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All Year round except Christmas Day & Boxing Day; Mar - Oct; daily; 10.30am - 6pm. Last entry 4.30pm.
Nov - Feb; daily; 10.30am - 4pm (last entry 3pm or dusk if earlier).
Pre-booked discounted rates for adults groups (number 10+). Group visits can includes a guided tour.
The John Bartram Heritage Collection of North American trees and shrubs (Plant Heritage, NCCPG)
Adults £7.70, Concessions £6.60, Accompanied children (5-16) £4.20, Under 5's Free, Family (2 adults + 4 children) £25
Pre-Booked Adult Groups of 10+: £6.00
Pre-Booked Guided Tours for 10+: From £10 per person
Annual membership: Single £35, Double £50, Family (2A + 4C aged 5-16) £70
Suitable venue for weddings and corporate events with appropriate facilities.
The Hamilton Landscapes - including the Gothic Temple, Chinese Bridge, Crystal Grotto (limited opening times), Turkish Tent, the newly restored Hermitage, working vineyard and giant Waterwheel feeding the 14 acre serpentine lake. American Roots, a major horticultural exhibition, explores the 18th century exchange of plants between Europe and America. The story of how American seeds changed European gardens forever.
Hilton National Hotel, Cobham, Surrey
The Running Mare, The Tilt, Cobham The Plough, Downside The Prince of Wales, West End, Esher.
The 18th century landscape, which covers 158 acres, has been described as landscape theatre in which the spectator moves from scene to scene. Staged around a huge serpentine lake, surprises come at every turn - a Gothic Temple, Chinese Bridge, Ruined Abbey, Grotto, a Turkish Tent, Gothic Tower and spectacular waterwheel, all disappear and reappear as the walk proceeds. The great Cedar of Lebanon is reputedly the largest in Europe.
Painshill is delightful all year round, its moods changing with the seasons. Amongst the buildings, hills and towering cedars, the atmosphere is heightened by an array of authentic 18th century plantings: tiers of shrubs, colourful flowerbeds, even a working vineyard. The garden won the Europa Nostra Medal for exemplary restoration.
The garden was created by the Hon Charles Hamilton, plantsman, painter and brilliantly gifted designer, between 1738 and 1773. He transformed barren heathland into ornamental pleasure grounds and parkland of dramatic beauty and contrasting scenery, dominated by a 14 acre serpentine lake fed from the river by an immense waterwheel.
Take a leisurely circuit walk round Painshill and you will soon begin to appreciate what was in Charles Hamilton's mind when he designed his great ornamental landscape. He created a garden of different moods and variety to give Painshill its unique capacity to surprise and mystify visitors, leaving them spellbound.