11 places in Surrey you can visit during Lockdown

PUBLISHED: 12:37 05 November 2020 | UPDATED: 12:51 05 November 2020

Painshill Park. Image: Andy Newbold

Painshill Park. Image: Andy Newbold

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From Hampton Court to Polesden Lacey, RHS Wisley and The Sculpture Park, you can still enjoy walks with your household, support bubble or one other person at many of the county’s spectacular gardens.

The gardens at Hampton Court. Image: Andy NewboldThe gardens at Hampton Court. Image: Andy Newbold

Hampton Court

While Henry VIII’s historic royal palace will have to close its doors throughout November, the gardens at Hampton Court Palace will open during weekends for the local community to enjoy.

Visits are by pre-booked ticketed entry only for household groups.

Painshill Park

The stunning 18th century landscape gardens at Painshill Park, Cobham are open daily from 10am – 4pm.

Stroll around the Serpentine lake and beautiful Grade 1 listed grounds created by the Hon. Charles Hamilton, spotting the striking follies en route. Tickets MUST be booked in advance.

Hatchlands Park. Image: National Trust/James DuffyHatchlands Park. Image: National Trust/James Duffy

National Trust

The National Trust’s houses will shut for the duration of the four-week lockdown. However, the outdoor spaces the trust looks after remain open to the public so you can still enjoy autumn colour at Claremont Gardens, Hatchlands Park, Polesden Lacey and Winkworth Arboretum, among others.

Children are able to enjoy the play areas in line with government guidelines and cafes will also be offering a takeaway service. Booking is recommended - tickets are released each Friday for the following week.

The Sculpture Park

Offering a tranquil spot for local residents near Churt, Farnham, to walk safely outdoors, The Sculpture Park will remain open throughout Lockdown 2.0. Areas of the two-mile, one-way trail of woodland, water gardens and art work has recently undergone a transformation.

Tickets must be pre-booked online and are allocated in one-hour arrival time slots.

Allium by Jenny Pickford at The Sculpture Park. Image: Irwin ImagesAllium by Jenny Pickford at The Sculpture Park. Image: Irwin Images

Kew Gardens

With over 50,000 living plants to be found across Kew Gardens UNESCO World Heritage site, a walk here is quite the educational experience.

Explore the 14,000 trees in the arboretum and curve your way across the great lake via the Sackler Crossing and see the various wildlife that lives there. Book a timeslot between 10am–4.15pm (last entry 3.15pm).

RHS Wisley

Look out for autumn-flowering gems across this Royal Horticultural Society’s flagship garden. Spot the stream of dainty cyclamen flowing between the Scots pines in the Pinetum, the cyclamen adorning the top ridge of the Alpine Meadow and the meadow’s grassy slope carpeted with autumn-flowering crocus.

The multi-million Welcome Centre doubles up as a garden centre so also remains open with various restrictions in place, such as a maximum of two people per household allowed entry together at one time.

The Royal Parks – Richmond & Bushy

Escape to the great outdoors in Richmond or Bushy Park with their wide open spaces, grasslands and deer herds, just a stone’s throw from central London.

Admire Richmond Park’s ancient trees at the Isabella Plantation woodland gardens and the mix of waterways, gardens and roaming herds of red and fallow deer at Bushy Park – just remember to keep your distance, 50 metres is recommended.

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