Crystal Grotto

The Crystal Grotto

Closed in the week due to damage after flooding. (Open Saturdays & Sundays with a volunteer steward)

Although our Grotto suffered from damage due to the floods at the end of last year we are attempting to open our main chamber at busy periods like weekends and school holidays. Please kindly note that while every effort has been made to open the Grotto we rely heavily on our fabulous volunteer Grotto stewards to be present to aid these openings.

Please check this page or call in advance of your visit to confirm the Grotto is open.

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.