Leith Hill Tower

A high point in any visit

You can see miles from Leith Hill Tower

Our tower can be seen from the surrounding countryside and is the highest point in south east England at 1029ft (329m).

From the top you can see sweeping views across 14 counties and on a clear day you can see the English Channel to the south and the clock face of Big Ben in Westminster to the north.

Our ambition is to see a boat on the English Channel from the top of the tower! Email us with your photos of the view.

Who built the tower?

The tower was built in 1765 by Richard Hull © National Trust

The tower was built in 1765 by Richard Hull

The tower was built in 1765 as a ‘Prospect House’ by Richard Hull of Leith Hill Place. The eccentric Georgian built the tower, based on a typical 1300 Wealden Tower, to increase the height of Leith Hill to over 1000ft above sea level. He also intended it as "a place for people to come and enjoy the glory of the English countryside".

You can see many hollows on the nearby slopes and it's thought that the materials needed to build the tower were quarried on site.

Brief history

Leith Hill Tower was a popular picnic spot for Victorians © National Trust

Leith Hill Tower was a popular picnic spot for Victorians

  • 1765 – Built by Mr Richard Hull of Leith Hill Place.
  • 1800 – Sealed up with rubble and cement.
  • 1864 – Mr W J Evelyn adds stairwell to gain access to roof.
  • 1923 – Given to us by Mr W J MacAndrew.
  • 1984 – We dig out rubble and cement to reinstate rooms and create the servery at base.

Venture to the top

Climb to the top of the tower

Climb the 74 steps of the spiral stairs and gaze through the telescope. Can you see the Wembley Stadium Arch and the London Eye? The tower is open daily from 10am.

Information room

Edwardian visitors to Leith Hill Tower

We've just re-opened the information room half way up the tower - come along to learn about the tower's chequered history as well as the many people who've visited and looked after it.

Stop at the servery

End your visit with a stop at servery. Choose a light snack, sip a hot drink, perch on a bench and admire the views. Open daily from 10am.