Things to see and do at Leith Hill

The Giant Redwood Tree at Leith Hill, Surrey
Be bowled over by the magnificent Giant Redwood trees at Leith Hill, Surrey National Trust Images / Andrew Butler

Climb the tower, walk the dog, take a stroll through the wood – there are adventures to be had in all sorts of places at Leith Hill. Find out what you could see and do on a day out to us.

Explore Leith Hill on foot

Escape to Leith Hill and explore the many footpaths, woodland walks and breathtaking views the area has to offer. Perfect for a short stroll, or a longer hike, walks guides are available in our car parks or download one here.

Climb to the top of the tower

Climb the spiral stairs to the top of the tower (not for the faint-hearted) and spot the famous landmarks. It’s amazing how far you can see on a clear day. Built in 1765 by Richard Hull, a man who wanted to see and be seen, the tower is the highest point in south east England. Richard loved the tower so much he was buried under it.

The view from the tower

Standing at the top of Leith Hill Tower, you'll be at the highest point in south east England. There's a free telescope at the top to enjoy the view where you'll be higher than the Shard, London Eye and 30 St Mary Axe, widely known as the Gherkin. On a clear day you can see the English Channel.

Leith Hill Tower exhibition room

Climb half way up the tower to visit our newly-refurbished exhibition room, with fascinating tales of the tower and the man who built it, there's even a dressing-up opportunity for the children.

Take the dog for a walk

Happy hounds love to bound through the woods and enjoy nothing better than exploring. Treat your best friend to a walk at Leith Hill. There's always fresh water for your dog at the tower servery - the highest point in south east England.

Bird hide

Th bird hide in the Rhododendron Wood is a great spot to sit peacefully and watch the comings and goings of native and migratory birds. Let us know what you've seen on Facebook.

Stay at Henman Bunkhouse

Henman Bunkhouse provides self-catering accommodation for family holidays, recreational visitors, corporate groups and volunteers. It can accommodate large groups of people and has a fully equipped kitchen.
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Leith Hill Tower, Surrey
Climb Leith Hill Tower; the highest point in south east England National Trust images / Andrew Butler

Discover the views from the tower with this virtual tour 

Leith Hill tower was built by a man who wanted to show off his wealth and be able to admire it from afar. When the tower was built in 1726, it was one of the highest buildings around.