Claremont Landscape Garden
Claremont Landscape Garden
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Wheresmebus
Nantwich, UK254 contributions
We’re always amazed at the number of high quality green spaces so near to the city. This lived up to expectations, it’s possible to do the circular walk around the parkland in about an hour or so, but why rush? There’s loads of simple things to see and do, from watching the birdlife on the lake (apart from mallards and coots with young, we saw a pair of herons and an egret) to games for the kids like skipping competitions, skittles, badminton, obstacle courses. We thought it was great and really enjoyed the couple of hours we spent there. We did want to know more about how the history of the whole estate and how it came to be came to be divided between the school next door and the NT, but had to do the usual googling elsewhere to get the full SP. It’s an interesting history. The Belvedere feature was not accessible at our visit, which was disappointing as well as intriguing, since it doesn’t actually form part of the NT portion but is apparently available to visit at times. Hmm. By the way, the car parking is a bit limited, we visited in a motorhome, but phoned in advance and the management very kindly coned us a bit off so we could park our bus. Top marks for this, we were very impressed and grateful. Do visit this, it’s lovely. Oh, and don’t forget to try the coffee and pastries in the café.
Written July 4, 2022
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Kay B
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Friends
Lovely spot with a good play area and cafe. If you are not a member it is an expensive hour to walk around a very pleasant lake. If you are a member, make the most of it for a place to reflect, exercise, eat and play. Think of my admission fee as a donation to charity rather than a fair price for the experience.
Written August 21, 2021
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Hi Kay B, visitors (members and non-members alike) are more than welcome to stay more than an hour as we have 49 acres to explore. We're pleased to hear you think we're a lovely spot, we're certainly agree! And, as a charity, our standard entry fee of £11 (£12.10 with gift aid) is vital income in helping us look after Claremont for generations to come so we very much appreciate your support.
Written October 12, 2021
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amy
Woking, UK139 contributions
Family
Came here for an afternoon out with my parents (had to select family with teenagers for type of visit on here but I am 24 lol). Arrived and started the walk around 2pm; unfortunately there were no paper maps left to take at this time but there was still a photo of the map that I could just take a photo of.
The map made the park look massive but it was actually a lot smaller than it looked. We ended up walking around twice or else we would have leaving before we had even been there an hour.
Lovely views and I got some amazing photos.
Stopped at the cafe afterwards. I ordered some potato wedges with bacon and cheese which was £3.50. However when it arrived there was no bacon on it which was annoying as it cost an extra 25p for the bacon.
Also picked up some postcards for my scrapbook from the cafe which I was really pleased about as most similar places don’t seem to sell postcards anymore.
Overall this is a lovely place to visit but in my opinion too small to justify the £8pp entry fee.
Written September 20, 2020
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Hi amylss, we think our views are just spectacular, so we're glad to hear you got some lovely photos! Our café team were sorry to hear you were missing the bacon from your wedges but they would have been happy to rectify this at the time, had you raised it with them. We have 49 acres of Grade 1 Listed garden for visitors to enjoy and as you know, visitors are welcome to re-enter the garden during your visit so you don't miss anything while we've a one way system in place! Our standard entry fee is £10 which is vital income in helping us look after Claremont for generations to come, but you may wish to consider becoming a member of the National Trust. For those aged 18-25 it's £36 for a year which, as we gradually and safely open more of the places, gives you free unlimited entry to over 500 special places and free parking at most National Trust car parks. We're glad you enjoyed your visit and hope you'll visit us again in the future.
Written September 24, 2020
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Jean F
Great Bookham, UK224 contributions
We live just a few miles away and usually visit for a walk about four times a year, it is always enjoyable. Yesterday, a Friday during the November lockdown, we had booked ahead, as is necessary now. At first all was well, the lake was peaceful in the sun and a black swan swam past. We set off up the hill, following the longer one way system. It soon became obvious that, at 11.30 am, there were a good number of people there, most of them with no thought of 'social distancing'. When we returned on the narrow path around the side of the lake, there were more people than I have ever seen there before, walking straight towards us, barging past on the narrow path - we weren't walking slowly, it was impossible and, to be honest, upsetting. The café was doing 'take away' coffee; most people got their coffee and then walked down a very narrow path and against the one way system to some seats. When we finally made it to the car park, cars were piling in and a member of staff was finding parking spaces for them. Obviously the NT cannot be responsible for the behaviour of its visitors, but, in view of the Covid restrictions, more thought is needed here. Too many people are being admitted, it was like a free for all. Very sorry but we won't be back any time soon - very disappointing.
Written November 14, 2020
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Hi Jean F, we're really sorry to hear you didn't enjoy your visit to Claremont. Since the second lockdown was implemented we have reduced our daily maximum capacity and we are constantly reviewing this, and our one way routes and signage, as we absolutely want our visitors to feel safe in our garden. Our car park is quite small and as demand for our garden is very high at present, we do ask visitors to stay no more than 2 hours per visit. However there can be times, particularly in the middle of the day, when the car park seems very busy so we try to help get visitors parked quickly and safely. As you point out, we can't take responsibility for individuals actions, and as a charity, unfortunately we don't have the resources to be in the garden manning the paths. However, following your comments, I have updated the signage along the lake path so it's really clear to visitors that the path is one way only. We do hope you will visit us again soon, and if you do, please get in touch with staff on the day if you have any concerns. Thank you for taking the time to feedback to us.
Written November 20, 2020
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Vantangran
London, UK890 contributions
Couples
Variety of lengths of walk round a peaceful lake or up the slopes to the top of the amphitheatre make Claremont a constant pleasure to visit. The staff are always so friendly and helpful. There's a children's play area which you can embrace or avoid with equal ease. A refurbed cafe and outdoor seating provide a pleasurable end to your walk.
Written April 21, 2021
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Hi Emma, thank you for your lovely review! We're happy you had a relaxing and peaceful visit, and found our different routes to explore. We hope you can visit us again soon!
Written May 1, 2021
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Uk L
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This is a very picturesque spot to visit and ideal for a picnic or, as I did, a visit to the cafe for a delicious cherry almond sponge cake and coffee. I thought the deckchairs provided round the lake were a nice touch. I would recommend venturing away from the lake over to the school side where it is less busy. Parking was easy on an early Saturday afternoon.
Written September 15, 2021
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Hi 701ukl, thank you so much for your kind words. We're really happy to hear you enjoyed visiting Claremont and our cherry and almond cake! We always recommend a visit to the North Terrace and if you're brave, the view from Stony Hill (near Badger's Basecamp) is lovely in autumn. We hope you can visit us again soon!
Written October 12, 2021
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Jean F
Great Bookham, UK224 contributions
This beautiful landscaped garden is just a few miles from home, and we visit several times a year. Visiting recently on a rare sunny day, we found that it was quite busy with dog walkers, cyclists and groups of mums with children. The car park has recently been improved and there were a number of spaces, but it must be very crowded in school holidays or at weekends. The walk around the lake is always enjoyable, with waterfowl to watch, and there are several other routes, including one to a stunning viewpoint. The cafe is quite small and can be noisy, we sat outside with our coffee. A few gifts are for sale in the cafe, but not really a gift shop. Well worth a visit for a relaxing stroll.
Written March 10, 2020
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Jonathan C
Egham, UK870 contributions
We came here to enjoy the garden, and even on a dull day it didn't disappoint. Easy to get to by car (10mins from the A3 and just off the M25). The garden is currently operating a one way system to help control the flow of people. Well maintained landscape gardens, with plenty to see along the walks. Lots of birdlife, especially on and around the lake. Some lovely little architectural features around the garden including animal sculptures, a grotto, and building on the island in the middle of the lake.

Allow around an hour or two to walk around the area and see everything. At the end of the walk there is a nice little cafe and small shop.

Overall, I'd recommend a visit if you have a spare few hours.
Written October 13, 2020
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Hi Jonathan, thank you for your lovey review, we are glad you enjoyed your visit even if the weather wasn't the kindest! We're glad you found us easily and enjoyed seeing our varied birdlife. We love the photo you got of 'Leopold' our resident black swan, he looks marvelous! Please feel free to share your photography with us on social media, and we hope you visit us again soon!
Written October 21, 2020
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holidayhoney65
Chessington, UK781 contributions
Making the most of a rain free day, myself, daughter and grandson took a trip down to Claremont for a morning walk, it was obviously a popular choice as the cars were queing waiting for the gates to open. It was so nice to see so many families out enjoying the day. The gardens are beautifully landscape and even on a cloudy day still looked lovely. We took the long walk round the ground up the steep hill which is great for working those thighs but not so good when pushing a buggy, the paths are very stoney, bumpy and muddy in places so bare that in mind, wellies are the order of the day at the mo. The lake is so pretty to walk round with ducks, pigeons and doves all looking for some tasty treats. We stopped via the cafe for a hot chocolate which my daughter said was the best hot choc she'd ever tasted, high praise indeed. A great to visit with plenty of parking, the option to stop for a drink and a bite to eat and not too far to walk if you don't have a lot of time on your hands. Looking forward to visiting again in the Spring.
Written January 1, 2020
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Ian C
London, UK23,970 contributions
Sir John Vanbrugh, the architect of Blenheim Palace and Castle Howard, built the first house at Claremont for himself and his family.

Having sold the house in 1714 to Thomas Pelham-Holles, Earl of Clare, (later the Duke of Newcastle), Vanburgh was commissioned to add two wings to the house and build a tower on a hill in the park from which the family and guests could admire the views of the Surrey countryside as they took tea, played games or had a picnic.

The extensive landscaped garden around the lake were designed with input by a number of the best designers of the time including Charles Bridgeman, Capability Brown, William Kent and Sir John Vanbrugh himself. When completed in 1727, including the unusual grassy amphitheatre, they were described as "the noblest of any in Europe". Other features include buildings in the landscape and the 9-skittle bowling alley. Surprisingly a few rhododendrons were still in bloom.

The Belvedere Tower and the House are now owned by Claremont Fan Court School, while the gardens were donated to the National Trust in 1949. Recent additions have included a bear, a peacock and boar, while we were lucky enough to see a black swan in the lake

The gardens are enjoyable to walk around, even on a stormy June day. Unfortunately due to the lockdown, the tearoom and shop was not open, where on previous visits I have enjoyed having lunch.

One thing that would be good is if it were possible to walk closer to the tower, albeit it remains in the ownership of the School. It would be good to see it closer up.
Written June 29, 2020
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