You Can Find This Magical Crystal Grotto On The Edge Of London

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Crystal Grotto London

There’s a whole lotto grotto at Painshill Park.

In London? Well, sort of. You’ll find this crystalline cave in Surrey, just within the boundaries of the M25, which means we’re claiming it for our own. So there.  [Photo: @buckyrocks]

This gorgeous landscape garden dates way back to 1738, and was the life’s work of Charles Hamilton, a well-to-do member of the Irish aristocracy. After touring around Europe and liking what he saw, he was inspired to fill his own plot of land with eccentric follies, Renaissance architecture and, yes, this rather lovely grotto.

Grotto
Photo: @dbtelford

Centered around a beautiful lake, the property features bridges, valleys, a Gothic Tower, an amphitheatre, statues and whatever else Hamilton fancied including, to be honest.

Painshill Folly London
Photo: @sometimesitsthelittlethings

There are several miles of trails (much but not all of it on an ‘accessible’ route) which will take you around the various sites. You might also recognise some of the features from the Black Mirror episode Hang the DJ on Netflix (fortunately one of the more romantic instalments in the series…)

Black Mirror Hang the DJ

Guests are welcome to enjoy a picnic and generally take their time exploring the grounds, so it’s perfect for a sunny weekend visit. (Also, the Crystal Grotto itself is only open at weekends!)

 

Painshill Park
Photo: @jainbow

 

All in all, it’s a rather fine spot to take in some fresh air, so head along this summer.

Crystal Painshill Q

Location: Portsmouth Road, Cobham, KT11 1JE. See it on Google Maps. Cobham & Stoke D’Abernon station (38 minutes from Waterloo) is two miles away, from there get a taxi or Chatterbus.
Opening hours: seven days a week, 10am – 6pm, with last entry at 4.30pm. The Crystal Grotto is open weekends only, 11am – 3pm.
Entry: £8 for adults, £4.5o for children, under-5s go free.
More information: on their website.

More fresh places to visit this summer:

💜The lovely lavender field in deepest south London
🚃100 great ideas for day trips from London
🏖15 beautiful beaches near London
🚴‍♀️ The best routes for summer bike rides

Guy Parsons

Guy Parsons

Guy is the editor-in-chief of Secret London. He likes running, cover versions and scotch.

1 comment

  1. Hi! Guy,
    Been to london several times but the info on your website is truly amazing.. things I did not know existed .
    Can u suggest , the MUST DO , NOT TO MISS events , things that we can do for a week in london starting from 5th July . Would really appreciate it.

    I love your website ..

    Regards /Ravi

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