Parks & Gardens

In the midst of the Surrey Hills there is a total of 2600 acres of parks, gardens, countryside and open spaces to discover.

Wisley Gardens

There are 78 Parks. 52 countryside areas and 32 children's playgrounds to explore and enjoy.  Seven of these have been awarded the prestigious Green Flag Award.

Head out of town for a day away from everything, walk the dog, have a picnic with the family, take a leisurely stroll, or exercise with a challenging hike.

For family fun and fitness head for Stoke Park with its children's play area, paddling pool and crazy golf; or Sutherland Memorial Park which is ideal for walking and playing.

You can also enjoy Guildford's heritage and outstanding gardens in the Castle grounds with summer outdoor concerts and theatre - the flower displays are stunning (certainly worth taking a photo!).  It is a peaceful oasis in the centre of town and ideal for lunchtime picnics.

If you are seeking tranquillity in the Town Centre, head for Quaker's Acre, Allen House grounds or Westnye Gardens - ideal places to escape the bustle of the town centre.

You will enjoy exceptional views from Pewley Downs, Chantry Wood and The Mount - so take a camera along with you!

Walk along the River Wey from Burpham to Shalford and enjoy water meadow sites including the Riverside park Nature Reserve, Stoke Water Meadows, Millmead Island, Shalford Water Meadows and Shalford Park.  Take in some history at Chilworth Gunpowder Mills.

Gardens at Loseley Park

Explore rare and beautiful heathland sites such as Bullswater Common near Pirbright and the nature reserves at Lakeside and Snakey Lane in Ash.

Just 10 miles south of Guildford you will find Winkworth Arboretum.  Home to many tree species, the autumn colours are spectacular.  Winkworth has little gems all year round with blazes of colour around the tranquil lake teaming with wildlife.

Hatchlands Park is a riot of stunning colours in the Autumn - make a note in your diary to go on the Autumn Colour Walk on 19 October

Just north of Guildford you will find RHS Wisley - the Royal Horticultural Society's flagship garden with over 240 acres to explore, including the glasshouse, the lake, a wooded play area for children and many rare species of trees and plants.

Painshill Park landscape gardens are a joy to visit at any time of year with the lake a haven for wildlife, and the various follies around the park adding to the spectacular views.

Visit Claremont Landscape Garden, built in 1700 and beautifully maintained to this day by the National Trust. 

Beautiful gardens can be found in the grounds of many of the stately homes, and you should not miss Loseley Park, Polesden Lacey or Hatchlands Park..  Why not take your dog walking at Hatchlands?

For more ideas take a look at our Countryside pages or  Walks and Tours pages.