Overview

Painshill is a beautiful award-winning 18th century landscape garden in Surrey.

The 158 acre wonderland has something for everyone and makes a great family day out. Discover the mystical follies, historic plantings, the John Bartram Heritage Collection of North American trees and shrubs (Plant Heritage, NCCPG), and some of Surrey’s amazing wildlife.

Winding paths will gently guide you on a journey of discovery as you explore many of the mystical follies including the Crystal Grotto, Gothic Temple and Ruined Abbey to name just a few. Enjoy captivating and breathtaking views across the landscape, as you immerse yourself in Hamilton’s Renaissance art inspired vision.

Spend a whole day exploring Painshill or enjoy an accessible walk around the Serpentine Lake. Bring a picnic or relax in Hamilton’s Tea Room which often serves seasonal dishes grown from our own Walled Garden. Don’t forget to pick up a bottle of Painshill English Sparkling Wine (made from grapes grown in our Vineyard) as a memento of your visit.


Today
Today’s opening hours

Year round, open daily  (closed Christmas Day & Boxing Day).

April to December: 10am – 6pm or dusk if earlier (last entry 4.30pm).

Opening
Opening

2020

Year round, open daily  (closed Christmas Day & Boxing Day).

April to December: 10am – 6pm or dusk if earlier (last entry 4.30pm).

Find Us
Find us

Painshill is located just off M25/J10/A3 to London. Simply exit the A245 towards Cobham.

For those travelling by public transport, our closest stations are; Cobham & Stoke d’Abernon Station (2 miles), Walton-on-Thames and Weybridge Station (within 5 miles).

Taxis are available from both Cobham and Weybridge railway stations.

Nearest visitor Sat Nav reference: KT11 1AA

Parking

Car park on site

  • Free

Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members visit for free.

Adults: £8

Concessions: £7

Children: £4.50

Children under 5: Free

Companion of a Disable Visitor: Free

More admission details

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Access statement available
Group Visits
Group Visits

Painshill welcomes group visits; whether you are looking for a full day out, a short visit or a tour with one of our knowledgeable guides. We can tailor the day to meet your requirements.

Find out more.

Please check the website for further information, admission times and details for our special events

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Weddings

Set across 158 acres, Painshill is a beautiful venue suitable for weddings, private parties, corporate meetings and conferences as well as large and small scale events throughout the year. T

here is a choice of function rooms, all within a natural setting and within easy reach of the M25 and A3, offering a free on-site car park.


Corporate Hire

Corporate events

Set across 158 acres, Painshill is a beautiful venue suitable for weddings, private parties, corporate meetings and conferences as well as large and small scale events throughout the year.

There is a choice of function rooms, all within a natural setting and within easy reach of the M25 and A3, offering a free on-site car park.

Find out more


Today
Today’s opening hours

Year round, open daily  (closed Christmas Day & Boxing Day).

April to December: 10am – 6pm or dusk if earlier (last entry 4.30pm).

Opening
Opening

2020

Year round, open daily  (closed Christmas Day & Boxing Day).

April to December: 10am – 6pm or dusk if earlier (last entry 4.30pm).

Find Us
Find us

Painshill is located just off M25/J10/A3 to London. Simply exit the A245 towards Cobham.

For those travelling by public transport, our closest stations are; Cobham & Stoke d’Abernon Station (2 miles), Walton-on-Thames and Weybridge Station (within 5 miles).

Taxis are available from both Cobham and Weybridge railway stations.

Nearest visitor Sat Nav reference: KT11 1AA

Parking

Car park on site

  • Free

Admission
Admission

Historic Houses members visit for free.

Adults: £8

Concessions: £7

Children: £4.50

Children under 5: Free

Companion of a Disable Visitor: Free

More admission details

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Access statement available
Group Visits
Group Visits

Painshill welcomes group visits; whether you are looking for a full day out, a short visit or a tour with one of our knowledgeable guides. We can tailor the day to meet your requirements.

Find out more.

Other opening

Birthday Parties at Painshill

Our year-round birthday parties at Painshill in Cobham, Surrey are pure and simple fun. Set outdoors in a picturesque woodland, our parties aim to give children a chance to feel special on their special day. With the environment to run, to explore, to build, take a chance, to make a friend, to be silly, to be a child… unless your child wants to be a dragon, in which case we’ll do that!

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The perfect location for photo shoots, TV drama and feature films

Painshill operates an experienced and professional location hire service for filming and photography.

England’s most elegant 18th century landscape garden, Painshill boasts an incredible variety of different locations and backdrops. The 158 acre site has a beautiful serpentine lake surrounded by spectacular follies and bridges.

There are a number of architectural features across Painshill including the Gothic Temple with stunning views, the Temple of Bacchus, the Ruined Abbey, a Hermitage surrounded by woodland and an extraordinary Crystal Grotto. On the Serpentine Lake there is a boathouse as well as a the industrial Waterwheel and pumphouse. Painshill is also home to a 2 acre vineyard which has been used previously to represent the south of France.

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School Visits

Painshill offers a broad range of outdoor learning activities for school visits.

Activities are suitable for Early Years, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2 & Key Stage 3 curriculums. The experienced Education Team can also offer bespoke outdoor learning activities for Higher and Further Education.

With 158 acres of natural and historic landscape, magical follies and a crystal Grotto, Painshill offers you the chance to discover, explore and learn in an inspiring and safe environment. With a well-equipped Education Centre and woodland picnic area, Painshill provides outdoor learning for single classes and whole year groups all year round.


Painshill Park's history and features

Hamilton’s Vision

Painshill 18th century landscape garden was created between 1738 and 1773, by the Hon. Charles Hamilton.

Born in Dublin in 1704, Hamilton, the ninth son and 14th child of the Sixth Earl of Abercorn, embarked on two Grand Tours across Europe before acquiring the land at Painshill. With ancient artefacts in his luggage and Italian romance and natural beauty in his head – along with exotic plants seen on his tours – his vision was to create ‘living paintings’ in a new style of magical garden.

Inspired by Renaissance art and his Grand Tours, Hamilton went on to create a sequence of breathtaking and surprising vistas at Painshill. The landscapes form living works of art into which Hamilton placed follies for dramatic effect.

He began gardening when there was a change in ideas and philosophy, away from formal, architectural gardens (such as Versailles or the Hampton Court Privy Garden) moving towards a more informal, pictorial garden. Called the ‘natural style’ or the English Landscape Garden, it became a fashion which caught on and spread across Europe to France, Germany, Italy, Russia and even across the Atlantic to America.

Combining his passion for plants and artistic vision, Hamilton infused his memories, thoughts and ideas of Europe and his Grand Tours creating the Pleasure Grounds at Painshill. The area around the serpentine lake is like a harmonious scene painted by Claude Lorrain; while the wilder, western woods are more like a picture of Salvator Rosa.

The garden had a clear circuit route and the visitor was intended to become involved emotionally – to experience a variety of moods during the journey, as Hamilton himself would have done on his Grand Tour.

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