Parks & Gardens in Surrey
Visit Surrey's illustrious parks and gardens to discover the work of some of England's most esteemed landscape gardeners who, over the ages, have been responsible for some of Britain's most elegant and dramatic landscapes.
'Capability' Brown, "England's greatest gardener", transformed country estates and mansions across Britain. You can see his influence in the 260 acres of Gatton Park near Reigate, in the grounds of Claremont Landscape Gardens in Esher, Hampton Court Palace Gardens at East Molesey and at Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.
Surrey was also home to the Edwardian horticulturalist, Gertrude Jekyll, who is still admired today as one of England’s great garden designers.
Her designs can be seen at the immaculate Vann near Hambledon and her former home of Munstead Wood near Godalming, both of which open by appointment at various times throughout the year. The garden at Goddards in Abinger, which can be booked for holidays through the Landmark Trust, is another example.
Home to the Royal Horticultural Society, RHS Wisley in Surrey offers a diverse 240 acres of garden to explore, complete with glasshouse, lake, children's wooded play area and beautiful manicured flower beds.
With Royal Bushy Park, famed for its free roaming deer; The Crown Estate at Virginia Water, renowned for its lakes, historic treasures and totem pole; and Painshill Park in Cobham with its awesome views and surreal follies, you're sure to find Surrey's parks and gardens a pleasure to discover through the seasons.
Visit the unique and tranquil Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden at Ockley to the east of the county or discover the stunning Sculpture Park nestled in 10 acres of glorious countryside to the south west of Surrey in Farnham.