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Things to do at Leith Hill

A view across lawn to the south front of Leith Hill Place country house, built in around 1600, at Leith Hill, Surrey. It's pale grey with a central building and a wing on either side
The south front of Leith Hill Place country house | © National Trust Images/Andrew Butler

With its Gothic-style tower, welcoming country home and far-reaching views across the South Downs, the picturesque Leith Hill estate offers a full day out for all the family.

Leith Hill Place

Sitting quietly the rolling hills of the surrey Hills countryside, Leith Hill Place has been home to some of the country’s most influential creative families, including the Wedgwoods and Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Today, this welcoming family home is a wonderful place to unwind and enjoy the far-reaching views which have inspired so many. Visitors are welcome to relax in the library with a good book, enjoy a cream tea on the terrace and explore the contemporary art installations throughout the house.

The house is open every weekend and Bank Holidays from 11am-5pm until October.

A man, two children and a dog walk up the front steps to enter Leith Hill Place, Surrey. The photo is taken from inside the double doors inside
Visitors entering the Hall at Leith Hill Place, Surrey. | © National Trust Images/John Miller

Leith Hill tower

This Georgian prospect house was built by Richard Hull of Leith Hill Place in the style of a gothic tower. The top of the tower is the highest point in South East England. On a clear day you can see Big Ben in London towards the north, and the English channel to the south.

The tower is open every weekend from 29 March – 27 October, 11am-4pm.

View of Leith Hill Tower through the trees in summer
View of Leith Hill Tower | © National Trust Images/Jo Hatcher

The countryside

The various waymarked trails meander through through woodland, heathland and farmland with wonderful vistas across the South Downs.

In spring, the estate comes alive with colour from delicate yellow primroses and purple haze of the bluebells in the ancient woodland, to the bright colourful rhododendros in Caroline Wedgwood’s historic Rhododendron Wood.

Visitors at Leith Hill Tower, Surrey. Two people are sitting on a bench with their dog and two bikes.

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