The Goodwood Estate

Goodwood Estate


Goodwood is England’s greatest sporting estate. Seat of the Dukes of Richmond for over three centuries, the family has always welcomed their friends and guests to share in their love of sport. Hunting, shooting, cricket, horseracing, golf, flying and motor racing have all been introduced by enthusiastic family members.

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Goodwood

 Car journey time from London:

  • 2 hrs - 64 miles / 103 km

Recommended accommodation:

  • The Goodwood Hotel
  • Lainston House
  • The White Horse

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THE GOODWOOD ESTATE

Goodwood is England’s greatest sporting estate. Seat of the Dukes of Richmond for over three centuries, the family has always welcomed their friends and guests to share in their love of sport. Hunting, shooting, cricket, horseracing, golf, flying and motor racing have all been introduced by enthusiastic family members.

Goodwood has been at the heart of the English summer season for at least two hundred years. It hosts the internationally famous Festival of Speed, The Qatar Goodwood Festival and Goodwood Revival, three of the largest events in the British sporting and social calendar.

Within its 12,000 acres, Goodwood is home to one of the largest lowland organic farms in England, a famous Battle of Britain airfield, a historic racecourse and motor circuit, two golf courses and one of the oldest cricket grounds in the country, all centred around the magnificent Goodwood House.

THE KENNELS

The Kennels were built in 1787 to house the third Duke of Richmond’s fox hounds at a cost of £6,000. Designed by the celebrated architect, James Wyatt, the elegant flint and brick building boasted an early central heating system to keep the hounds in top condition.

For most of the twentieth century, the Kennels were used as the clubhouse for the Goodwood Golf Club and then in 2006, they were transformed into a superb clubhouse for all of the sporting memberships on the estate. The interior is hung with both old family photographs and modern art – a chic mix of traditional taste and modern style. Much of the food served at the Kennels comes directly from the Goodwood Estate’s own organic farm.

MOTOR SPORT AT GOODWOOD ESTATE

In recent years, Goodwood has become synonymous with motorsport. In part this is due to its illustrious motorsport heritage: the ninth Duke of Richmond was a famous racing driver and turned the Second World War airfield on the Goodwood Estate into the Goodwood Motor Circuit in 1948. From those austere post-war days until 1966, when the motor circuit closed down, Goodwood hosted some of the famous racing drivers and iconic cars in thrilling wheel-to-wheel racing.

Today, it is home to the annual Goodwood Revival, the world’s most popular historic race meeting, as well as a host of other motor sport activities which take place throughout the year, including track days and car launches.

The annual Festival of Speed, which was started by the Earl of March in 1993, takes place in the park around the house as drivers compete up Goodwood’s legendary 1.16 mile hill climb. Combined with the Moving Motor Show, which takes place on the first day of this four-day meeting, the Festival of Speed is the largest car culture event in the world.

Goodwood Experiences

To understand the world’s love affair with the Land Rover, you need to drive one and preferably drive a classic. We make no bones about it, these vehicles have seen life, and they have character and patina, which makes them totally unique. As quintessentially British as a plate of fish and chips, the boxy, utilitarian Land Rover has become an iconic part of what it is to be British.

Feel every bump and drop as you adventure through rutted tracks and woodland forest across Goodwood’s glorious Estate in our fleet of classic Land Rovers from the 1960s. Embrace the bouncy ride and lack of modern technology as you take in the breath-taking views and stunning scenery of the Sussex South Downs.

What can be included in your Experience:

  • A drivers briefing and introduction to vehicle
  • One classic Land Rover with the option to bring up to four drivers
  • An instructor to provide advice on vehicle control, obstacle handling and stories from the Estate
  • 60-minutes of driving
  • Tea, coffee and homemade cookies