Watts Gallery - Artists' Village is a unique Arts & Crafts gem nestled in the Surrey Hills. Visitors can discover Victorian paintings and sculpture in the historic Watts Gallery before a cream tea in the tea shop. They can stroll to the nearby Grade-I listed Watts Chapel, taking in the beautiful woodlands and grounds, or find out more about the lives of the founders, G F and Mary Watts, on a tour of the artists' home, Limnerslease. Finally, there's art for sale in the Watts Contemporary exhibition in the Pottery Building, along with a wide selection of gifts, books and homeware in the shop.
Facilities – at a glance
- Suitable for children of all ages
- Parking onsite
- Parking nearby
- Facilities: Large print guides
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: 10.30am–5pm, Tues to Sun. The tea shop and visitor centre are open on Mondays.
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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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