Explore Painshill

Painshill is an award-winning 18th century landscape garden where you are invited to walk around a work of art. Winding paths will take you on a journey to discover a living canvas with beautiful vistas and dramatically placed garden buildings. Stroll around the Serpentine Lake, wander through woodland and promenade past follies, including the Ruined Abbey, Gothic Temple and Turkish Tent.

It’s a photographer’s paradise where, with each turn you take, you will discover a picture perfect view. Offering everything from history to outdoor play, Painshill is a day out that delights every member of the family. Buy a day ticket to experience an important piece of English heritage or become a member and enjoy seeing the seasons change.   

A Grade I listed landscape garden, Painshill was created between 1738 and 1773 by the Honourable Charles Hamilton after he was inspired by landscape painting. From the sparkling Crystal Grotto to the enchanting Gothic Tower, each of the beautifully unique buildings celebrates a different styles of architecture. Other key features include the Waterwheel, a quaint Hermitage hidden in the woods and the Painshill Vineyard. Find out more about the history of the landscape and Hamilton’s vision by downloading the audio tour

For families there is a natural play area and wildlife spotting trails as well as wildflower meadows in which to run around in and get back to nature.

Dogs are very welcome, on short leads. 

You can enjoy a walk for 2 – 3 hours at Painshill or there are shorter accessible routes. Make it a full day out by bringing a picnic or visiting Mr Hamilton’s Tea Room for some delicious treats and refreshments. Don’t forget to pop by the Painshill Garden Shop to view an extensive range of gifts, souvenirs, decorations and even Painshill’s very own Sparkling Wine. 

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Painshill Through The Seasons


Family Fun