Some of our places we care for in the South East of England will be opening with guided tours, so you’ll need to pre-book before your visit. These tours will be led by expert volunteers and will show the places in a new light. You may also need to book in advance at some other larger places, where visitor numbers need to be carefully managed for practical reasons.
With vibrant displays of flowers and dewy mornings, September is a beautiful time of year in our gardens in Surrey. Don’t miss the highlights at Polesden Lacey, Winkworth Arboretum, Hatchlands Park and Claremont Landscape Garden.
If you’re in need of a leg-stretch this autumn, you’ll find no shortage of trails in Surrey. Our downloadable walks are easy to follow with step-by-step directions starting from Box Hill, the Devil's Punch Bowl, Runnymede and more. Every step you take helps us care for these special places for years to come.
Discover a variety of houses and unusual buildings in Surrey. From party houses to hillside mansions - you're sure to find something to enjoy, including Polesden Lacey, Hatchlands Park, Leith Hill Place and Tower and tours of Clandon Park.
Collect conkers on an autumn walk, build a den or explore the natural play areas at Claremont Landscape Garden, Hatchlands Park, Polesden Lacey, the Devil's Punch Bowl, Box Hill and Winkworth Arboretum. As the autumn colours intensify, there's plenty to explore in Surrey.
18 September 2021 brings the Wey River Festival back to Dapdune Wharf in Guildford - with a variety of stands, food, craft activities and of course, the fantastic illuminated pageant as it gets dark. The Wharf opens at 11:00 and there'll be lots to do all day.
Winkworth Arboretum is National Trust's only arboretum and is famed for its autumn colour. During our busy autumn season (27 Sept to 21 Nov) advanced booking is needed to guarantee entry. As the season gets underway, the whole hillside turns shades of red, amber and gold.
Enjoy glorious blooms in the herbaceous borders at Polesden Lacey, which flower right through September until the first frosts. Take in the autumnal views from the south lawn or stride out on a walk on the wider estate. Inside the house, marvel at the glittering gold Saloon and the collection of paintings and ceramics.
Steeped in nearly 300 years of history, this eighteenth-century garden is a green oasis in the heart of Surrey within easy reach of London. Previously the countryside retreat of queens and heirs, Claremont has always been somewhere to escape everyday life and enjoy simple outdoor pleasures. Many of the great names in landscape design history played a part in the creation of the estate, including Sir John Vanbrugh, Charles Bridgeman, William Kent and ‘Capability’ Brown.
The parkland, garden, house and courtyard at Hatchlands are open for you to enjoy. The Cobbe Collection includes paintings by old masters and 40 remarkable keyboard instruments, which is one of the largest collections of its kind in the world. The estate is perfect for autumn walks, taking you past peaceful ponds, through pastures and woodlands, with plenty of wildlife to spot on the way.
Leith Hill Place is a mansion house, on the edge of this dramatic Surrey hillside. It enjoys stunning views and its history is steeped in famous families like the Vaughan Williams, Wedgwoods and Darwins. Leith Hill is a beautiful place for a walk, topped off with a trip to Leith Hill Tower at the very top.
Box Hill is the perfect place to discover a family walk and explore the Surrey Hills. Our Natural Play Trail is a two-mile level walk and a great chance to play in the woods. There are lots of trees and structures to climb on. Specially for autumn, families can discover more about the many owls which live and visit Box Hill on the self-guided owl trail.
With so much wide open space, the Devil's Punch Bowl is a great place for a family walk. Experience true wildness on a hilly walk through the centre of the Punch Bowl. Or bring the scooters and the dog and saunter along to the viewpoint and back. There are icecreams and hot chocolates back at the cafe and even a natural play area to clamber on.
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