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Painshill 18th Century Landscape

Painshill 18th Century Landscape
Portsmouth Road

KT11 1JE

tel: 01932 868113
fax: 01932 868001

Area: Surrey
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Painshill 18th Century Landscape -- Surrey
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Painshill 18th Century Landscape
Last Update*  23-02-2014

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 Opening Days and Hours

NOTE for 2015: Please check with garden owners or their website to confirm current dates open

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).

Parties / Coaches: Yes
Groups / Coaches need Appointment: Yes
Pre-booked discounted rates for adults groups (number 10+). Group visits can includes a guided tour.

House Open for Viewing: No

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National Garden Scheme days: No
Best Times of Year to Visit:
All Year
To see:
The John Bartram Heritage Collection of North American trees and shrubs (Plant Heritage, NCCPG)
 Admission Prices
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
 Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Lavatories: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Shop: Yes
Plants for Sale: No
Lunches: Yes
Teas: Yes
Light Refreshment: Yes
Picnics: Yes
Dogs Allowed: No
On Lead only: Yes
Special Events: Yes
Other Facilities & Comments:
Suitable venue for weddings and corporate events with appropriate facilities.
Disabled information plus mobility and walking aids
 Garden Features & Events
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.
English Heritage/Visit Scotland Garden Grade: I
National Collection:
 Description of Garden
Designer: Hon Charles Hamilton
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".
 History of Garden
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.
 Nearby Surrey Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:
Hilton National Hotel, Cobham, Surrey
Inns & Pubs:
The Running Mare, The Tilt, Cobham
The Plough, Downside
The Prince of Wales, West End, Esher.
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The garden information above was last updated on 23-02-2014

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