Visiting the Town Centre - Local Attractions
There are many things to see and do around Leatherhead with all ages catered for. Special provision for younger visitors is made at attractions such as Bocketts Farm and Chessington World of Adventures. It is the glory of the Surrey Hills, however, that is the area's greatest attraction. Designated as one of the country's most outstanding landscapes, there are within the hills picturesque villages, guided walks and historic houses. The cultural associations within town and country are especially rich and they make for a fascinating range of visits. Norbury Park, Ashtead Park and Polesden Lacey are on the English Heritage Register of Historic Parks and Gardens, reflecting their association with great cultural or landscape movements of the past.
The place to start a visit is still the town of Leatherhead itself. Here the River Mole makes its way between islands and under the delightful 14 arch town bridge. Here the shops, cafes, galleries, museum and theatre sit amongst an eclectic mix of architectural styles. The ancient parish church and historic houses of past local families are evidence of a varied past and a lively town.
On the outskirts of town and well worth a visit are Denbies Wine Estate, Fire and Iron Gallery and the National Trust property of Polesden Lacey.
Denbies Wine Estate is the largest vineyard in England representing over 10% of the plantings in the whole of the UK. With a 360 degree cinema experience, winery tour, tasting and vineyard train tour this is an experience not to be missed!
Polesden Lacey was given to the National Trust in 1942 by the Hon. Mrs Ronald Greville DBE, Polesden Lacey is a 1400 acre estate in a beautiful setting on the North Downs. The Regency villa is home to a large collection of fine paintings, furniture, porcelain and silver, displayed in the reception rooms and galleries. There are extensive grounds, a walled rose garden, lawns and landscape walks.
On the outskirts of Leatherhead, is the Fire and Iron Gallery, which is known as the place to see and buy the very best metalwork by leading international artist blacksmiths. Fire and Iron Gallery has developed into a lively exhibition space where hundreds of metalworkers display their creations and many thousands of visitors come each year to learn about, enjoy and buy great metalwork. Special exhibitions are held regularly to complement the permanent displays, and occasional blacksmithing demonstrations take place in Fire and Iron’s purpose-built arena.