Discover the best top things to do in Surrey, United Kingdom including Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden, The Garibaldi Pub, Hampton Court Palace, Polesden Lacey, RHS Garden Wisley, Savill Garden, Ramster Gardens, Painshill, Winkworth Arboretum, Loseley Park.
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5.0 based on 150 reviews
CLOSED FOR THE WINTER - REOPEN APRIL 2021. Broadleaved and architectural plants, mature trees and ponds support, frame and enhance an ever changing collection of contemporary sculpture in the stunning garden that Hannah Peschar and Anthony Paul created over 35 years ago. The Sculpture Garden displays over 200 pieces by 50 plus artists from Britain & the rest of Europe every year; each carefully sited within the landscaped gardens. The placement of the sculpture is the key aspect that makes the garden so magical. A strong connection between art and nature is crucial; be it the way a plant frames the piece, how the piece accentuates the surrounding planting (such as the texture of the trees or the colour of the moss), or how a shaft of sunlight plays across the surface of the sculpture. Part of the joy is discovering pieces hidden in secluded parts of the garden; creating surprise and intrigue at every turn. The exhibition runs for 7 months over the spring, summer and autumn seasons.
This is an amazing place. A tranquil garden with wonderful sculptures. If you enjoy looking at different, unusual sculptures made with a variety of different materials and textures, this is the place to go. The gardens have paths that lead you to the sculptures. Do visit if you can.
5.0 based on 20 reviews
The Garibaldi is a local community pub run by Friends of The Garibaldi, a group formed to save the existing pub and re-open it as a community pub. The pub itself has stood on Mill Street for over 150 years and has always been a place for people from all walks of life to come together and socialise over a drink. Our aim is to keep the friendly, local feel of the pub whilst introducing facilities which the whole community can benefit from. These include, a community garden, musical bingo, quiz nights, children’s theatre classes, language clubs, coffee mornings and more. We are available for group bookings and events please email us for more information.
Fantastic community pub with friendly staff and well served beer. After coming back from the brink of closure it's great to have a beer here. Nice back garden for the summer too.
4.5 based on 7,385 reviews
Visit the famous hedge maze, Tudor knot garden and the state apartments at this splendid red-brick Tudor Palace, which is set in formal gardens and open parkland along the Thames River.
I've always wanted to visit Hampton Court Palace And It exceeded my expectations It's truly amazing It's Tudor and Baroque architecture are both equally wonderful, the gardens are beautiful you can easily spend a whole day wondering around and still not see it all. When we arrived which was at 9.15 they had just lit the fire in the kitchens (you could smell the smoke wafting over the East front gardens) you can go in and look around the front gardens at 9 am the roses smelt lovely at that time of the morning and we even saw some wild Parakeets flying around. When we we went we where lucky enough to go when you could meet Henry viii and interview a couple of his wives listening to the actors playing them was very interesting and really enjoyable, and it was a pleasure talking to the guides in the rooms of the palace their knowledge about the history of the place was enjoyable to listen to, it was the same talking to the people in the kitchens finding out what life was like working in a Tudor kitchen, Hampton court palace is well worth a visit and I would go back again.
4.5 based on 1,425 reviews
Polesden Lacey is a National Trust gem with spectacular (& evolving) formal and natural gardens as well as a well presented insight into a early twentieth century country house. Entrance is £15 pp or free to NT members. Guided tours are available of the house in the morning before allowing free flow entry after 1230 whilst the gardens are open at all times with tours available at 1130, 1245, & 1415 Originally built by the Scottish brewer, William McEwan it became the country home of Maggie Greville, one of the premier socialites of the early twentieth century who counted royalty and prime ministers amongst her friends and guests. The gardens alone are worth the visit and are spectacularly laid out. We thoroughly enjoyed the garden tour and would recommend it. The house is also beautifully presented and easy to navigate. The volunteers in each room were as always helpful and interesting. The porcelain & art on display on the ground floor is well worth enjoying. It is easy to see how Polesden Lacey was one of the most popular “house parties” for those lucky enough to be invited. We ended our tour with lunch at the Cowshed Cafe in the courtyard which offers a range of options. Unfortunately however McEwans beer is not available on the menu!
4.5 based on 2,363 reviews
RHS Garden Wisley is the flagship garden of the RHS and home to some of the largest plant collections anywhere in the world. Planting schemes are continuously evolving, with something to inspire visitors on every visit. Key highlights throughout the seasons include the Rock Garden, Bowes-Lyon Rose Garden, Mixed Borders, Seven Acres, and the tropical-inspired Exotic Garden. Seasonal must-sees include a carpet of crocus in spring, blooming rose collection in summer, magnificent autumn colour and a crisp Winter Walk. In June 2019 RHS Garden Wisley opened the new Welcome building which features an airy arrivals hall, large shop and plant centre, spacious café, and relaxing restaurant.
We visited during the day as we had not been fast enough for the tickets for Glow, which sold out quickly. Initially, I felt a little disappointed as the main lawn was roped off due to one of the Glow installation and you couldn't appreciate Philip Haas's 'Spring' from the front. There were a few such restrictions elsewhere, but we enjoyed finding and visiting new places that we hadn't been to before, such as the display of squash in the Trials Field and the woods around Battleston Hill. It was good to see Philip Haas's 'Autumn' alongside the glasshouse - appropriate for the time of year, though 'Winter' has been fenced off due to building work in the Laboratory. Although the gardens were past their main flowering season, there were many grasses and other plants to admire, and some plants still in bloom or just, surprisingly like the camellias, coming into bloom, so there was quite an amount of autumn colour around. We always enjoy exploring the sculpture on display and found a new one for us - 'Diva' by Mark Swan in the Cottage Garden, in addition to our old favourites. Having been several times this year, it is surprising to find that there are still areas to be explored - one of the joys of coming several times a year is finding these new environments, plus seeing the gardens change with the season. It was a cold day, so we started our visit with a warming hot chocolate and finished with a snack lunch of a sausage roll and drink. There were several options open for food and drink takeaway and there were benches and other seats spread around near the different outlets. Always enjoyable to visit.
4.5 based on 928 reviews
The Savill Garden is a tranquil place to discover rare plants from around the world, arranged in stunning seasonal displays. Since its creation in the 1930s, The Savill Garden has been an inspiration for all. This natural haven of beautifully designed gardens and woodland can be enjoyed by everyone, from dedicated horticulturists to those who just want to spend a relaxing day out with family or friends. The 35 acres of interconnected gardens include the Hidden Gardens, Spring Wood, the Summer Gardens, the New Zealand Garden, Summer Wood, The Glades, Autumn Wood and the Winter Beds.
Our first ever visit to The Savill Garden did not disappoint Luckily we had a free parking voucher but entry to the garden is £11 pp for non members. Despite it being a Bank Holiday the garden was very quite and peaceful. A sturdy flat path leads you around to the various specialized areas of the garden including Summer Wood Spring Wood The Summer Garden and the Azalea walk. To explore these areas you need to leave the main path onto neatly mown grass. The flower bed displays are exceptional and I loved the use of pea sticks to support the tall colourful dahlias. With plenty of benches to rest and take in the vistas makes this a great place to spend some wind down time.
4.5 based on 139 reviews
The garden is now open from 12th March - 13th June 2021 daily 10am - 5pm, from 16th June - 31st October we will be open Wednesday - Sunday 10am-4pm. See website for more information. Ramster Garden is a stunning woodland garden of over 20 acres, famous for its outstanding collection of rhododendrons and azaleas.
Firstly we'd like to thank the owners & staff for their efforts in opening the gardens to the public at this difficult time. Normally we would visit in May when the Rhododendrons are at their best but even in mid-June there are still some in flower. This garden is very peaceful, mainly trees & shrubs & some very tall Gunnera's!. There is also a couple of water features & a woodland walk which adds to the beauty & interest of the garden. The woodland walk does though involve different levels so may not be best for those with walking difficulties but this is only a small part of the gardens, there's plenty of level walking. There is also a facility for take-away sandwiches, cakes & tea & coffee with picnic tables near the car park. All in all an excellent day out & well worth a visit. Don't miss it.
4.5 based on 678 reviews
Painshill is a beautiful award-winning 18th century landscape garden in Surrey. The 158 acre wonderland has something for everyone and makes a great family day out. Discover the mystical follies, historic plantings, the John Bartram Heritage Collection of North American trees and shrubs (Plant Heritage, NCCPG), and some of Surrey's amazing wildlife. You can spend a whole day at Painshill or there are shorter accessible routes around the Serpentine Lake. Dogs on short leads are welcome. Bring a picnic or visit Hamilton's Tea Room. Visit the Painshill Shop for gifts, greeting cards and to buy Painshill English Sparkling Wine.
Visited here with Family Stunning Views The crystal grotto is amazing Various different walks to suit everyone Very tasty homemade food Good choice of gifts in shop Would definitely come back for a return visit
4.5 based on 560 reviews
A tranquil hillside arboretum created by Dr Wilfred Fox in the early twentieth century, now cared for by the National Trust. Open 363 days a year with stunning botanical displays all year round.
Such a beautiful place! Lovely for a short or longer visit with a variety of walks and areas to explore. Most of the walks have some steep areas, so it may not be suitable for everyone, but the cafe is easily accessible. Lots of plants, flowers and wildlife to be seen. We went on a partially rainy day, so some of the paths could be a little slippy and one of the pathways was unfortunately closed, but we still got to see quite a lot of the Arbortetum. The cafe is relatively small, so if there is bad weather, there may not be room to sit inside, but lots of seating outside. Would gladly visit again, worth the visit if you have a NT members card.
4.5 based on 258 reviews
LOSELEY PARK ( GARDENS ONLY) IS OPEN FROM MONDAY'S TO THURSDAYS- 10-5PM UNTIL THE END OF SEPTEMBER 2020 . Built in the reign of Elizabeth I, Loseley Park stands in ancient Surrey Parkland close to the North Downs yet within reach of London. Still the home of the More-Molyneux family, it is remarkably unchanged since 1562 when Sir William More laid the first stones, and remains, as he intended, a place of calm, grace and subtle beauty. From the house itself, where the intricate panelling in the Great Hall was once in Henry VIII’s Nonsuch Palace; to the Tithe Barn with its ancient oak beams; to the elegant and restful walled garden, Loseley Park is sought after for civil weddings, corporate events, and as a location for films such as Sense and Sensibility. But it’s also a place to visit, to enjoy the grounds, the garden and house, and relax in one of England’s friendliest historic homes. ‘Invidiae claudor, pateo sed semper amico’ Shut to envy, but always open to a friend.
I often attend their garden events and they are wonderful. I went this year in April with a group of friends. They had a wide range of sellers from food and drink, plants, clothes, sculptures and garden ornaments, garden tools and lots more. We had a lovely lunch and tea and cake later in the day, Definitely would recommend any and all of their events. I missed their Summer event but friends that went said it was great as usual and they made lots of purchases
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