Things To Do
Esher is known for its exciting horse racing and lovely landscapes great for leisurely strolls. Here are 7 things to do when you visit this beautiful
Claremont Landscape Garden
Claremont Landscape Garden has for a long time been a playground for the wealthy and influential. Rich in history, you will learn some great facts about some of the people who've lived there over the years, such as the future queen of England Princess Charlotte Augusta and the Duke of Newcastle (1693-1768) Thomas Pelham-Holles. The kids can also enjoy some children's crafts and trails.
Sandown Park Racecourse
Just 3 minutes away from The Albert Arms, getting to the Sandown Park Racecourse is no hassle at all. This popular racecourse is situated in the beautiful Surrey countryside and hosts exciting races and live concerts all year long. You can enjoy the races from the Grandstand and Premier enclosures where you will be as close to the action as possible while enjoying the stunning view of the country. Visitors can take a trip to the Parade Ring where they can view thoroughbreds and place their bets before the races start. Sandown Park Racecourse has been made as accessible as possible, with reserved parking bays and viewing areas for the disabled, plus complimentary tickets for eligible carers and assistants.
The Albert Arms offers comfortable hotel rooms near Sandown Park Racecourse.
Garson's Garden Centre
The Garson's Garden Centre is every gardener's dream, stocking up some gardening essentials that aren't easily accessible in regular gardening stores. You can get fresh produce during Pick Your Own season from June to October. The Garson's Garden Centre also hosts regular events and seminars if you're interested in learning more about gardening.
Designed by architect Patrick Gwynne, the Homewood is a modernist piece of architecture. The garden also has a modernist feel as it was meant to seamlessly tie in with the villa. Enjoy a guided tour of the whole property, where you can learn about the history of the place and the vision of the architect as he designed the garden. Booking happens online on the National Trust website. Be sure to get your tickets well in advance to avoid disappointment.
Mini Me's Soft Play
The Mini Me's Soft Play is an exciting and adventurous play centre providing indoor play for children aged between 0 to 7 years old. This little gem is located in the Sandown Park and Racecourse estate, so the kids can have a blast while parents go watch the thrilling races in the field. Rooms are colourful with interactive items to help children learn as they play.
If you love going on walks, a visit to the Esher Commons will be a great experience. From leisurely strolls to strenuous walks, the woodlands have great views and foliage. This is a great place to walk your dog and run around with the kids. The paths can get quite muddy during the rainy season, so if you're visiting during this time be sure to bring wellies.
This tower is part of the Palace of the Esher established in 1462 by Bishop William Wayneflete of Winchester. The Wayneflete Tower is located near the banks of the River Mole and has many photo opportunities for selfie addicts and professional photographers alike.