Leith Hill Tower: planning your visit

Leith Hill Tower, Surrey

Why not venture to the top? Climb all 78 steps of the spiral stairs at Leith Hill Tower and gaze through a telescope. Can you see the Wembley Stadium Arch and the London Eye? Visits to the top of the Tower are available to book every Friday and Sunday. We're limiting numbers as the space inside is very small. Tickets must be pre-booked in advance.

Click here to book your tickets

Parking and when you arrive

We recommend parking at Starveall Corner car park (RH5 6LX) which is managed by Surrey County Council and is free. From there it's a 10-15 minute walk steadily uphill over rough ground to the Tower. It can be muddy after rain, so stout walking shoes are essential. Once at the top you may be asked to wait before going up the 78 stairs to the top, but you can drink in the wonderful views across the South Downs and towards London.

Members will need to show their membership card.

Staying safe

To help keep everyone safe, please follow social distancing and government guidance when you visit. And look out for signs while you’re here which will explain any changes to how you can access different parts of the site.

In line with government guidance, you may choose to wear a face covering in the enclosed spaces, but this is not compulsory.

If you’re showing any of the symptoms of coronavirus, or if you've been in contact with anyone that has the virus in the last 14 days, please don’t visit.

Facilities

The Tower is open on Fridays and Sundays from 10am – 4pm. Visitors need to book a ticket in advance as we can only have 6 people in the Tower at any one time.

There are no public toilets at the Tower or anywhere on Leith Hill. Tanhouse Farm Shop offer a small catering outlet from the base of the Tower with pasties, soup, cakes, ice creams and drinks available everyday 10am-3pm.

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.
 
Use one of the telescopes and try to see a boat on the English Channel from the top of the Tower.  
 

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