Things to do & see

Things to do & see at Painshill

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

A Grade 1 listed garden, Painshill was created between 1738 and 1773 by the Honourable Charles Hamilton after he was inspired by Renaissance landscape painting. From the sparkling Crystal Grotto* to the amazing Gothic Tower*, each of the beautifully unique buildings is dramatically placed to create a living work of art. Other key features include the Waterwheel, a quaint Hermitage hidden in the woods and the Painshill Vineyard.

For families there is a natural play area and wildlife spotting trials as well as wildflower meadows to run around in and get back to nature. Dogs are very welcome at Painshill, so all the family can enjoy!

You can spend a whole day at Painshill or there are shorter accessible routes. Bring a picnic or visit Hamilton’s Tea Room for some delicious treats and refreshments, and don’t forget to visit the Painshill Shop to view an extensive range of gifts, souvenirs, decorations and even Painshill’s very own Sparkling Wine.