Homes & Gardens
In the countryside surrounding the town of Guildford you will find plenty of stately homes and immaculate gardens to explore
Loseley Park, just south of Guildford is an Elizabethan manor house with regular guided tours. Set in parkland with stunning gardens including the Rose Garden, the White Garden and wall covered in wisteria during May and June, it has been in the More-Molyneux family for over 500 years. Loseley Park is also a popularvenue for weddings.
Hatchlands Park (National Trust) is crammed with the Cobbe Collection of historic musical instruments; surrounded by gardens with marked walks to explore the woodland. Visitors during April/May are treated to the most spectacular bluebell displays. Young visitors can explore Wizard Wix's Willow Warren - Check our Events pages for events taking place at Hatchlands Park in the summer.
Winkworth Arboretum in Godalming displays stunning colours of rhododendrons and in Autumn, the colours will rival New England. The site is teaming with wildlife supported by many events helping young and old learn more about nature.
Painshill Landscape Garden near Cobham, also home to wildlife, features follies - the most spectacular of which is the Crystal Grotto which needs to go on everyone's Must-See list - visits to see Santa in the Crystal Grotto at Christmas need to be booked very early to avoid disappointment.
Head to Dorking and explore the National Trust's Polesden Lacey - where King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (The Queen Mother) spent their honeymoon. The excellent cafe and restaurant serve local produce and you should definitely take your camera when walking the superb grounds.
Just north of Guildford you will find RHS Wisley - the Royal Horticultural Society's flagship garden - with hundreds of species of plants and teaming with wildlife, RHS Wisley have an extensive programme of event for all ages throughout the year.