Take a virtual tour of Painshill

While we are closed, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, we will be endeavoring to bring you beautiful pictures and interesting content digitally. If you can’t come to Painshill, maybe Painshill can come to you!

In a series of video tours, Painshill volunteer guides will be taking you through the landscape and giving you some fascinating insights into the history of the gardens.

Video tour 1 – Fir Walk, the Amphitheatre and the Gothic Temple

In the first of our video tours we start at the beginning of Charles Hamilton’s work of art. Follow us on a stroll up the first hill to discover the views across the Serpentine Lake. Learn some of the ideas behind the English Landscape Movement, about the Painshill vineyard and discover the Gothic Temple. Painshill guide Graham Dash provides the commentary.

Video tour 2- The Ruined Abbey

Find out about the history of the Ruined Abbey, who Charles Hamilton built it and how the lake was formed with commentary from Garden Historian Cherrill Sands

Video tour 3 – The Crystal Grotto

“The finest of its type ever built”: that is how German landscape designer Friedrich Ludwig von Sckell (1750 – 1823) described the Grotto at Painshill. Take a look inside and learn more about it’s history and restoration. Painshill guide Graham Dash provides the commentary.

Video tour 4 – The Hermitage

Have you ever been to the Hermitage at Painshill? In this video tour Garden Historian Cherrill Sands takes you through the woods to discover it.

Video tour 5 – The Turkish Tent

Why a Turkish Tent? A question Painshill Guide Barry Hylton-Davies gets asked a lot. In this video tour he takes you through the history and design of Hamilton’s piece of the orient.

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