Claremont Landscape Garden



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Once a Dukes' retreat and a playground for princesses, Claremont was laid out by Sir John Vanbrugh and Charles Bridgeman before 1720, and extended and naturalised by William Kent and Capability Brown. This is one of the earliest surviving examples of an English Landscaped Garden. Today there are still many unique and unexpected features to discover, including the large turf amphitheatre, serpentine lake, grotto, Camellia Terrace and Belvedere Tower. Look out for the Thatched Cottage, a tiny refuge filled with period toys, games, picnic rugs and dressing up clothes. Seasonal and special events are always on offer. There is a children’s play area and a café offering a tempting array of freshly baked cakes and light lunches.

Claremont Landscape Garden
Portsmouth Road, ESHER, KT10 9JG


  • Suitable for children of all ages
  • Parking onsite
  • Parking nearby
  • Cafe
  • Facilities: Wheelchairs available, Braille guide, induction loop, ramp to café
  • Accessible toilets
Opening times
  • Open all year
  • Opening Times: Open daily all year, Apr-28 Oct, 10-6 including BH Mon; 29 Oct-Jan, 10-4; Feb-Mar, 10-5. Closed 24-25 Dec

About the area

Discover Surrey

Surrey may be better known for its suburbia than its scenery, but the image is unjust. Over a quarter of the county’s landscapes are official Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and along the downs and the greensand ridge you can gaze to distant horizons with hardly a building in sight. This is one of England’s most wooded counties, and has more village greens than any other shire. You’ll find sandy tracks and cottage gardens, folded hillsides and welcoming village inns. There’s variety, too, as the fields and meadows of the east give way to the wooded downs and valleys west of the River Mole.

Of course there are also large built-up areas, mainly within and around the M25; but even here you can still find appealing visits and days out. On the fringe of Greater London you can picnic in Chaldon’s hay meadows, explore the wide open downs at Epsom, or drift idly beside the broad reaches of the stately River Thames. Deep in the Surrey countryside you’ll discover the Romans at Farley Heath, and mingle with the monks at England’s first Cistercian monastery. You’ll see buildings by great architects like Edwin Lutyens and Sir George Gilbert Scott, and meet authors too, from John Donne to Agatha Christie. 

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