Painshill, Surrey

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.

Show open 10am – 4pm

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Portsmouth Road, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 1JE

Tel: 01932 868 113


Painshill is easily accessible to all, located within easy distance of the M25, A3, local railway stations and bus stops. With ample free parking available including coach parking, getting to Painshill couldn’t be easier.