town in Hampshire, England

Petersfield is a small town in Hampshire.

The Good Intent - one of many pubs


Petersfield, derived from 'St. Peters in the field' is a small town towards the western end of the South Downs National Park at the junction of the A272 road from Sussex to Winchester and the main A3 London to Portsmouth Road that bypasses the town.

Get inEdit

By carEdit

The town is just off the main A3 London to Portsmouth trunk route. It is also on the A272 road on the stretch between Midhurst and Winchester. Access from Alton and Aldershot can be achieved by the B3006 and A326 respectively. Options exist from Chichester and Emsworth of routes using the B2141 and B2146 roads however some may find use of the mostly dual carriageway A27 and A3 trunk roads may be more convenient.

By trainEdit

By busEdit

The town is served by Stagecoach buses from Havant, Waterloovile, Winchester and Alton. Emsworth and District Coaches provide a limited service from Chichester and Midhurst. The National Express Bus service 031 from Portsmouth to London calls at Petersfield once daily.

By bicycleEdit

On footEdit

  • 2 South Downs Way. Long distance footpath & bridleway (100 miles, 160 km) running Winchester in Hampshire to Eastbourne in East Sussex passes 4 miles (6½ km) S of Petersfield    
  • Shipwrights Way. Long distance footpath, bridleway and cycle route (50 miles, 80 km) in Hampshire running from Bentley Railway Station to Portsmouth via Alice Holt Forest, Liss, Liphook, Petersfield, Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Havant and Hayling Island with alternative routes for some more able walkers. The sections through Petersfield follow national cycle route 22.    

Get aroundEdit

The centre of the town is quite small and most places can be accessed by walking.


  • 1 [formerly dead link] Flora Twort Gallery, Church Path (Just off the square alongside St. Peters Church). Tu-Su 10AM-4PM. Exhibition celebrating local artist Flora Twort, once owner of Langstone Mill and friend of Neville Shute (Norway), the engineer and novelist.
  • 2 Petersfield Physic Garden (A path leads to the garden from the middle of the High Street just to the west of Folly Lane). 9AM-4PM/6PM. A private green garden in a 17th-century style in the centre of town. free.
  • 3 Petersfield Museum, The Old Courthouse, St Peter’s Rd, Petersfield GU32 3HX, +44 1730 262601. Mid-Mar to end-Nov: Tu-Sa 10AM-4PM.
  • 4 St Peter's Church, Church Path, The Square, Petersfield GU32 3HS, +44 1730 260213, .
  • 5 Uppark House & Garden, South Harting, Petersfield GU31 5QR (6 miles S of Petersfield). Free parking. Cafe. No dogs Whole property: adult £10.50, child £5.25; gardens only: adult £7, child £3.50.    
  • 6 Butser Ancient Farm, Chalton Lane Chalton PO8 0BG (about 8 km SSW of Petersfield, follow brown signs to Butser Ancient Farm off of the A3). Stone Age to Roman farm on archaeological site with reconstructed buildings, workshops, and ancient animal breeds. Hosts an annual wicker man burning on the feast of Beltain    
  • 7 The Festival Hall, Heath Road, GU31 4EA (just east of the High Street off Heath Road). Holds events, drama, music and films.


  • 1 [dead link] Heath Lake Boats, Heath Raod West (take the B2070 out of the town then take the B2146 at the sign marked Heath Pond). Seasonal boat and kayak hire on Heath Lake (subject to season and weather).
  • 2 Open Air Swimming Pool, The Courtyard, Heath Rd, Petersfield, GU31 4DZ, +44 1730 265143, . Heated. Adults £5, juniors £4.
  • 3 The Hangers Way (21 mile footpath). Alton Railway Station (15 miles (25 km) N of town) to Queen Elizabeth Country Park (5½ miles S of town).    
  • 4 [dead link] Queen Elizabeth Country Park, PO8 0QE (5½ miles (8½ km) S of town, OS Grid ref: SU718185), +44 2392 595040, . Walking, cycling, cafe, adventure play, picnics & BBQs.    
  • 5 Butser Hill (Butser Hill National Park), 4.5 km SW of Petersfield (follow signs to Butser Hill off of the A3 and go hast the Hampshire Hog; do not follow signs to Butser Ancient Farm; it can also be accessed by various trails). Butser Hill is the second highest point in Hampshire and is a SSSI.    
  • 6 Taro Leisure Centre, Penns Place, GU31 4EX (Bus 94 or from high street take Heath Road, Durford Road and Penns Road (1½ mi, 2½ km)), +44 3330 050473. Sports centre with swimming facilities, flume; health centre with spa pool; other non membership bookable activities


Petersfield includes an assortment of independent craft shops. There is a market in the square on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

  • 1 [dead link] All That's Handmade (Craft Shop), 11 Lavant St, Petersfield GU32 3EL, +44 1730 858170. Tu 9AM-noon & 1-4:15PM, W 9AM-noon, Th F 9AM-noon & 1-4:15PM, Sa 9AM-noon & 1-3PM.
  • 2 Waitrose (Supermarket), 8 Rams Walk, Petersfield GU32 3JA, +44 1730 233339. M-Th 7:30AM-8PM, F 7:30AM-9PM, Sa 7:30AM-8PM, Su 10AM-4PM.
  • 3 M&S Simply Food, 21-25 High St, Petersfield GU32 3JT, +44 1730 261962. M-F 8AM-8PM, Sa 8AM-7PM, Su 10:30AM-4:30PM.


  • 1 Fez (Turkish Restaurant & Meze Bar), 39b Chapel St, Bakery Lane, Petersfield GU32 3DY, +44 1730 231266. Daily 10AM-10PM, serving from 11:30AM.
  • 2 The Old Drum (Pub, Restaurant & Rooms), 16 Chapel St, Petersfield GU32 3DP, +44 1730 300208, . Pub: Tu-Th 10AM-11PM, F Sa 10AM-midnight, Su 10AM-8PM.
  • 3 [dead link] Ask Italian (Restaurant & Take-away), 19 High St, Petersfield GU32 3JT, +44 1730 231113. Daily 11AM-10PM. Free Wi-Fi


  • 1 The Square Brewery, The Square, GU32 3HJ. Fullers pub also offering food.
  • 2 The Red Lion (Pub & Food), 3 College St, Petersfield GU31 4AE, +44 1730 235160. M-W 8AM-midnight, Th 8AM-1AM, F Sa 8AM-12:30AM, Su 8AM-11PM.
  • 3 The Townhouse (Pub & Food), 28 High St, Petersfield GU32 3JL, +44 1730 265630, . M-F 10AM-11PM, Sa 10AM-midnight, Su 10AM-9PM.
  • 4 The Good Intent (Pub, food & rooms), College St, Petersfield GU31 4AF, +44 1730 263838. Pub: M-Sa 11AM-11PM, Su noon-11PM; food: M noon-2:30PM & 7-9PM, Tu-Sa noon-2:30PM & 6:30-9:30PM, Su noon-2:30PM & 7-9PM. Free Wi-Fi



  • 1 Post Office, 29 The Square, Petersfield GU32 3HG. M 9AM-5:30PM, Tu 9:30AM-5:30PM, W-F 9AM-5:30PM, Sa 9AM-12:30PM.

Go nextEdit

Routes through Petersfield
LondonHaslemere  NE   SW  → merges with  Portsmouth

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