Gatton Park
Gatton Park
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Gatton Park is a beautiful historic parkland with Edwardian gardens in Reigate, Surrey. Stretching 260 acres, the estate lies within the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is home to the Royal Alexandra and Albert School. Gatton’s awe-inspiring views were designed by renowned English landscape architect, ‘Capability’ Brown in the Eighteenth Century. The Japanese garden, rock garden, pleasure gardens and parterre were added by Sir Jeremiah Colman, of mustard fame, who owned Gatton in 1888. Open Days are on the first Sunday of the month from February to October 1-5pm. In addition, there is a programme of special events, workshops and children’s activities. The Gatton Trust is a registered charity and all proceeds from events go towards the restoration of Gatton Park.
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Michael H
Crowborough, UK826 contributions
Apr 2021
We had a family day out with a picnic in the superb grounds overlooking the lake. We wandered in the woods. Japanese garden and the park. It is well maintained and a joy as this was our first outing since last July. Very inexpensive too
Written April 5, 2021
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mandar508
Panjim, India4 contributions
Aug 2013 • Friends
I worked at the Lal Akash Indian restaurant which might not be around now and would often take a walk in the afternoons with my barbecue chef who hailed from the Himalayan mountains. We would walk past the young cricketers and I would stand by and admire the game a bit.Its a religion for my ilk as I hail from Mumbai city in India and my prayers done, we would take the left fork that would wind up steadily and the people would be fewer and fewer. As we topped the climb, we would sit on mounds and look far into the distance at Gatwick. My friend could see the planes landing and taking off while I would be peering away unfathoming. And then Lo and behold I would see the outline of an aircraft as I focused in the direction of his pointing finger. It was always amazing how these mountain men could see so far away and so clear. there would be some dogs bounding up to us with concerned owners trying to bring them to heel. In those days, there were some nasty bombs set off in London so folk looked at us with some hesitation.But the Dogs knew we were Indians.The curry smells made us popular. And then we would stroll down in an arc and arrive at the pond where we would enjoy the sight of black swans in the pond.They fascinated me because there was nothing like that where I came from. The walk back on the cobbled path among walkers and kids was fun. In summer, people going lobster red was funny and it was always a joy to see kids tearing away at play.They reminded me of my younger son I had left back home in India.he mall and the bookshop on the way, the cinema and the library, the quiet walk to Redhill ,the evening lights of the town, the little Thai restaurant and the generous Sunday special at the Chinese ,Reigate was always,clean,magical,gentle and polite.One day, in a few years, I will come with my sons and wife and walk up the hill and we will sit on the mounds and watch planes taking off from Gatwick.I know where to point and the young eyes of my sons will see what I once saw.
Written July 31, 2014
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Harbison-Surrey
Surrey, UK195 contributions
Jul 2012 • Friends
What an amazing place. I am not just saying this as an ex-pupil from the 70's but the volunteers have done an amazing job of restoring and the constant up keep of the gardens. There is a wonderful park trail, parts of which can become muddy. Check out the bird hide on the main lake and get to learn about the heronry on the island.

Open on the first Sunday of every month from Feb to Oct and other special occasion days its well worth the visit. Stop off for a tea and a superb peace of cake, I don't remember the cake being that good back in my school days.

Check out their website for more details http://www.gattonpark.com

I strongly recommend the "Gatton Country Fair Day" which is fun for all age groups.
Written December 31, 2012
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scaUK29
London, United Kingdom56 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
Parking is a nightmare and the toilets absolutely shocking (I decided to sanitise outside the toilet block rather than use their sink/soap) - spoils the day really which is a shame as the view is perfect, lovely walks which lead to the north downs trail. Of course we'll return again, but my children will not be using the toilets which means a short stop only. Cafe is well stocked.
Written August 23, 2020
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ceciliamorrison
East Grinstead, UK1,068 contributions
Aug 2019 • Friends
One is welcomed by volunteers as soon as one arrives at Gatton House. It cost us £5 each to visit the wonderful estate. There is a long circular walk around the grounds. Passing by the rockery and several ponds, then a large lake with lily pads, swans and other birds. There is a bird look out, with volunteers there to help one spot the birds. One eventually comes to a Japanese Garden which is lovely. Eventually one returns to the House. All the way around the walk there were fabulous views. There are a few plants one can buy by making a donation for them. There are cakes and tea for sale. It’s a very special place for children to visit. We saw many children having the time of their lives. The grounds are only open on the first Sunday of the month. Everywhere is very well looked after.
Written August 4, 2019
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RebsO
Englefield Green, UK24 contributions
Feb 2018 • Couples
We only came here as the website made a big deal of the snowdrops. Absolutely NOT worth the visit. There are few snowdrops and the rest of the park is not very well kept. Bit of a waste of a fiver.
Written February 12, 2018
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Dear Rebs, We are sorry to hear your expectations were not met on your visit to Gatton Park. While the displays may not be as impressive as some of the more famous gardens, we feel there is a huge amount of interest in what was a ruins when The Gatton Trust was created to restore them. We have been making steady improvements with the limited resources we have, including just two full time staff members for the park along with a group of committed volunteers managing the 250 acres of parkland. I hope you don’t feel your £5 was wasted as we are a charitable trust and it will go directly towards future works including developing our displays of winter snowdrops. We hope you will consider visiting again and that next time you will see that more progress is being made.
Written February 23, 2018
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melsmadhouse
Nerja, Spain121 contributions
Mar 2015 • Couples
Views were amazing and great sights throughout the walk. Parking is limited and most of the walk is really muddy so remember to take wellies or walking boots
Written March 1, 2015
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RandS688
Horley, UK57 contributions
Jan 2015 • Couples
This is a wonderful, well run park. The staff are all extremely friendly and knowledgeable and it is a beautiful place to visit. The views are spectacular and there are acres and acres of space to walk. I agree with Joanna T - there is something for everyone.
Written February 8, 2015
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Veronica H
Dartford, UK645 contributions
Oct 2014 • Couples
Good value at £4 and staff very helpful and welcoming. Spectacular view across the lake and over the surrounding countryside on emerging from the entrance. Rolling grounds with mainly good paths, including round the lake. Good place for families with dogs as well. Plenty of room to let off steam. Interesting sculptures made out of recycled materials. Signage could have been better though - a misleading 'no admittance' sign at the right-hand side of the lake, and lacking where the walled and rock gardens are. Hope to return at another time of year.
Written October 6, 2014
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Sennockian55
Sevenoaks, UK511 contributions
Aug 2014 • Couples
Only open on selected weekends, not much happening on the first Sunday in August. The view from the house when you step onto the rear terrace and look down across the lake is quite spectacular. Equally from the lake looking back up to the house, the views are special. But the rest of the visit was unexceptional. There is plenty of potential to turn this into a fabulous place to visit and not for one instant did J and I regret paying the £4 entrance fee - I hope it is put to good use.
The Japanese garden was a little run down and despite having been restored, didn't give much of an impression of a Japanese garden.
Where present, we found the signposting poor or inadequate (or simply absent) - had no idea about getting to the walled garden - the signs ran out.

Do go and enjoy the quiet, some magnificent trees, great views. But be prepared to be disappointed and to go away feeling it could have been so much better,
Written August 3, 2014
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