Portsmouth Road, Cobham, Surrey KT11 1BE
Painshill 18th century landscape garden was created between 1738 and 1773, by the Hon. Charles Hamilton.
Born in Dublin in 1704, Hamilton, the ninth son and 14th child of the Sixth Earl of Abercorn, embarked on two Grand Tours across Europe before acquiring the land at Painshill. With ancient artefacts in his luggage and Italian romance and natural beauty in his head – along with exotic plants seen on his tours – his vision was to create ‘living paintings’ in a new style of magical garden.
Inspired by Renaissance art and his Grand Tours, Hamilton went on to create a sequence of breathtaking and surprising vistas at Painshill. The landscapes form living works of art into which Hamilton placed follies for dramatic effect.
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Updated from 5th January: Government guidance allows Painshill to remain OPEN for local visitors and members to enjoy fresh air and exercise whilst in national lockdown. With 158 acres, Painshill can be visited safely with the measures set in place.
Follies, Music, Fizz Tour £20pp
From 23rd June and throughout July, every Wed/Thurs, is our Painshill Late's. Combine a late afternoon guided tour of our spectacular landscape followed by a relaxing evening listening to live music in our outdoor Amphitheater whilst enjoying a glass of fizz. Tour starts 4pm, music finishes 9.30pm, Food/drinks available to purchase on the night.
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Mar 31, 2021
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