The local area of the Surrey Hills and around the Sculpture Garden has many other activities for you to enjoy. Here are a few we can personally recommend; whether you want a bite to eat and a drink, a place to rest your head, or somewhere to let the children run off steam. Why not give some where else a try while you are in the area.
Set in the heart of the Surrey Hills, in over 200 acres of picturesque countryside lies Gatton Manor Hotel and Golf Club. Now re-open under new management; they look forward to welcoming guests old and new to the course and clubhouse.
From the excellent practice facilities – driving range, putting green and chipping practice area – to the fair challenge of the course; there is no better place to enjoy a round of golf.
The clubhouse and restaurant are open daily to members and visitors, and offer seasonal menus using freshly sourced ingredients. Gatton Manor are the only venue in the immediate area to offer afternoon tea; this must be booked 48 hours in advance. Details can be found here.
The Scarlett Arms is a beautiful 17th Century Pub based in Walliswood, Surrey - located just a mile or so away from the Sculpture Garden.
Serving freshly cooked meals using local produce 7 days a week, accompanied by a selection of Beers, Ales, Wines & Spirits from the bar. A large enclosed garden including a children's area makes this the perfect pub to take family after a visit to the Sculpture Garden.
The Parrot is located in the beautiful village of Forest Green, set deep in the Surrey Hills around 3 miles from the Sculpture Garden. The pub sits proudly on the Green overlooking the cricket ground, right at the heart of the local community. Duncan and the team are on hand to welcome you to their beautiful pub, where you can enjoy freshly cooked dishes accompanied by a fine array of local ale.
Sitting right on the High Street in Cranleigh, The Richard Onslow is a busy pub with great food, 10 beautiful bedrooms and is conveniently located near to Guildford. They have worked hard to retain the period features in this historic building and they hope that their modern and unfussy approach to decor, service and food will give you the perfect place to celebrate, spend time with friends or simply unwind with a coffee.
Leith Hill (part of the National Trust) is a beautiful place set within the Surrey Hills, and from the tower rising majestically above the surrounding hills you can see sweeping views towards London in the North and the English Channel in the South. The top of the tower is the highest point in South-East England. Leith Hill has been popular with visitors since the Victorian times and you can enjoy similar pastimes today but with a modern twist; visit the tower and peer through a telescope, or follow a self-guided trails through ancient woods, the scented Rhododendron Wood or across open heathland. Leith Hill is within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and is home to an abundant wildlife. It’s also designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI).
Whilst you're at Leith Hill, don't forget to stop in and visit Leith Hill Place; another National Trust spot. The house was the childhood home of English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams and was once owned by the Wedgwood family. It was also regularly visited by Charles Darwin. Learn about Charles Darwin's visits. You can pause a while here and enjoy the stunning views, the delicious cream teas and the various exhibitions. You can even bring your dog into the house to enjoy it all with you. Leith Hill Place is a perfect spot to while away a few hours.
The Denbies Estate, based in Dorking, Surrey, has been family owned and run since 1984. Denbies vineyard was planted in 1986, and since then has become one of the largest wine producers in the UK. The Surrey Hills is a beautiful area to live in and while you are visiting do take advantage of the surrounding areas, including 7 miles of public footpath which trail throughout the vineyard.
Denbies often has art exhibitions in their main foyer. Light lunches are available in the conservatory, or for something more upscale they have a wonderful restaurant overlooking the vineyard.