A few weekends back, we took the boys for an afternoon walk around Painshill Park in Cobham, Surrey. We had a family ticket which I am pleased to say covers 2 adults and up to 4 children. It is less than an hours drive from where we live and I had seen friends share pictures of the beautiful grounds.
It is a beautiful place for an afternoon stroll and I imagine it is even nicer in the Summer. The crystal grotto isn’t always open and does have restricted hours as volunteers keep it running so this is worth keeping in mind for your visit, and check the times before your visit.
The gardens were created by Charles Hamiltion in the 18th Century and were inspired by the Renaissance. On arrival you are given a map with suggested walking routes around the park. I am pleased to say there is an accessible route for wheelchair users and parents with pushchairs.
Unfortunately, stunning views only entertain children for so long, so we decided to climb the Gothic Tower at Painshill Park to keep them amused. Middle man wasn’t keen on the spiral staircases but it was not a repeat of Warwick Castle. I was a little disappointed in that out of breath at the top of the tower, there really isn’t much to see except an A road. That said it would make a great half way stop on your walk around as there is a small cafe here as well.
If you like photography then this is a lovely place to go for an afternoon stroll.