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Brief description of site

Painshill has 18th-century landscaped pleasure grounds and a park. A lake is surrounded by a number of ornamental buildings, including a Gothic Temple, grotto, Mausoleum and Turkish Tent. Around 62 hectares survive from the original 86-hectare estate.

Brief history of site

Painshill was laid out between 1738 and 1773 by the Honourable Charles Hamilton. A new mansion was completed in 1778. The estate was divided after World War 2. The area around the lake was bought up in portions by Elmbridge Borough Council during the 1970s, and a major restoration project has been underway since 1980, managed by the Painshill Park Trust.

Location information:

Address: Portsmouth Road, Cobham, KT11 1JE

Locality: Surrey

Local Authorities:

Surrey; Elmbridge; Cobham and Downside

Historical County: Surrey

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 187 Grid Ref: TQ095599
Latitude: 51.3277 Longitude: -0.429789


The park can be reached from junction 10 of the M25. Follow the A245. There are also good public transport links by bus and train.

Visitor facilities

Opening contact details:

The site is open daily throughout the year from 10.30 am. Please see:

Key information:

Form of site: landscape park

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: house

Site first created: 1738 to 1773

Main period of development: Mid 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 86

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