Covering 158 acres, this magnificent 18th-century landscape garden was created by Charles Hamilton as a series of subtle and surprising vistas. Its landscape includes authentic 18th-century plantings, a working vineyard, unusual follies, and a unique grotto (limited opening times). The garden is also home to the John Bartram Heritage Collection of North American Trees and Shrubs. There are events for the whole family throughout the year and Father Christmas visits the grotto in December.
Facilities – at a glance
- Parking onsite
- Accessible route covering 2/3rds of the landscape
- Facilities: Pre-booked wheelchairs & guided buggy tour available; accessible route
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year, Apr-Oct, 10-6 (last entry 4.30); Nov-Mar, 10-4 (last entry 3). Closed 25-26 Dec. Limited opening times to grotto
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About the area
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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