Painshill

Surrey, KT11 1JE

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Painshill is England's most elegant 18th-century landscape. Magnificently restored, it features a mix of awesome views, surreal follies, a serpentine lake and historic plantings.

A peaceful view across the water of Painshill's ruined abbey

Inspired by Renaissance art and a Grand Tour visit to Italy, the Honourable Charles Hamilton created his ‘garden of moods’ between 1738 and 1773. Painshill is now a wonderland covering 158 acres, featuring a crystal grotto (open at selected times), a romantic ruined abbey, a magical Gothic temple, a Turkish tent and the exotic Gothic tower. The ornamental pleasure grounds, vineyard, plantings and Plant Heritage (NCCPG) National Collection of North American trees and shrubs, offer seasonal interest. 

Venue information

Opening times

1 Mar – 1 Oct

Daily, 10.30am – 6pm or dusk if earlier (last entry 4.30pm)

1 Nov – 1 Feb

Daily, 10.30am – 4pm or dusk if earlier (last entry 3pm)

Closed 25 – 26 Dec

"Art Fund" is the operating name of the National Art Collections Fund, a charity registered in England and Wales (209174) and Scotland (SC038331)