Leith Hill Tower

The Tower on Leith Hill has some of the most stunning views in Surrey. Here you can find out some facts and figures to impress your friends.

A high point of any visit

The Tower can be seen from the surrounding countryside; the top of the Tower marks the highest point in South East England at 1029ft (313m).

From the top you can see sweeping views 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.

Who built the Tower?

The Tower was built in 1765 by Richard Hull of Leith Hill Place as 'a place for people to 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.

A brief history

  • 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 National Trust by Mr W J MacAndrew
  • 1984 – rubble and cement dug out to reinstate rooms and create a servery at the base