The Temple and the Tower will be open for Easter

Temple of Bacchus

We are delighted that for the Easter holidays the Gothic Tower and the Temple of Bacchus will be open for members and visitors to enjoy. Discover both follies on a visit between Saturday 1 April and Sunday 16 April. 

This Easter will be the very first time Painshill Park Trust open the interior of the Temple of Bacchus.

This beautiful building was rebuilt between 2017 and 2019. The inside is still to be restored, however a canvas covering and foam board statues will give visitors an impression of what it should look like. 

Charles Hamilton would have used the original building, in the 18th century, to house his statue of Bacchus, God of Wine. It had an ornate ceiling, designed by Robert Adam, and busts of Roman Emperors. Painshill Park Trust hopes to restore it fully one day.

Built at the Park’s highest point, the 27-metre tall square Gothic Tower dominates the landscape at its western end. The Gothic Tower appears before you, like a fairy-tale castle, from the woodland of Alpine Valley. Climb to the top to enjoy the views.

The Gothic Tower in winter

After taking on the 99 steps you definitely deserve to treat yourself to tea and cake in the pop-up café! Painshill volunteers open up the café in the holidays so you can offer hot drinks, snacks and cake.