the room settings at Firle Place in our Crowning Glory Exhibition – our tribute to Her Majesty the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year. The glittering exhibition will trace the history of glamorous jewellery and the enduring appeal, opulence and romance of the tiara through the exquisite costume jewellery collection made by designer Andrew Prince for historic films and television series.

Location of Hartfield in the feature film of Emma, directed by Autumn de Wilde. Working Title Films, Focus Features, Universal Pictures, 2020

 "A home fit for Emma"

Firle Place is pleased to have been used as a primary location in the feature film adaptation of Jane Austen’s beloved classic Emma. Brought to the big screen by Director Autumn de Wilde, the cast includes Anya Taylor-Joy, Bill Nighy, Johnny Flynn and Miranda Hart. In the new film, Firle Place is transformed into Emma’s home of Hartfield.