Portsmouth Road, ESHER, KT10 9JG
Once a Duke's retreat and a playground for princesses, Claremont was laid out by Sir John Vanbrugh and Charles Bridgeman before 1720, and extended and naturalised by William Kent. This is one of the earliest surviving examples of an English landscaped garden. Today there are still many unique and unexpected features to discover, including the large turf amphitheatre, serpentine lake, grotto, Camellia Terrace and Belvedere Tower. Look out for the Thatched Cottage, a Victorian refuge filled with toys, games, picnic rugs and dressing up clothes. Seasonal and special events are always on offer. There is a children's play area and a café offering a tempting array of home-made cakes and light lunches.
Tel: 01372 467806
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With voluntary Gift Aid donation: £8.80 (ch £4.40). Family £22. Visitors can choose to pay the standard admission price displayed
Open all year, Apr-Oct, daily 10-6 including BH Mon
Nov-Jan, daily 10-4
Feb-Mar, daily 10-5. Closed 24-25 Dec
Average visit 2hrs
Dogs only allowed Oct-Apr
Assist dogs allowed all areas.
Some steep paths
Wheelchairs available, Braille guide
1m S of Esher on A307