Just outside Esher town centre you will find Claremont Landscape Garden, a grade-I listed, eighteenth-century pleasure ground cared for by the National Trust. Once the playground of dukes and royals, it’s now yours to explore.
Secret glades, gently sparkling water, families of geese – there’s plenty to see and do at Claremont.
At any time of year, explore Europe’s best-preserved natural amphitheatre, spot the hiding place of the former Duke of Newcastle (hint, look closely at the island on the lake), try on period costumes in the Thatched Cottage, wander the ha-ha, and of course finish it all off by tucking into freshly baked cakes in the café.
A packed programme of events runs throughout the year, including family trails and children’s crafts every school holiday, summer outdoor theatre and music, wreath-making workshops at Christmas, and much more.
As well as being perfect for picnickers and young explorers, Claremont is a gem for historians and keen gardeners.
Walk in the footsteps of notable former residents like Queen Victoria, the Duke of Newcastle and the last king of France; and admire the unique additions to the garden by great names in gardening history including Sir John Vanbrugh and ‘Capability’ Brown. Join a free guided tour of the garden to delve further into the fascinating and tragic stories of Claremont’s past, or to learn about its surprisingly varied arboreal collection.
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