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Portsmouth Road, Esher,
Surrey, KT10 9JG

01372 467806

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Opening Days and Hours
Dates/days/times open:

1st Jan - 31st Jan; 10am - 4pm
1st Feb - 31st Mar, 10am - 5pm
1st Apr - 31st Oct; 10am - 6pm
1st Nov - 31st Dec; 10am - 4pm (
Open every day except closed 25th Dec. Belvedere Tower open 1st January 11am to 2pm and first weekend each month May to October 2pm to 4pm. May close early on events days in July and in bad weather, especially high winds (telephone before visit). Last admission 30 minutes before closing.

Parties/Coaches: Yes

Parking at entrance.

Group Appointment: Yes

Coach parties must book; no coach parking at weekends, Bank Holidays or local school holiday.

House Open for Viewing: No
National Garden Scheme days: Yes

Sunday 10 May, 10am-5.30pm.
Sunday 11 October, 10 am - 5.30 pm

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Admission Prices

Gift Aid Admission (Standard Admission prices in brackets)
Adult £8.00 (£7.25), child £4.00 (£3.60), family £20.00 (£18.10).
£1 cafe voucher given if arriving by public transport (please present valid ticket)

Onsite Facilities
Parking: Yes
Shop: Yes
Teas: Yes
Dogs Allowed: Yes
Lavatories: Yes
Plants for Sale: Yes
Refreshment: Yes
On Lead only: Yes
Disabled Access: Yes
Lunches: Yes
Picnics: Yes
Special Events: Yes
Other Facilities & Comments:

Disabled Access: around lake safe and accessible, 2 wheelchairs (booking advisable), disabled lavatory.
Dogs on lead winter months only
Children's play area
visit own website for full event programme:

Garden Features & Events

One of the first and finest gardens of the English Landscape style; A tranquil oasis in urban Surrey; Parkland created by some of the great names in garden history; Unique 18th-century grass amphitheatre; Serpentine lake with a superb variety of waterfowl - 52 species to spot; Home to one of the finest Lebanese cedars in England; Lots of exciting children's trails during school holidays.

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National Collection:
Nearby Cambridgeshire Hotels, Facilities & Amenities

Hotels & Accommodation:
Inns & Pubs:

Prince of Wales, West End, Esher.

Villages / Towns / Sightseeing:

Esher Cobham

Description of Garden

Claremont was once described as 'the noblest of any in Europe' and after the National Trust's successful renovation, it is possible to see why. From the starting point of the Belvedere, a vantage and viewing point built by Vanburgh in 1715 and containing a banqueting room below the viewing platform, the visitor can see over the bastions to the bowling green and the lime avenue. The next feature is the immense and probably unique grass amphitheatre extending over 3 acres designed to afford a view of the landscape spread out before it, which consists of the lake and woods. These replaced the original round pond and plantations. By the lake is a grotto built of sandstone and chalk probably by Joseph and Josiah Lane who built the famous one at Painshill. This is one of the few gardens on which almost all the best-known landscape gardeners worked and whose efforts did not generally obscure their predecessors'. A fascinating piece of landscape history in a beautiful setting.

History Of Garden

The history of this garden is as varied and important as almost any in the country. It was first laid out by Lord Clare, later the 1st Duke of Newcastle, in 1715 around a castellated palace designed by Vanburgh. Charles Bridgeman, the leading landscape gardener at the time and who had co-operated with Vanburgh on Stowe, built the grass amphitheatre in about 1726. William Kent re-modelled the landscape in front of the amphitheatre in the early 1730s in the fashionable natural form. Lord Clive (of India) bought the estate in 1768 after the Duke of Newcastle's death and pulled down Vanburgh's palace, replacing it with a Neo-Classical house designed by 'Capability' Brown who also covered the amphitheatre in trees and shrubs to disguise it and otherwise altered the landscape to make it less formal, in the prevailing fashion. The estate was bought in 1816 by the Royal Family to be the home of Princess Charlotte, only daughter of the Prince Regent and her husband, Prince Leopold of Saxe-Coburg. Only one or two buildings survive from the period of royal ownership which ended in 1922. The Trust has owned Claremont since 1949 and in 1975 following a grant from the Slater Foundation began the stupendous task of restoring the gardens to their 18th Century splendour.

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