Attractions/Leisure - The Museum
One of the delights of Leatherhead is its local museum. It is conveniently located in Church Street; about 2 minutes walk from the High Street. The museum occupies the picturesque 17th century timber framed Hampton Cottage. This building was purchased in 1976 by the Leatherhead Museum and Local Heritage Trust on behalf of Leatherhead and District Local History Society and opened to the public in 1980 after extensive renovations.
Exhibits include a collection of Ashtead Pottery, the swan from the old Swan Hotel in Leatherhead, models of Hampton Cottage itself and of the Roman Villa in Ashtead, as well as old photographs, maps and paintings of the area. As only a small proportion of the Society's collections can be displayed at a time there is always something different to be seen and return visits are very worthwhile.
Admission is free and there is a shop selling a variety of souvenirs, maps, educational items for young people, postcards and books on local history.
The Museum is open from April until Christmas on Thursdays and Fridays from 13.00 to 16.00 and on Saturdays from 10.00 to 16.00.
The museum now has step free access to the ground floor and garden allowing access for the first time to those with mobility problems or with pushchairs. Regrettably the nature of the little building, parts of which date from the 17th century, preclude access to the upper floor other than by stairs.