Crystal Grotto

The Crystal Grotto

Closed due to damage after flooding.

We thank everyone for their patience while we work to get this open more regularly and if you would like to make a donation towards the restoration please click on this link here.


The finest of its type ever built“: that is how German landscape designer Friedrich Ludwig von Sckell (1750 – 1823) described the Grotto at Painshill.

On a sunny day, shafts of light pierce the interior through carefully placed apertures.

The Crystal Grotto at Painshill is a magical, naturalistic cave with shimmering, bubbling water, rough rock and stalactites covered in sparkling crystals. The Grottoes Hamilton saw in European gardens had water, rough rocks but were more architectural as structures. He may have seen some of the natural caves along the Roman coastline of Italy.