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The Gothic Tower

  • The Gothic Tower in summer
  • View of tower in summer
  • Gothic Tower in Autumn
  • Gothic Tower in winter
  • The Gothic Tower against blue sky
  • The Gothic Tower close up


Built at the Park’s highest point, the 27-metre tall square tower contains a narrow 99-step circular staircase and dominates the landscape at its western end. Climb to the top and you are rewarded with a view that includes four different counties. On a clear day, Canary Wharf and Windsor Castle can be seen.

Peeking out from the forest, the Gothic Tower exudes an air of romance and beckons you on. It appears like a fairy-tale castle and is a fun stop for families with children of all ages.

The Gothic Tower pop-up café rewards your climb with hot and cold drinks, snacks and ice-cream (in the summer season).

The Gothic Tower is not open all year around.

Please check the Gothic Tower opening times before planning your visit.

History and Restoration

In 1973 the Tower was gutted by fire. It remained derelict until Painshill Park Trust began restoration. It was officially opened by the Duchess of York on 18th October 1989.

Gothic Tower before
Gothic Tower after

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