Visiting Leith Hill Place

Step inside the childhood home of one of England’s most influential composers, Ralph Vaughan Williams. Soak up the atmosphere of this majestic house and gaze at the awe-inspiring views across the Surrey Hills

Follow the grass path to Leith Hill Place

Plan your visit

Leith Hill Place is open from 1 April – 30 October on Fridays-Sundays and Bank Holidays, 11am-4.30pm. Booking is not required. Please have your NT membership card ready or make your way down to the visitor entrance to pay for your entry. We recommend parking in Rhododendron Wood car park. This is free for NT members and £3.50 per visit for non-members. Well-behaved dogs on leads are welcome in the house.

A sepia montage of the composer, Ralph Vaughan Williams, as a young man aged about 20 with his childhood home, Leith Hill Place, near Dorking, Surrey in the background

Ralph Vaughan Williams at Leith Hill Place 

Composer, Ralph Vaughan Williams lived at Leith Hill Place in Surrey most of his childhood and his affinity for the area recurs throughout his life.

Books on display in a second hand bookshop

The second-hand bookshop at Leith Hill Place 

Browse the shelves and find a bargain. All the money raised from your donations directly contributes to conservation work and projects at Leith Hill Place.

A circular version of the Wedgwood family tree at Leith Hill Place, with names of generations of the family

History of Leith Hill Place 

Discover the rich and interesting past of this stunning place - childhood home of Ralph Vaughan Williams, home to the Wedgwood family and frequented by Charles Darwin.