Park life: a guide to Painshill.

Looking for a local lunchtime walk with lots of space? Check out Painshill Park and its 158 acres of award-winning landscaped gardens. Inspired by the Renaissance paintings witnessed on his Grand Tour, Charles Hamilton owned and designed Painshill between 1738 and 1773.

Located near Cobham, this Grade I listed park is set in a wooded valley and is made up of views, garden buildings and wildflower meadows. Wander around the Serpentine Lake and admire the views of the Ruined Abbey and Five Arch Bridge. Take the kids to play in the natural play area and for a run along the wildlife trials. Keep a lookout for the waterwheel hidden in the woods.

Not visited before? Perhaps you may have already caught a glimpse of the park’s Serpentine Lake, winding paths and iconic bridge all featured in Netflix’s new period drama Bridgerton released this Christmas.

Walking routes:

For a long walk, take a stroll around the whole landscape and treat yourself to a takeaway tea and cake in the Gothic Tower cafe.

Take the 2.5-mile historic route and go back in time as a guest at the ground, ending at the Turkish Tent. Pause inside the Gothic Temple for outstanding views of Surrey.

For a light amble, take the accessible route along the River Mole for great views of the water, vineyard and the Ruined Abbey.

Gothic Tower and Crystal Grotto:

If you love an awesome view, the Gothic Tower, built at the park’s highest point, is a must! Take the 99 step circular staircase to the top.

Thousand’s of crystals span the naturalistic cave of the restored Crystal Grotto. Book tickets to witness over 10,000 sparkling crystals (please note: the grotto is closed on Mondays for maintenance).

Information to help your visit:

Painshill has so much to offer. Whether you are looking for a short lunchtime walk or hours of outdoor fun. Visit in the summer for the perfect picnic spot or for afternoon tea in Hamilton’s tearoom.

In line with current Government advice, the parks currently remain open for you to take essential exercise if you live locally. (You shouldn’t travel outside of your village, town or area of the city you live in).

Those who do live locally will need to pre-book tickets to visit or can visit if already an annual member. To book tickets click here.

Opening hours: 10 am until 4 pm (last entry is strictly 3 pm). The Gothic Tower and the Crystal Grotto will remain CLOSED throughout the national lockdown. The Tea Room is currently operating a limited service outside.

Toilets: Those located in the Visitor Centre are CLOSED. Single occupant port-a-loos are available outside the Tea Room. They have running water and handwashing facilities. The accessible toilet and baby change in the Visitor Centre will still be operational.

Dogs: You are welcome to bring your furry friends as long as they remain on a lead at all times.

Maps: Painshill provides visitor routes and maps on their website to help you plan your visit. To view, click here.

Have you visited Painshill before? Let us know your favourite part to visit!