Goodwood Estate: A Visitor's Guide

Goodwood Estate is a historic and expansive estate located in West Sussex. The estate is renowned for its rich heritage, picturesque landscapes, and a wide range of cultural and sporting events.

A long and storied history dating back to the 17th century

Food lies at the core of our mission. Our menu showcases our deep appreciation for seasonal, contemporary British cuisine, with each dish crafted to bring out its unique flavours. If you’re curious about the sources of our ingredients, please feel free to ask, and we’ll gladly share. We make every effort to incorporate local ingredients into our dishes whenever possible.

The Royal Oak offers a range of accommodations, including five ensuite bedrooms, a family room, and two cottages, all seamlessly blending warmth, comfort, and rustic charm with modern conveniences like iPod docking, complimentary WiFi, and flat-screen TVs.


At the heart of the estate is Goodwood House, a magnificent Georgian mansion known for its elegant architecture and extensive art collection. The house is open to the public at certain times of the year.

Goodwood Estate is famous for hosting a variety of prestigious events, including:

  • Goodwood Festival of Speed: An annual motorsport festival that attracts car enthusiasts from around the world. It features historic and contemporary racing cars, hill climbs, and various exhibitions.
  • Goodwood Revival: A vintage motor racing event that transports attendees back in time to the golden era of motorsport. Participants and spectators often dress in period attire from the 1940s, 50s, and 60s.
A Storied History

The roots of Goodwood Estate can be traced back to the late 17th century when the first Duke of Richmond purchased the estate. Over the centuries, the estate has witnessed the passage of time, playing host to royal gatherings, and grand events, and serving as a hub for social and cultural activities. The iconic Goodwood House, a majestic 17th-century mansion, remains at the heart of the estate, offering a glimpse into the opulent lifestyle of the aristocracy.

Motorsport Mecca

Goodwood Estate has carved a niche for itself in the world of motorsports, becoming synonymous with the renowned Goodwood Festival of Speed and Goodwood Revival. The Festival of Speed, held annually, attracts motor enthusiasts from around the globe to witness a spectacular showcase of vintage and modern cars, motorcycles, and legendary racing drivers tackling the famous hill climb.

The Goodwood Revival, a step back in time, transports visitors to the glamour and excitement of the motor racing world in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. The meticulously preserved historic racing circuit, along with participants and spectators dressed in period attire, creates an immersive experience that is both nostalgic and thrilling.

Equestrian Excellence

Beyond the realm of motorsports, Goodwood Estate has a strong association with equestrian events, most notably the Goodwood Racecourse. Set against the backdrop of the South Downs, the racecourse hosts top-tier horse racing events, including the prestigious Glorious Goodwood festival. With its charming setting and a tradition of attracting elite jockeys and racehorses, the racecourse adds a touch of sophistication to the estate’s diverse offerings.

Country Pursuits and Leisure

Goodwood’s charm extends beyond the adrenaline-fueled events, inviting visitors to explore its expansive parklands, walking trails, and golf courses. The estate’s commitment to conservation is evident in its well-maintained gardens and woodlands, providing a haven for nature lovers and those seeking a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.


The Royal Oak is just a four minute drive from the Goodwood Estate.

Head west towards New Road

Turn right onto New Road for approximately a mile.

Continue onto Fordwater Road

Turn right onto Pook Lane and the Royal Oak will be on your left.