Exploring The Crystal Grotto And Gardens At Painshill Park

Painshill Park

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.

Crystal Grotto

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.

The gothic tower painshill park


If you like photography then this is a lovely place to go for an afternoon stroll.



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10 Replies to “Exploring The Crystal Grotto And Gardens At Painshill Park”

  1. We need to go and visit here. My parents live in Surrey and Cobham is only a short drive away. I’ve heard of Painshill Park but have never visited, I lve the idea of the crystal grotto. Mich x
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    1. I bet it is lovely to walk around in the summer – great if you like photography too x

  2. The grotto looks fascinating, can’t tell if it’s geological or man made from the pic? Sounds like a great day out and good to see a family ticket including 4 children. #CountryKids

    1. It is actually a man made one. And yes 4 kids in a family ticket is great!

  3. What a beautiful place to explore, the Crystal Grotto looks amazing I’m sure my lot would love to explore it! The views are beautiful, although I can agree it takes a lot more than pretty views to stop my lot in their tracks for very long. That tower looks awesome too, it’s a shame you can only really see a road from it.

    Thanks for sharing your adventures with me on #CountryKids.

  4. I wish we lived closer as I’ve wanted to walk over that bridge for so long. The grotto looks fab even of the view from the tower isn’t fab #CountryKids

  5. We love Painshill – you should go to see Father Christmas there if your children are still believers – it’s amazing in the Grotto!

    I like the tower – since they put in the cafe it has made it so much nicer to visit, there was nothing there for a long time. We spent ages with H trying to work out where she stayed next door at Brownie Camp as our Girlguiding campsite Heyswood is next door – you occasionally see Brownies and Guides having fun there 🙂

    Gorgeous pictures too!


    1. Ah there were some guides there when we went!

  6. It looks beautiful, love the look of the grotto. I imagine that in the summer, strolling around those gardens would be wonderful x #countrykids

    1. Yes Sara, I was thinking the same!

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